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Recently Accepted for Fall 2015?
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.

First Things First
Submit within 10 days of offer or January 9

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Submit Enrollment Deposit and Response

The enrollment deposit is due within 10 days of the date on the offer of admission letter or January 9, whichever is sooner. If the deposit is not received or postmarked by the due date, the university cannot guarantee housing.

Activate your NetID as soon as you receive it
  1. Receive email (at admissions email address) that NetID was created
  2. Log in with your ApplicantID and password to retrieve your NetID Activation Code.
  3. Use this code to activate your NetID and email
  4. 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.

As soon as the university processes your enrollment deposit, you will receive an email (at your admissions email address) that your NetID was created and what to expect next. You are expected to activate your NetID and Cornell email account immediately.

For more information, visit NetID & Email.

Learn after activating NetID

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:

  • forms
  • exams
  • 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.

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Housing Application Process

Access the Housing application at

Enroll in a meal plan.

Dining/Meal Plan Enrollment

To review your dining options, visit

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.

Attend your check-in event.

If you failed to submit a photo online, you can have your photo taken at your check-in event or, after that date, at the Office of the University Registrar in B07 Day Hall, Mon-Fri, 8:00-4:15.

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

As soon as possible

International Students: Additional Requirements

If you are not a United States citizen or permanent resident, you may need to obtain F-1 student visa status in order to study at Cornell.

Please read the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) guide for newly accepted international students. Complete the requirements to get your F-1 certificate of eligibility (called an "I-20") and F-1 entry visa stamp as soon as possible!

Getting Ready
Health & Community
Submit by December 19 (postmark deadline)


  1. Log in and review instructions now
  2. Obtain copy of your immunization history and schedule a physical
  3. Fill out form online, submit, and print
  4. Take printed form to health care provider for information/signatures related to physical exam and immunizations
  5. Mail signed form by December 19
  6. 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 19


  • Submit by December 19 or earlier
  • Send disability documentation to:

    Student Disability Services
    Cornell University
    420 CCC
    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

Enroll in a fitness plan

Fitness Centers Enrollment

Cornell Fitness Centers provide safe, convenient, effective, and enjoyable exercise programs with five centers located around campus, more than 80 group exercise classes each week, and an extensive variety of cardio and weight equipment.

Access form: Fitness Centers Enrollment

Submit by January 9

Submit by January 9

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

Available now

Available now

Get a Big Red Sports Pass

The free Big Red Sports Pass gives you access to all home athletic contests (except men's ice hockey) at no cost. Sign up for the 2014-15 pass now. Once you sign up, the service activates on your Cornell ID Card.

Sign up for the 2014-15 pass (NetID required)

Immediate attention required

Health Insurance

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.

January 2015

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 Essentials at to make sure that all of your information including addresses and emergency contact/notification are correct.

Courses & Colleges
Variable by college

Login for your college.

College Specific Items

Your college may have specific tasks for you to complete. 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.

For more information, visit College & School Links

Submit as soon as possible

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: or (607) 255-5241.

January 2015

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.

Submit as soon as possible

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, a copy will be sent to your email address for your records.

Access form: Bursar Disclosure Statement

Apply for CornellCard

CornellCard Enrollment

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 1

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.

Pay by January 7

Enroll in Net.Pay and Pay Your Tuition Bill

Bursar bills are electronic, via Net.Pay, paper bills will not be sent.

  1. Activate your Cornell NetID and email address.
  2. Sign up for Net.Pay beginning November 1. You will need your Cornell ID number. You will not be able to view or pay your tuition bill without enrolling in Net.Pay.
  3. Pay your tuition bill by January 7. The December bill including spring semester tuition will be available via Net.Pay on December 12.

For more information including a complete bill schedule, visit the Bursar website.

Before You Arrive & Orientation
Available mid-December

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.

Available now

Transit Access, Parking Permits, Bicycle Registration

Transit Access: New-to-Cornell students automatically receive free, unlimited-ride TCAT bus privileges until August 31, 2015. No need to submit a form. Students must use their Cornell Student ID Card at the fare box and remain registered to access this privilege.

Parking Permits: Parking on campus is restricted to permit or payment. Students can register their vehicle (required; free) and purchase a parking permit (optional; price varies) for their residential area or a commuter lot prior to their arrival.

Bikes: Bicycle registration (free) is mandatory if you ride or store a bike on campus.

Available January 13

Check Registration Status & Schedule

Beginning January 13, the university will update your registration status on Student Essenstials.

Log in to Student Essentials (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.

Immediate attention required

Attend New Student Check-In Event and Welcome Breakfast

New Student Check-In has ended. If you need to pick up your Cornell ID card, please come to the Office of the University Registrar, B7 Day Hall, to pick up your ID card or have one made.

Protect your Cornell ID card. It is used for door access, dining, libraries, transit, CornellCard and fitness. There is a $40 fee for all replacement ID cards. Learn more about the Cornell ID.