Move-In Day 2014 Information

As you may be aware, some folks have started to arrive on campus already.  And, we CANNOT wait for the rest of you to make it to campus.  With New Student Orientation officially starting next Wednesday afternoon, we know you are getting excited to arrive on campus and unpack your things.  Hopefully, new students are excited to see how life at Cornell actually works and those of you returning are getting ready to make it the best year ever.

If you are looking for some information about Move-In Day, we want to make sure you have it all:

On behalf of the faculty and staff, we welcome you to the Cornell College community. We look forward to your full engagement in the extraordinary educational opportunities available at Cornell.  New Student Orientation is quickly approaching and we want to share helpful information to assist with your move-in and your visit to the Hilltop.

We have created an Online New Student Guide ( and we encourage students and families to be familiar with the information on this site.

On Wednesday, August 27, there are two main tasks to accomplish in the morning: move-in and the “validation” process. Validation allows students to complete all remaining paperwork and have their college IDs made in one place.  To speed things up even more, send in your photo ahead of time through the checklist. NoteIf you will be employed on campus, be sure to bring a photo ID and original birth certificate, social security card, or passport to complete work study paperwork.

To help reduce your wait times for move-in and validation, we have divided you into two groups:

  • Students with last names A – M will go through validation first and then check in to the residence halls
  • Students with last names N – Z will check in to the residence halls first and then go through validation

In order to minimize wait times throughout the move-in and validation processes, please follow this format. Both processes are open from 8:30am until 12 noon.

There will be assistance with moving things into the residence halls and numerous signs around campus to help direct you to the right places. The linked parking map shows the best parking lot and entrance to campus to use, based on your residence hall assignment.

During the validation process, our Financial Aid and Business Services offices will have a presentation for families highlighting some new processes and answering any questions they might have.  It is scheduled to begin at 8:45, 9:45, and 10:45 am.  Your family is able to choose any of these sessions – all three will cover the same information.

Finally, the rest of the day is filled with opportunities for families to meet and hear from college leaders and faculty. The Academic & Student Life Information Sessions happen twice, once from 11-12:15 and a second time from 1:30-3:00.  The same information will be shared at each session and your family can choose what fits best with your schedule.  Because we know families often have questions about a student’s academic schedule, at 3:15 there are academic advising information sessions led by the faculty advisors. The family orientation culminates with new student convocation featuring President Jonathan Brand. This is an outdoor event, beginning at 4:00, lasting approximately 20 minutes.

At 3:15, you’ll be meeting with your PA and other members of your PA group to get ready for NSO and prepare for the start of the year.

We look forward to August 27th and getting to know you over the next four years!