Visiting the College

Human Ecology is a thriving intellectual community in a beautiful, natural setting. We invite prospective undergraduate applicants and their families to visit to fully appreciate the possibilities the College offers. See a campus bounded by gorges, with nature preserves, a lake, and six waterfalls within walking distance – and experience at what the brochures can only hint.

When planning a campus visit be sure to check the Cornell Admissions website for campus tour and class visit schedules. Please be mindful of holidays, student breaks, and study and final exam periods.

PROSPECTIVE TRANSFER APPLICANTS are strongly encouraged to contact our Admissions Office (607.255.5471 or email us) to make a phone or in-person appointment with an Admissions Counselor to discuss your interests and our required preparatory coursework (PDF).  Appointments should be scheduled a semester or two prior to submitting an application. Please bring a copy of your transcript as it will enable a counselor to advise you more purposefully. No same day appointments are scheduled.

PROSPECTIVE INTERNAL TRANSFER APPLICANTS who are current undergraduate students in another college/school at Cornell University are required to schedule an appointment (call 607.255.5471 or email us) to meet with an Admissions Counselor to discuss their interest in the College of Human Ecology prior to submitting an application.

PROSPECTIVE FIRST YEAR APPLICANTS should visit campus and attend a Human Ecology Information Session.  Our Information Sessions, geared towards the first-year application process, are hosted by our Admissions Counselors who discuss the mission of the college, its programs and opportunities, how Human Ecology fits within the context of Cornell University and the world, and the admissions and selection process in depth. Current students are often available for questions before these sessions during fall semester.

Visitors are expected to participate in the sessions. Counselors ask visitors about their current academic interests, how they spend their time outside the classroom, and what brought them to the College.  Please be prepared to share a bit about yourself. This information allows our Counselors to tailor the session to the interests of the group. Past information session guests have commented on how inspiring it is to learn about fellow group members.

We encourage you to review our website and viewbook,as this will help you generate questions and be an engaged participant during your visit.

Individual interviews and appointments are not offered to prospective first-year applicants.

Registration is not required, but is helpful.  Please call 607.255.5471 or email us with your plans. Please report to room 170 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall for all information sessions.
*Our office is closed and no information sessions are offered on National Holidays.

May 2014

* No sessions are offered on Friday, May 23 or Monday, May 26*

Mondays and Fridays

June – August 2014
*No sessions are offered on Friday, July 5, Friday, August 22 or Monday, August 25*

Mondays and Fridays
10:30a and 1:00p

September – October 2014

*No sessions are offered on Monday, September 1*

Mondays and Fridays
10:30a and 1:00p

Our Saturday sessions are as follows (all begin at 10:15am):

September 27

October 4, 11, 18, 25

With the exception of those interested in Fiber Science & Apparel Design, please do not contact our faculty members to schedule an appointment during the admissions process. The Admissions Office is the best place to obtain program/major and admissions information.

Students interested in Fiber Science & Apparel Design should contact Valorie Adams (607.255.3196 or to make an appointment with FSAD faculty.