Housing Waitlist, NCRE Names, Study Abroad

March 26, 2021

Dear Cornell families,

We are all enjoying the warmer weather here in Ithaca and the opportunities it presents to explore our beautiful campus. Please continue to encourage your student to take part safely in the activities, events and growth opportunities available to them — on campus or in the surrounding area — outlined below. There is more in store for the remainder of the spring semester.

With many religious holidays approaching, I want to remind you of Cornell’s travel and visitor policies (PDF) and how critical they are to keeping your students, our campus and our surrounding community safe. Please also take a moment to review the religious observance accommodations available to your students.

Thank you for your continued partnership in this effort.


Ryan Lombardi

Dear Cornellians,

Like many of you, I have enjoyed the warmer spring weather and all of the activities and opportunities that come with it. As I walk around campus, it brings me joy to see so many of you safely taking part in such Cornell traditions as listening to the Chimes, studying or watching the sunset on the Slope and connecting with friends over a game of frisbee on the Arts Quad. Please take time for yourselves and get outdoors to explore our campus and all that Ithaca has to offer, but please do it safely.

Below, you’ll find other great opportunities, such as connecting with Career Services, participating in a library workshop and showcasing your work through upcoming award programs.

I know we can finish this semester strong if we continue to work together, support and show care for all members of our community, and do our best to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Ryan Lombardi

Vice President for Student and Campus Life

Campus Life

Upcoming religious holiday observances and academic accommodations

With the approach of numerous religious holidays, including Pesach, Holi, Easter and Ramadan, learn more about observances planned by campus groups and review resources about religious observance accommodations.

Join the Tatkon Center team

Apply to join the team and you could help support first-year students, gain experience in program development and customer service and get paid to help new students learn from your experience. Applications are due March 31; read the position description and visit the Tatkon Center website for more information.

Connect with Cornell alumni

Sign up for CUeLINKS, a university-wide online networking platform where students can connect with Cornell alumni, faculty, staff and friends across the world to find advice on navigating Cornell, choosing career paths and other life choices.

Plan for your future with Cornell Career Services

Career Services offers students a career development toolkit in Canvas to guide you through wide-ranging employment topics, including career readiness and exploration, networking, resumes and cover letters, virtual career fairs, interviewing and more.

Housing & Dining

Housing waitlist

On-campus housing is still available for 2021-2022, with the waitlist open until March 28. Find more information on the Housing Portal.

Themed dinners: Dining in the Tropics and Taste of the Islands

Join Cornell Dining for special themed dinners on March 31. Students may choose from “Dining in the Tropics” or indulging in dishes with a “Taste of the Islands.” Dine-in seating and takeout meals will be available; find more at the Cornell Dining Now website.

Combo deal for reusable containers and utensils

As part of our Sustainability Action Plan, Cornell Dining seeks to reduce the use of single-use disposable containers, especially as takeout meals have become essential for staying safe during the pandemic. Thanks to a partnership with the Campus Sustainability Office and Cornell Grounds, you can buy a reusable takeout container and utensils for just $5 at seven residential dining rooms. The offer runs through Earth Day, April 22, or until 300 units are sold.

Residence hall names honor McClintock, Hu, Cayuga Nation

Three new North Campus residence hall buildings will be named in honor of Nobel Prize winner Barbara McClintock, B.S. 1923, M.A. 1925, Ph.D. 1927; renowned Chinese scholar and diplomat Hu Shih, B.A. 1914; and the Cayuga Nation.


Fall 2021 study abroad applications close April 1

Undergraduate study abroad is open for fall 2021 in select locations. Explore the Office of Global Learning’s approved programs and start your application at Experience Cornell. Find answers to your questions on the fall 2021 FAQ and updated finances page.

Call for papers: Undergraduate Migrations Research Symposium

Cornell’s undergraduate Migrations scholars are currently accepting research proposals (due March 28) from undergraduates of any concentration, department and discipline on topics of migration for its May 7 symposium. Accepted students will give a brief virtual presentation and be able to connect with peers interested in migration issues.

Register now for online summer classes

Students can take Cornell courses online, study with university faculty and earn up to 15 credits during the Summer Session (June-August 2021). Classes will be added throughout the spring; view the class roster for more information.

Einaudi virtual summer internships

The Einaudi Center’s global virtual internships, allowing students to connect with faculty conducting international research and with the center’s partners around the world, are back in summer 2021! Positions are available in Africa, Asia, Latin America and beyond. Applications due April 15.

Is your day brightened by a particular Cornell employee?

Sometimes we find support in unexpected places. Think about your daily routine and the residential, academic, study, dining and recreational spaces you inhabit. Is there a faculty or staff member who stands out because they regularly make your day or help you feel like you belong? Identifying these "bright spots" is part of the university’s Mental Health Review.

Library workshops, events and more

Build your skills and explore your interests with free virtual workshops and events organized by the library. Librarians are always available to answer your questions.

Looking for mid-semester academic support?

The Learning Strategies Center has more opportunities for free peer tutoring this semester, including drop-in online tutoring in a variety of subjects. LSC peer tutors are trained to help facilitate learning and not just re-teach course material. Find more about LSC tutoring.

Health, Wellness & Recreation

COVID-19 vaccine information and proof of vaccination process

Cornell’s COVID-19 website provides information and FAQs about the COVID-19 vaccines, including eligibility requirements, how to get vaccinated and public health guidelines for those who have received vaccines. Remember to check the Tompkins County Health Department website for up-to-date information on vaccination eligibility and status for our region. Please note: fully vaccinated individuals are expected to continue surveillance testing at their assigned frequency. This week, the university introduced a COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Process. Learn more by reviewing the following FAQs and refer to the Daily Check homepage for assistance with submitting your proof of vaccination.

Honesty helps control the spread of COVID-19

If you test positive for COVID-19, your honesty in the contact tracing process is crucial to helping control the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The information you provide to Cornell Health is not shared with the Behavioral Compact Team and is not part of any disciplinary process. Learn more about why it’s important to be honest during contact tracing, and what to say to friends to encourage honesty on the Daily Check.

On-campus fitness and recreation

Cornell Fitness Centers are offering extended hours for students approved to be on campus. There are also extended hours for free lap swimming for students, and other recreation opportunities are available at Lynah Rink and Barton Hall.

In-person group fitness classes for students will begin on April 1. Need a membership? Group fitness half semester memberships are available beginning today, March 26.

Nutrition and healthy eating services

Students may schedule a free telehealth appointment with a Cornell Health nutritionist for counseling and guidance about dietary needs and strategies to support physical and mental health.

Tips for lower-risk drinking

Students who choose to drink alcohol can reduce negative consequences by following Cornell Health’s tips for lower-risk drinking. All students should know how to recognize the signs of an alcohol emergency and how to respond. Cornell’s Good Samaritan Protocol and New York state’s Good Samaritan Law help protect those who call 911 for help and those who receive help in alcohol- or drug-related emergencies.

Public Service & Engagement

The James A. Perkins Prize for Interracial and Intercultural Peace and Harmony

This $5,000 prize recognizes a Cornell student, faculty or staff member, or program making a significant contribution to furthering the ideals of the university community while respecting the values of racial diversity. Applications due March 31.

Maribel Garcia Community Spirit Award

The Maribel Garcia Community Spirit Award honors a student who has made a remarkable contribution to the spirit of community service and celebrates creative, innovative approaches to community needs. Applications are due April 7.

Additional Resources