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 FIRST YEAR APPLICANTS are strongly encouraged to attend a Human Ecology Information Session. Our information sessions are geared towards the freshmen application process and 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. 

Guests are often surprised that they are expected to participate in the sessions, so please be prepared to share a bit about yourself. Counselors ask our student guests about the "whys" and motivations behind their current academic interests, how they spend their time outside the classroom, and what brought them to the College. Past information session guests have commented on how inspiring it is to learn about fellow group members.

Review our website and viewbook, as this will help you be an engaged participant in our session.

Current students are often available for questions before these sessions during fall semester.

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

Please register to attend an information session. Allow for plenty of time for parking and walking to your destination. All College of Human Ecology information sessions originate from 170 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall.

*Our office is closed and no information sessions are offered on National Holidays.

Our Spring/Summer 2015 information session schedule is as follows.

May 2015

Please note: no sessions are offered on May 22 or May 25.

Mondays and Fridays at 10:30am

June 2015 - August 2015

Please note: no sessions are offered on July 3, August 21, or August 24

Mondays and Fridays at 10:30am and 1:00pm

Please review our online viewbook and fact sheets, or request that these materials be sent to you in the meantime. 

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 undergraduate college/school at Cornell University are required to meet with an Admissions Counselor to discuss their interest in the College of Human Ecology prior to submitting an application. Call 607-255-5471 or visit 170 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall to schedule an appointment.

CONTACTING FACULTY is discouraged, unless a student has an interest in the Fiber Science & Apparel Design (FSAD) programs. The College of Human Ecology Admissions Office offers the best context for program/major, college, university and admissions information.

Students interested in Fiber Science & Apparel Design should call (607.255.3196) to make an appointment with FSAD faculty.