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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Winter welcome guide

Welcome to Winter Session at Cornell!

Now that you're enrolled, please follow the steps below to make sure you're prepared for your first day of class.

If you're taking an online course, please review our welcome guide for students taking online courses.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Preparing for Winter Session


1. Review the Winter Session health requirements

Visit the health and safety page for information about health requirements, deadlines, and late fees.

If you are required to submit the Winter Session health history form, you must do so by the time you begin Winter Session.

2. Activate your NetID

You will need a Cornell Network ID (NetID) to access services such as e-mail, your grades, library services, and more.

Before Winter Session begins, you may receive a letter or text with information about activating your NetID. If you receive this information, we recommend you activate your NetID right away.

If you do not receive this information before arriving on campus, contact the IT Service Desk.

3. Learn about your housing options

To review your options, see housing.

4. Explore your dining options

For a list of on-campus dining facilities open during Winter Session, call 607.255.5368 or visit the Dining website.

To learn more about off-campus restaurants, see visitithaca.com.

5. Contact Student Disability Services if you need an accommodation for equal access

Cornell University is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities (including physical, medical, visual, hearing, learning, ADHD, and psychological disabilities) have equal access to all university programs and activities.

If you are a student with a disability and need an accommodation for equal access, please contact Student Disability Services, Center for Learning and Teaching, Cornell University, 420 Computing and Communications Center, Ithaca, New York 14853-2601 (telephone 607.254.4545; TDD 607.255.7665). Some accommodations, such as sign language interpreters, take advance notice to arrange, so please contact SDS as soon as you have decided to attend Winter Session.

6. Review what to bring to campus

Below are some items you may wish to bring with you to campus:

  • computer
  • cell phone or prepaid phone card
  • ATM card (This is the easiest way to get money. Unfortunately, the banks on the Cornell campus do not cash money orders, traveler's checks, or personal checks.)
  • towels
  • comfortable shoes suitable for rain, ice, or snow
  • clothes hangers
  • clothes suitable for cold and wet weather
  • a laundry basket and laundry soap
  • shampoo, soap, and other personal supplies
  • earplugs
  • power strips
  • flashlight
  • camera

7. Prepare for classes

8. Familiarize yourself with Cornell's academic policies

As a registrant you are expected to be familiar with Cornell policies. Please carefully review our policy page, including the Campus Code of Conduct and the Code of Academic Integrity.

9. Check out directions to Cornell, campus maps, and information about living in Ithaca

10. Make plans if you anticipate arriving early in Ithaca

If you plan to arrive in Ithaca before the start of Winter Session, be sure the housing you have selected will be available to you. Also, you must arrange your own meals. For a list of on-campus dining facilities open during Winter Session, call 607.255.5368 or visit the Dining website at dining.cornell.edu/.

You can find information about local hotels, restaurants, shopping, and much more at visitithaca.com.

11. Familiarize yourself with inclement weather resources

12. If you have additional questions . . .

Please contact us at the Winter Session office if you have questions about preparing for Winter Session.


When you arrive at Cornell

1. For registration or ID cards, stop by the Winter Session office

The Winter Session office in B20 Day Hall will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

2. Learn about parking and transportation on campus

3. Locate your classroom or take a campus tour

4. Check out Cornell dining hours and off-campus restaurants

5. Obtain your Cornell ID card and NetID, if you don't have one already

Review our ID card and NetID page for information about how to obtain these important documents.

6. Enroll in Cornell's emergency notification system

If you have not yet entered your emergency notification and contact information, please go to studentcenter.cornell.edu and select the links for Emergency Contact Info and Emergency Mass Notification. (You will need your NetID to access this system.)

For more information, visit Emergency Notification Tools.

7. Review important health and safety information

You can reach the Cornell Police by dialing 911 from any campus phone or 607.255.1111 from any cell phone.

Check out our health and safety page for important information, including links to gorge safety. Note that swimming in gorges is prohibited.

Cornell Health, located on Ho Plaza near Willard Straight Hall, is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (10:00 a.m. start on Wednesdays)

8. Take advantage of our academic advising services

Academic advising services are available to all Winter Session students. For assistance, contact our registrar in B20 Day Hall (607.255.4987, cusce@cornell.edu).

9. Connect with Cornell libraries and the IT service desk

To learn more about Cornell libraries, visit the CUL website or stop by the library nearest you.

Contact Information Technology at Cornell for information on e-mail accounts, printing, computer labs, and more.

10. Enjoy fun things to do in Ithaca

Check out these resources:

11. Still have questions?

Please feel free to contact the Winter Session office.