Watch 2022 Orientation Videos
- August 14 video: Immigration, academic integrity, career services, and more
- August 15 video: Wellness, community spaces, inclusion, and more
What is Prepare?
Prepare is the Office of Global Learning's free preorientation program for international first-year and transfer undergraduates. It gives you an early start on your Cornell experience by introducing you to important resources for international students and helping you make friends from around the world—all before Cornell's new student orientation.
Sneak Peak Prepare 2023!
Prepare 2023 will have online and in-person portions. You will watch a set of short online videos and participate in two virtual synchronous sessions in July. In-person Prepare runs on Cornell’s Ithaca campus several days before the start of regular New Student Orientation.
You'll have time to move in and get settled before the start of new student orientation. Sign up to make lasting friendships and settle into Cornell. We expect to welcome over 300 students in Prepare.
Read "Why attend Prepare?" below to find out more about what Prepare offers. We're happy to talk with you about any questions or concerns before or during Prepare. We can't wait to meet you!
Check back for a link to register in spring 2023!
Questions? Email us.
Why attend Prepare?
Past participants say Prepare was a foundational part of their experience as new Cornell students. Attending Prepare helped them to transition to life in the U.S. and at Cornell and gave them a base of friendship that continued through their time at Cornell.
Our typical participation in Prepare is about 300 new students. Join us for a smooth start to your Cornell career and the chance to make friends for a lifetime!
Time to Adjust
University orientation for the entire first-year class begins before classes start. Prepare gives you a chance to learn more about life as a college student in the U.S. before plunging into other orientation activities and academic tasks. You’ll learn about the U.S. academic system, Cornell's student life and traditions, and campus opportunities for the international community. Prepare gives you a chance to ask questions and discuss issues with staff from across the university, including academic departments, health services, and campus police.
Meet Upper-Level International Students
Upper-level international students will join Prepare sessions to answer all of your questions and give you the inside track on campus life. They will serve as your mentors and guides to life as an international student at Cornell.
Memorable Program Offerings
Here are some Prepare events to look forward to:
- Cornell Essentials: Immigration, health and wellness, career services, and more
- Small group and mentor sessions with upper-level international students
- Story Circles intercultural workshop
- Cornell campus scavenger hunt
- Sports and games nights
- Meals and social time with other new international students
2023 Fees and Logistics
Paying for Prepare
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You are expected to arrange your own transportation to Cornell’s Ithaca campus in time for move-in and check-in. More information to come
All Prepare programming is within walking distance of student dorms.
Cornell University is committed to providing universal access to all events. Please let us know on the registration form of any accommodations you require in order to participate fully in Prepare.
If family is accompanying you to Ithaca, please be sure that they make their own lodging arrangements at a hotel, as the Prepare program is unable to accommodate non-participants. Hotels fill up quickly in August, so it is best to book your lodging as soon as possible.