Your First Week
Taking a job in a new country is exciting—and also confusing! In the first few weeks, there are many new things to learn about and accomplish. We hope this information will help you as you settle in at Cornell.
What to Do in Your First Week in the U.S.
If you’re being paid by Cornell, fill out the Division of Financial Affairs tax office’s online form.
Review HR policies for faculty and staff. Find out about Cornell’s campus code of conduct, diversity, the academic calendar, and more.
Learn all about the university. Take campus tours, find maps, and more.
Check out our Life at Cornell resources page. From transportation to wellness to English programs—we want to help you find everything you need.
I don't have a SSN. Where can I get a bank account?
The Office of Global Learning doesn't recommend any particular bank. Here's a preview of local banks' rules:
- CFCU: Permits customers without SSNs or ITINs to get debit cards and access e-banking.
- Alternatives Credit Union: Requires only a lease document with a local address to open an account.
- Bank of America: New accounts require a driver’s license and passport. The catch is that the customer must open the account in person, and the nearest location is Syracuse, New York.
- Ithaca Community Bank: Permits customers without SSNs to open accounts, get debit cards, and access e-banking.
- M&T: Permits customers without SSNs to get debit cards and access e-banking.
- Tompkins Trust: Offers a student account option that doesn't require an SSN, but it is only available for students up to age 25. Permits customers without SSNs or ITINs to get debit cards and access e-banking.
More information about local banks can be found on the Local Banking Services page on the Office of the Bursar website.