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 Tang Welcome Center is the perfect place to start your campus experience.
Martin Y. Tang Welcome Center
616 Thurston Avenue, Ithaca, N.Y. 14850
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
(closed on Saturdays in December and January)
Registration is required for all campus tours. Capacity is limited, so please register in advance of your trip to Ithaca. 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.
We are currently unable to accommodate special requests for groups and specialized tours.
Undergraduate Admissions offers regular information sessions that provide an overview of the colleges and schools, life on campus and the application process. Prospective applicants and their families will benefit from this general introduction to Cornell University. Sessions last approximately one hour.
Nestled in New York’s Finger Lakes region, Ithaca is only a few hours away from New York City, Philadelphia, Toronto, Boston and other major metropolitan areas.
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.)
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.
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.
Cornell University 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.
There are several options for dining on campus.
Every week, Cornell University 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.
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.
Select a location:
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