Life at Cornell

We would like to help you get settled at Cornell and in Ithaca as well as help you with your immigration issues. Here is some useful information to help you accomplish your goals. Feel free to come to the ISSO during walk-in advising hours if you have further questions. ISSO Advising Hours: Mon, Tue, Thu, and Fri: 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-4:30 pm; Wed: 1:00-4:30 pm.

Visa Information for Newly Admitted Students

We provide an overview of the steps you will need to navigate the US immigration system and to get to Cornell.

Getting to Cornell

This general travel information will provide assistance in getting to Ithaca and the Cornell University campus. There are daily flights from Philadelphia, Boston and Charlotte to Ithaca. Alternatively, students can fly to Syracuse and then take a shuttle (about 1.5 hours) to Ithaca. Many students fly into Newark, JFK or LaGuardia and then take a bus from the airport to the Port Authority Bus Terminal. From Port Authority, ShortLine/Coach USA operates a service to Cornell’s campus, and Greyhound operates a service to the Ithaca Bus Terminal on State Street. The Campus-to-Campus express bus service is also availble between Cornell's New York City and Ithaca campuses. In Ithaca, there are several options for ground transportation and buses, and the Cornell Campus map will be helpful once you arrive on campus.

Find additional information on traveling to Ithaca at these helpful sites:

Arrival Guide for New Students

Our new student arrival guide provides a great deal of useful information to help you get settled in Ithaca and at Cornell.

Programs and Trips for Students and Academic Staff

Check out the wonderful trips and programs we provide for all internationals at Cornell: students, international staff and your families!

Orientation Programs for Students

We provide tailored orientation programs for undergraduate students and graduate students.

Academic Issues for Students

The academic culture in the US is often different than what students have experienced at home.  We provide useful information on navigating the US higher education system, and Cornell in particular.

Practical Matters for Students and Academic Staff

We provide a great deal of practical information to help you with all areas of life in Ithaca and at Cornell.

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