Congratulations and welcome Class of 2024!

Congratulations on your admission to the College of Human Ecology and welcome to our community! We encourage you to take a closer look at the College with a new sense of purpose and perspective. 

How you prepare to face the questions of this world and provide leadership is important. We hope our online resources and upcoming events will help you make the best decision regarding your undergraduate education and experience. Below are some highlights to help you get started. We'll be adding additional resources and virtual events over the next couple of weeks, so check back often. We'll also email you with updates and hope to "CU on the Hill"!

In the meantime, reflect on what your experiences and observations reveal about you and the communities in which you live. Know that the College of Human Ecology views society through a wide-angle lens to address contemporary and emerging societal issues. Our comprehensive study of the human experience from scientific, social, and design perspectives empowers students to expand their scope, extend their reach, and make meaningful impact.  

Here we believe that who we are and what we do should reflect each other. Human Ecology students develop analytical thinking skills and critical perspectives to understand the complex relationships, institutions, and environments that shape people’s lives and to affect purposeful change. Our interdisciplinary programs enable students and faculty to bring their interests to life.


Cover of the Human Ecology magazine, rendering of renovated hallway

Human Ecology Magazine: Fall 2019

Learn about research taking place across the College, how our students and young alumni are applying their knowledge to impact real-world programs, and see what is to come in the not too distant future with the Martha Van Rensselaer Hall Renovations.

Martha Van Rensselaer Hall reflected in the outer facade of the Human Ecology Building

Get to know the College of Human Ecology

Visit our Cornell Human Ecology YouTube channel to see more of our College community, including student and research stories, our Fall Humecathon, and more.

Fashion Design student's laptop and fabric on a table

Cornell Fashion Collective Fashion Show 2020

The Cornell Fashion Collective is a student-run organization that provides members of the Cornell community with an outlet to express creativity in fashion and fashion management. Each spring, the organization presents a professional runway show featuring the talent of students who both design apparel and manage the operations of the show.

College of Human Ecology student carrying books during study abroad in London

College of Human Ecology students approach their interests with depth and meaning through our interdisciplinary programs. We invite you to listen as VJ, a recent Human Ecology graduate, shares more about his path.

Student research on display at the poster session in the Human Ecology Commons

The College's unique emphasis on translational research allows our Human Ecology undergraduates* to pursue research with deeper purpose. *More than 75% of Human Ecology students are involved in or plan to be involved in research.

Interior of MVR Hall, renovated entry lobby

The Martha Van Rensselaer (MVR) Hall renovations are the final phase of the complete upgrade. These changes will improve the quality, productivity and overall experience in MVR Hall, in part by creating spaces and designs that promote collaboration, creativity and community.