NOTE: This information is for incoming new and transfer students starting spring semester; all current Cornell students should refer to information on winter break for details concerning their return to campus.

As you prepare for the start of your time at Cornell College, you will find the following information useful (please note that this page will be updated to provide additional information as it becomes available).


Housing assignment information

You will receive a message to your Cornell e-mail with your housing information (including building and room number, campus mailing address, roommate's name and e-mail address and other important information). This will be sent the week of December 15 for those students who have submitted their deposit by that time (contact the Admission Office if you have questions about your deposit). Students who submit their deposit over winter break will receive their housing information on a rolling basis.

Also, if you have not already done so, you should complete your housing preference form. You can update your preferences as often as you would like (through Sunday, December 14). To update your form, simply log back in and make your desired changes.


Dates and times for opening

You may pick up your key and move into your room beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, January 9 (please note that we cannot accommodate requests to move in prior to that date). When you first arrive on campus, you should go to the Residence Life Office in Old Sem to get your room key (refer to the campus map for help in locating Old Sem). Spring orientation begins that day, and so you should plan your arrival to campus to allow you enough time to move in and attend orientation (visit New Student Orientation's website to learn more about spring orientation).


Meal plan information

The first meal served for all new and transfer students will be lunch on Friday, January 9. We need to collect meal plan preferences from all new students. Please refer to the meal plan selection information for more details.


ID card photos

You will receive a Cornell identification (ID) card when you get to campus and you will be required to carry that at all times. You can choose to submit your ID card photo in advance. Refer to ID Photo Submission information for details.


Living with a roommate

Students new to sharing a living space may find our information on living with a roommate helpful in learning how to navigate that relationship.


Mailing your belongings to Cornell

Please refer to the information on mailing your belongings to campus.


Storage pods

Cornell College occasionally receives requests from students who want to use commercial storage pods as a means of moving their things in or out. The College can permit a limited number of storage pods to be stationed on campus. Requests will be honored in the order in which they are received. Refer to our information on storage pods for complete details.


Suggested packing list

Please refer to the suggested packing list for a list of items that you might want to bring as well as a list of items that are prohibited.  Also, if you plan applying for a job (including a work-study opportunity), you must also bring an original birth certificate, social security card or passport.


Residence Hall Linens

Please refer to our information on beds and linens so that you can ensure that you purchase appropriate linens


Student parking on campus

Students interested in bringing a car to campus should refer to Campus Safety's information on student vehicle and parking regulations and then complete Campus Safety's student parking registration form.


Getting to and from the airport

If you will be traveling and don't have a car, you can refer to a list of transportation suggestions compiled by the Thomas Commons Information Desk. There you will find the College's electronic need a ride board as well as information on commercial transportation opportunities.