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Check back in April for your To Do List, Forms, and additional updates.
To Do List
Items are required unless noted otherwise. As you arrive on campus, please take advantage of campus offices and resources.
Submit Enrollment Deposit
The enrollment deposit is due within 10 days of the date on the offer of admission letter or January 10, whichever is sooner, and should be submitted no later than the due date. Instructions for paying your deposit are included in your Decision Notification.
If you have questions, please contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Receive email (at admissions email address) that NetID was created
- If text messaging activation is available, attempt or wait for postal delivery
- Activate your NetID and Cornell email account at netid.cornell.edu
- Check email regularly for official university communications
Activate NetID & Cornell Email Address
Your Cornell NetID is your key to secure online services at Cornell. You will need it to view and pay your bursar (tuition) bill, add and drop courses, check financial aid awards and more. Your Cornell email address will be used for official university announcements.
Your NetID and activation code will be sent to you after the university processes your enrollment deposit and response card. You are expected to activate your NetID and Cornell email account immediately.
For more information, visit NetID & Email.
You will see your Cornell ID # in the To Do List only when you are able to login with your NetID and password.
Memorize Your Cornell ID #
All new students must memorize their 7 digit Cornell ID #.
This is your unique personal identifier at Cornell. It will be printed on your Cornell ID card. You will be required to use it for:
- paying your bill
- security verifications and more.
Your Cornell ID # is different than your Cornell NetID.
Your NetID consists of your initials plus a number. You use it, along with a password, to obtain secure access to online services at Cornell.
Housing Application Process
Access the Housing application at housing.cornell.edu.
Dining/Meal Plan Enrollment
To review your dining options, visit dining.cornell.edu
In addition to the traditional meal plans, be sure to check out City Bucks - a pre-paid declining balance account accessed through your Cornell Student ID Card that eliminates the need to carry cash at many off-campus locations.
Submit Final College Transcript
Please send a copy of your final college transcript(s) that reflects completed courses through the end of your current term to: Processing Center, 349 Pine Tree Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.
If you have questions about your final report, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office: email@example.com or (607) 255-5241.
International Students: Additional Requirements
If you are an international student, (not a United States citizen or permanent resident), there are additional requirements that you may be required to complete based on your status.
- The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) has prepared this guide to newly accepted international students. Read through the information and complete the requirements—including VISA and Immigration Information—as soon as possible.
- When you arrive on campus, you must check in at the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO), B50 Caldwell Hall. Learn more.
Find Caldwell Hall on the Cornell University map.
Login for your college.
College Specific Items
Once your admission coupon has been processed, a message from your college should appear when you're logged in. Your college may have specific tasks for you to complete prior to Orientation.
Please activate and check your Cornell email regularly and make sure that your postal mailing address is current on Student Center so that you don't miss any important communications.
Additional information pertaining to your course enrollment will be reviewed during your College Orientation sessions in January.
For more information, visit College & School Links
- Download and complete form (all applicable signatures are required).
- Submit as soon as possible. Financial aid will not be credited until completed form is received.
- Secure fax (607) 255-6329
- Upload to secure site: www.finaid.cornell.edu
- Mail to:
Financial Aid Processing Center
349 Pine Tree Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
- Please allow 5 business days for processing.
Financial Aid Recipients: Financial Aid Application Certification
All financial aid recipients are required to complete this form before aid can be disbursed to their account. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment at (607) 255-5145 with any questions.
Please also log in to Student Center and look at the To Do List on the right hand side of the web page. This list will indicate if you have any other incomplete items that are essential for the financial aid process.
Access form: Financial Aid Application Certification
- Log in and review instructions now
- Obtain copy of immunization history and schedule physical
- Fill out form online, submit, and print
- Take printed form to health care provider for information/signatures related to physical exam and immunizations
- Mail signed form by December 20
- Check updated compliance status here
Health History & Immunization Compliance
There are a number of steps involved in this process that may take several weeks to complete. Please log in now to read the instructions. This will give you the opportunity to plan the actions you must take to complete your form, submit it by the deadline, and avoid penalties and registration delays.
Access form: Health History Form
- Submit by December 20 or earlier
- Send disability documentation to:
Student Disability Services
Ithaca NY 14853-6601
Request for Disability Services and Accommodations
If you have a disability and think you require some type of accommodation, please complete this form and return it, along with your disability documentation, to Student Disability Services (SDS).
