Now that you’re settled in as a Cornell student, you’ll want to take advantage of the many social and educational opportunities on campus and in the community. Explore this page to find resources that will help you make the most of your time in Ithaca.
Ride TCAT buses to and from campus, with service throughout Ithaca and Tompkins County. Convenient phone apps help you plan your trip.
First-year Cornell students automatically receive one year of the OmniRide Pass for unlimited access to all TCAT buses.
Borrow a bike through Cornell’s Big Red Bikes bike-share program.
Upgrade your study skills and take advantage of tutoring and study groups for biology, chemistry, economics, math, and physics.
Improve your writing with seminars and writing-intensive courses.
Refresh your math skills and reinforce new math concepts with help from MSC math tutors.
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Ithaca has a temperate climate with four seasons. Summers are warm with an average high of 80°F (27°C). Winters are cold with an average high of 31°F (-1°C) and lows that can dip below 0°F (-18°C). Rain is common in spring and fall. It’s very important to dress warmly in the winter to avoid frostbite. Here are some tips for how to stay warm, even on the coldest days.
Buy a good winter coat.
Down coats will keep you warmest and since most have an outer nylon shell, they provide good protection from the wind. Wool coats are the next warmest. Leather coats can protect against the wind, but they aren’t warm enough for Ithaca winters.
Wear many layers of loose clothing.
The layers keep pockets of warmer air between them to insulate your body from the cold. For your upper body, a long-sleeved shirt worn over an undershirt and topped with a sweater and coat is best. For your lower body, a pair of long underwear underneath a pair of loose-fitting pants will keep you warm. Don’t forget your feet! Thick, insulating socks are especially important.
Cover exposed skin.
Keep your head covered with a hat or the hood of your coat. Bundle up with a scarf to keep your throat and chest warm.
Wear mittens or gloves.
Mittens will keep your hands warmer than gloves because they expose a smaller surface area to the cold.
Invest in a good pair of winter boots and warm socks.
Hiking boots with insulated lining and thick rubber soles with lots of tread work well on campus. They allow you to walk up and down the many hills safely while your feet stay warm. Boots with rubber feet or toes can work well. If the boots are all-leather, you will need to waterproof them with silicon spray. Rubber rain boots are waterproof but may not keep your feet warm enough. Don’t forget warm wool or fleece socks!