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.
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:
7. Prepare for classes
8. Familiarize yourself with Cornell's academic policies
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.
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
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.