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Prepare 2022 Schedule

Get ready for Prepare 2022!

Note that the schedule is tentative at this time and subject to change. Please check back regularly for updates.

Ithaca is in the Eastern time zone (world clock converter), and all times are in ET.

Virtual Days


Wednesday, August 3

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Virtual Programming:

  • Logistics and schedule overview 
  • Story Circles: Belonging and Identity
  • Group Mentor Sessions 

Thursday, August 4 

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Virtual Programming:

  • Cornell Health Services 
  • Campus Safety and Cornell Police 
  • Student Panel on Cultural Adjustment 

Campus Days

Saturday, August 13

Breakfast and lunch at location of your choice (Cornell Dining locations and hours). 

  • 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Check-in and move-in at RPCC (2nd floor)
  • 1:00 - 4:15 p.m. Volunteer led bus trip to the mall 
  • 2:30 - 5:45 p.m. Volunteer led bus trip to the mall 
  • 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. Dinner at North Star (Appel)
  • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Casino and Game Night at Appel Multipurpose Rooms

Sunday, August 14

  • 8:00 - 9:15 a.m. Breakfast at Toni Morrison Hall
  • 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Late check-in at Kennedy Hall
  • 9:30 - 11:40 a.m. Cornell Essentials: Immigration, Academic Integrity, Career Services, and More at Kennedy Hall- Call Auditorium
  • 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Picnic lunch on the Ag Quad with mentors
  • 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Campus Scavenger Hunt starting on the Ag Quad
  • 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. Dinner at North Star 
  • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Sports, Games, and Bowling Night on North Campus

Monday, August 15

  • 8:00 – 9:15 a.m. Breakfast at Toni Morrison Hall
  • 9:35 – 10:30 a.m. Information Sessions on wellness, community spaces, inclusion, and more at 233 Plant Sciences
  • 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Mentor sessions (mentors decide location)
  • 12:30 - 3:45 p.m. Volunteer led bus trip to the mall 
  • 1:30 - 4:45 p.m. Volunteer led bus trip to the mall 

Tuesday, August 16

  • 11:15 a.m. – 3:30/4 p.m. Picnic at Taughannock Falls State Park. Be at RPCC at 11:15 am to catch the bus.
Prepare 2021 students eating
Prepare 2021 Taughannock hikers

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Prepare and Cornell first-year orientation?

Prepare is a pre-orientation program for incoming international undergraduate students. Prepare gives you a chance to meet other international students and get your bearings before you begin campus orientation activities and academic tasks.

Is Prepare available on video?
Prepare 2022 is a hybrid event, with two half-day virtual synchronous sessions and the remainder of the events held on campus and in the Ithaca community. If you'd like to get a preview of Prepare or if you're unable to attend, check out these videos from Prepare 2021:
Can I attend Prepare if I’m a graduate student?

Prepare is for undergraduates only. If you are an international graduate or professional student, you can attend International Graduate and Professional Student Orientation. In addition, be sure to check with the Graduate School and your field of study to see what other programs you can attend.

Can I attend Prepare if I’m an international transfer student?

Yes! Prepare is open to all new international first-year and transfer students.

Can I attend Prepare if I’m an American who has been living abroad?

American students who have been living abroad and would like extra time to adjust to life in the United States are welcome to attend Prepare.

Where will I stay during Prepare?
If you will live in campus housing, you will move in early to the room where you will stay for the rest of fall semester.  

More questions or concerns? Email us.