Seeing is Believing
While you’re here you can get a feel for the campus culture, see many of our facilities, meet current students and faculty, and explore the university’s lively community on and off campus.
Plan Your Visit
Let us help you plan your visit. Please choose an approximate date and tell us what brings you to Cornell.
Come Visit Us
At Cornell you'll experience the traditional college campus: eateries, residence halls, academic buildings, libraries, and research facilities. But its natural beauty—the nearby lake, natural waterfalls, and gardens—set the campus apart from others in the Ivy League. If you're looking for a city-campus feel, Cornell offers that, too. Collegetown is a short walk away and boasts award-winning restaurants and shops of all kinds.
Ithaca: Something for Everyone
Take some time to explore the surrounding area—Ithaca is one of the best college towns in the country. The vibrant community that extends beyond campus will welcome you as soon as you arrive.
General Campus Tours
Guided Walking Tours
Guided walking tours of campus take place throughout the year. This tour will give you an introduction to Cornell's history, its seven undergraduate colleges and schools, student life, athletics, and some legend and tradition. The tours are wheelchair accessible, are mostly outdoors, and last about one hour. We conduct tours rain or shine. General tours depart from Day Hall unless noted otherwise.
Freshman Experience Tours
This hour-long tour is designed for prospective students who have already taken the regular campus walking tour. Beginning at Day Hall and ending on North Campus, this tour will show you what you can expect during your first year at Cornell: residence halls, the Carol Tatkon Center for first-year students, dining halls, and the living-learning experience. This tour does not include academics or information about the colleges and schools.
Group Tours of 10 or more
We are happy to discuss and help you navigate various visit options on the Cornell campus. Groups of 10 or more people must make special arrangements with our office. Special tours, including the Historical Tour, group and private tours, are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and there is a $40 fee for each tour guide needed. Please contact us at least two weeks before your planned visit at 607-254-INFO (4636). We look forward to helping you explore Cornell University.
We offer two types of information sessions: general university information sessions about Cornell, student life, and our overall admissions requirements; and college-specific sessions offered by each individual undergraduate college or school. These one-hour presentations are offered during select times throughout the year and reservations are requested.
Explore the Campus
Students, faculty & alumni share their favorite Cornell spots.
Preparing for Your Visit
If you apply to Cornell as an undergraduate or graduate, you'll apply to the school or college that offers the major or field of study you're interested in. You can find detailed information about college-specific visits by selecting your college.