Quick Guide to Life at Cornell

Now that you are here on campus, explore the resources Cornell offers.

  • ISSO Services

    Our office is here to:
    — Advise you on federal immigration and labor regulations
    — Provide counseling on academic and cultural matters
    — Promote cross-cultural cross-cultural connections on campus through various programs, workshops, and activities
    — Provide information and referrals to help you get acquainted with the Cornell and Ithaca communities

    We provide walk-in advising services Monday–Friday: 10:00–12:00 and 1:00–4:00. No appointment is necessary! Here's more about how to get help

  • International Student Orientation

    We provide orientations for international undergraduates and graduate students.

  • ISSO Events

    In addition to providing immigration assistance, ISSO also organizes fun activities, trips, and informational workshops. Fall highlights include a fall break trip to New York City and a day trip to Niagara Falls. Spring highlights include a spring break trip to Washington, DC, and a day trip to the Corning Museum of Glass. Spouses and family members are encouraged to participate in all ISSO programs and trips.

  • ISSO Social Media and Email Lists

    ISSO uses social media get the word out about campus events and international community news. “Like” us on Facebook to stay connected. Find out more about our social media and email lists.

  • Computers and Technology

    For information about email, internet service, Cornell Box, computer security, and more, visit IT@Cornell.

  • Resources for Academic Success

    — Learn about Cornell’s strict code of Academic Integrity including plagiarism and the difference between documentation, citation, and reference.
    — Get tips for academic success including how to change classes and where to get help if you need it.
    — Check out tips for navigating graduate school.

  • U.S. Social Security Number

    A Social Security Number (SSN) is intended only for employment purposes, but some public and many private institutions, such as banks, phone companies, and utilities, have adopted the SSN as a unique identifier for its customers. If you have F-1 or J-1 visa status, you may be eligible to apply. Find out more about SSNs and how to apply.

  • Transportation

    New-to-Cornell students automatically receive free, unlimited TCAT bus access in their first year as a matriculated student. Visit Getting Around the Cornell University Campus for information about transit passes, bus routes and schedules, parking, traffic laws, rideshares, and much more.

    New York State honors valid driver’s licenses from other countries, but you must carry a certified translation of your driver’s license. Find out how to obtain a certified translation. Learn about applying for a NYS driver’s license.

    If you have a driver’s license, check out the convenient Ithaca Carshare program or learn how to buy a used car.

  • Health Care in the U.S.

    Adjusting to a new community and culture-and seeking care within a different health care system-can be challenging at first. Cornell Health provides resources and tips to help you thrive.

  • English Classes

    If English is not your native language, Cornell and Ithaca offer a variety of courses to help you improve your written and spoken English. Many are informal and inexpensive and can easily be worked into your academic schedule. They are also a great resource for spouses. Here's a list of local English resources.

  • Family Resources

    Learn more about about childcare services, schooling and immunizations, child safety, sexual and reproductive health services, parenting resources, and links to fun activities for families. Students With Children website will provide you with information on Cornell and community programs, resources, and policies of particular interest to pregnant and parenting students.

  • Off-Campus Living

    Off-Campus Living Office is ready to assist you with your search for off-campus housing and any landlord issues. Their website offers a search engine for rental listings, landlord reviews, the New York State Renter's Guide, and a signing a lease checklist. Also check out this useful webinar by Cornell students about housing options and living in Ithaca.

  • Additional Resources

    See the Cornell and Ithaca Resources: A Practical Guide handout.

    The Cornell International Friendship Program matches new international students and scholars with local alumni and other community members to provide cultural, educational, and social support.

    CUInfo is a terrific source for information about all things Cornell. It provides links to information about news and events, special weather conditions, searches and directories, and more.