Parents/Families


Parents, guardians, and family members are also part of the Cornell community. You all have vital roles to play in helping to create an even more caring, supportive, and healthful environment for your college student. We look forward to partnering with you on your student’s academic journey at Cornell.


January Orientation for Families of New Students

Orientation for families is Thursday, January 16th. All events tagged as “Family Friendly” are intended for parents and family members of new students. We would like to extend a special invitation to attend our Family Welcome Reception on Thursday evening while students are at their First Night event.

 Key Academic Dates for Spring 2020

  • Spring 20 Instruction Begins: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • Spring Break: Saturday, March 28th – Sunday, April 5th
  • Last Day of Classes: Tuesday, May 5th
  • Scheduled Exams:  Saturday, May 9th – Saturday, May 16th

Make Reservations Now

Because Ithaca is a small community, it is wise to make travel plans early for Orientation, and for other large university events. Visit Ithaca provides comprehensive travel and lodging information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please consult our FAQ for some suggestions about effective ways to interact with your student.

Information and Resources

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