Prepare Program

For Incoming International Undergraduate Students

Prepare 2019 will be from August 19-22!

Click here to register for Prepare 2019 by July 1, 2019.

What is Prepare?

Incoming undergraduate international students are strongly encouraged to arrive in Ithaca several days before new student orientation in order to participate in Prepare, the international pre-orientation program. This program provides students with an early start on their Cornell experience. During Prepare, participants will not only obtain resources to meet the challenges of adjusting to college life in the US, they will also have the opportunity to make new friends with students from all over the world.

Time to Adjust before University Orientation

University orientation for the entire freshman class does not officially begin until the end of the week before classes start, so Prepare will give you a chance to recover from travel fatigue and confusion before plunging into other orientation activities and academic tasks. During Prepare you will learn about the US academic system, Cornell's student life and traditions, and the international community as well as covering practical matters. Our program provides the unique opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues with officials from throughout the University, including staff from health services, campus police and academic departments.

Interact with Upper-Level International & American Students

Most importantly, experienced upper-level international and US students will be there to answer every question you might have about this exciting new part of your life. And before you begin to think Prepare is all work and no play, we remind you that the program includes some great social activities as well. Prepare for an exciting time, a comfortable start to your Cornell career, and the chance to make friends for a lifetime.


Registration for Prepare 2019 is now open until July 1, 2019. Participants can register online here.

Email any questions about Prepare to