Established in 1865, Cornell University is a privately endowed research university and a partner of the State University of New York. Unique within the Ivy League, we make contributions in all fields of knowledge in a manner that prioritizes public engagement to help improve the quality of life in our state, the nation and the world.
Visitor Relations is the front door to exploring Cornell’s Ithaca campus, providing information and tours to prospective students and families, alumni and Ithaca area visitors. Situated in a central location with stunning views of Beebe Lake, the Martin Y. Tang Welcome Center is the perfect place to start your campus experience.
Martin Y. Tang Welcome Center
616 Thurston Avenue, Ithaca, N.Y. 14850
Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Sat, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. (closed on Saturdays in December and January)
Join a student-led tour and experience all that Cornell has to offer. Capacity is limited, so advance registration is required. In-person campus tours are geared toward the undergraduate student experience and last roughly 75 minutes. Tours are held rain or shine, so please dress appropriately.
Discover campus on your own through a step-by-step self-guided tour via your smartphone. Our general campus tour lasts approximately one hour and covers the heart of campus. Download the app for iPhone or Android or text 'Cornell' to 58052 to begin exploring.
Can’t visit in person? Explore the beauty and traditions of campus from anywhere through our virtual tour – available for desktop or mobile devices.
The first step to becoming a Cornellian is applying for admission. Start your journey by reviewing our admissions timeline, process and requirements.
Cornell's undergraduate admissions community offers in-person information sessions and a variety of virtual resources that provide unique insight into student life, the admissions process and admissions requirements. Consider watching our on-demand general information session before diving deeper into college- and school-specific sessions.
Follow the travel guides below, or use your preferred online navigation tool to find directions to the Martin Y. Tang Welcome Center (616 Thurston Ave., Ithaca, N.Y.)
Parking is available for a nominal fee on weekdays and for free on the weekends. You may choose to pay for parking in advance while scheduling your tour or pay to use any number of conveniently located Parkmobile lots once on campus.
TCAT (Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit) provides fast and affordable bus transit throughout campus, downtown Ithaca and Tompkins County. Daily cash fares start at $1.50 per trip; children 13 and younger ride for free. Visit tcatbus.com for schedules, maps and more details.
Cornell is committed to maintaining an accessible, usable and welcoming environment for all faculty, staff, students and visitors. Cornell offers a detailed map of accessibility points and gender-neutral restrooms; more information and resources may be found at the Disability Access page.
Focused on diverse, healthy and sustainable cuisine, dining at Cornell is a culinary experience rarely found on a college campus.
Every week, Cornell plays host to dozens of lectures, performances, exhibits and much more. Below are just a few of the many locations often visited by the public. Check out events.cornell.edu for a full list of upcoming events and activities, or the "Life at Cornell" page to explore more opportunities for enrichment.
Beyond campus, take advantage of a wide variety of entertainment, dining, lodging and recreation options. The Visit Ithaca website has up-to-date listings, details on upcoming events, and even a list of local waterfalls.
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616 Thurston Avenue Ithaca, N.Y. 14850
230 Garden Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850
160 Ho Plaza, Ithaca, NY 14850
124 Comstock Knoll Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850
411 Tower Rd, Ithaca, NY 14853
135 Ho Plaza, Ithaca, NY 14851
114 Central Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853
351 West Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853