As a preventive public health measure during the COVID-19 pandemic, campus visitors are prohibited from entering any campus facility, including residence halls. Face coverings are required for all students, faculty, staff and visitors while on campus, both indoors and outdoors.
During the fall semester, in-person concerts, events and lectures that involve outside guests will not be held, per the university’s COVID-19 travel and visitor policy (PDF). We will notify the community when campus resumes normal operations, including private and group tours. Additional information is available on Cornell’s COVID-19 website.
Martin Y. Tang Welcome Center
Located at 616 Thurston Ave., the Martin Y. Tang Welcome Center is designed to welcome and inform prospective students, parents and thousands of Ithaca area visitors. Visitor Relations student and professional staff are on hand to greet, provide information and lead general campus tours.
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 Martin Y. Tang Welcome Center unless noted otherwise.
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.