Access form: Request for Disability Services and Accommodations
Bursar Disclosure Statement
Read the Initial Disclosure Statement, the Retail Installment Agreement and the important information regarding your rights to dispute billing errors on this form. When you submit the statement, we will send a copy to your email address for your records.
Access form: Bursar Disclosure Statement
The CornellCard account is a service that allows you to make purchases by presenting your Cornell Student ID card. This service can help you manage your day-to-day expenses without having to carry large amounts of cash.
Access form: Apply for CornellCard (NetID required)
Submit by January 10
Spiritual Life at Cornell
Cornell United Religious Work (CURW) coordinates the programs of the major religious traditions that sponsor communities at Cornell. The member groups of CURW sponsor services, social and cultural events and lectures. We are available to counsel you and your family in times of crisis.
Access form: Spiritual Life at Cornell
Fitness Centers Enrollment
Cornell Fitness Centers provide safe, convenient, effective, and enjoyable exercise programs with five centers located around campus, more than 60 group exercise classes each week, and an extensive variety of cardio and weight equipment.
Access form: Fitness Centers Enrollment
Submit by January 10
Student ID Card Request
You are required to submit a photo online for your Student ID Card.
Depending on your relationship to the university and the services that you sign up for, your ID card can also be used as an electronic door key and to access a variety of functions and facilities on campus, including athletic events, CornellCard charges, dining units, fitness centers, libraries, and transportation services.
Access form: Student ID Card Request
Submit by January 1
Cornell Installment Plan Enrollment
The Cornell Installment Plan (CIP), also known as the Tuition Pay Plan, is administered by Sallie Mae. CIP allows you to pay your tuition in interest-free increments over a 5, 10 or 12-month period. Only the 5-month option is available for January entrants. Using the installment plan may help you borrow less and even your cash flow.
For more information or to enroll in CIP, visit Cornell Installment Plan.
The status of this item will not be updated on your To Do List until December.
Health Insurance Enrollment or Waiver Application
Cornell University requires all students to have quality health insurance. According to our records, you have not been enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan, nor have you waived the requirement. Please contact the Office of Student Health Insurance at 607 255-6363.
Commuter & Parking Services
Register your car or bicycle or sign up for a parking permit.
Access form to register your car or bicycle or sign up for a parking permit: Commuter & Parking Services (NetID required)
Update Primary & Emergency Contact Addresses
Did you move? Did your mailing address change? Cornell must have an accurate mailing address to ensure you receive critical information. Confirm & update your address so you don't miss important information.
Before you activate NetID
Log in to Cornell's application self-service system to report an address change.
After activating NetID
Visit Student Center at studentcenter.cornell.edu to make sure that all of your information including addresses and emergency contact/notification are correct.
Confirm Swim Test Exemption
Transfer students entering with 2 semesters of academic credit or more are exempt from the swim test requirement. Consult with your college registrar to determine how many semesters of credit you will receive. If you are not exempt, either take PE 1100 - Beginning Swimming or take the swim test in April.
Review Orientation Guide
You should receive the Orientation Guide as a PDF via email beginning mid-December. It is your essential guidebook to Orientation! Your college schedule, daily schedule, university required events, and of course, everything fun is contained in there so look closely and make your own personalized schedule.
Download the Orientation Guide here beginning mid-December.
Enroll in Net.Pay and Pay Your Tuition Bill
Bursar bills are electronic, via Net.Pay, paper bills will not be sent.
- Activate your Cornell NetID and email address.
- Sign up for Net.Pay. You will need your Cornell ID number. You will not be able to view or pay your tuition bill without enrolling in Net.Pay.
- Pay your tuition bill by January 7. The December bill including spring semester tuition will be available via Net.Pay on December 14.
For more information including a complete bill schedule, visit the Bursar website.
Check Registration Status & Schedule
Beginning January 14, the university will update your registration status on Student Center.
Login to Student Center (NetID required) to make sure that you have no holds preventing your university registration. Even if you do not have holds, you still must attend the New Student Check-In Event to pick up your Cornell ID Card.
Attend New Student Check-In Event and Welcome Breakfast
All new students are required to attend this event in on Friday, January 17 between 9-11am at Willard Straight Hall to pick up their Cornell ID card. Staff from across the university will be available to answer questions and share information regarding matriculation and campus opportunities.
If you missed your New Student Check-In event, but successfully submitted your ID Card Request, you can pick up your ID Card at your Residence Hall Service Center. If you didn't submit the ID Card Request form, go to the Office of the University Registrar in B07 Day Hall, beginning Tuesday, January 21, Mon-Fri, 8:00-4:15, to have an ID card made.