A welcome and thoughts to share with our Fall 2022 new students

On behalf of the Office of Admissions, Student and Career Development, we welcome you to the Cornell University College of Human Ecology Class of 2026 community.

In this class are good friends you have yet to meet, colleagues who will challenge and affirm your values, and others you will influence in ways you cannot know. Our faculty, staff, and current students are waiting to forge scholarly, collegial, and supportive relationships that will change your life and impact their own. 

You will soon receive information to guide you through our major verification process and fall course enrollment. So, take a breath, review everything you receive carefully, plan accordingly, and proceed with calm, confidence, maturity, and independence.

Not all our life packages and opportunities are equal, but at this moment, you share the promise and privilege of a transforming education—it is not yours alone. Express your genuine gratitude to the family, friends, teachers, and loved ones who support you and believe in your ability to soar.

We expect you to finish your academic year strong by sustaining momentum that reflects your best effort. We will critically review and react to your final transcript to be sure you remain disciplined and ready for the rigors of Cornell. We also expect you to comport yourself to honor Cornell's trust in your scholarship and character.

Finally, honor yourself in effort and intent. You are now Cornell University and the College of Human Ecology. Others will equate your behavior and character with our invitation and your decision to attend. Continue to serve and participate in your school, communities, and the institutions in your life with vigor, enthusiasm, and integrity. 

In an address to Cornell faculty and staff as we prepared to return to campus, President Martha Pollack encouraged that rather than looking back to our pre-pandemic normal, we embrace the lessons learned to create an "optimal normal." Like you, we continue on that journey. As you plan your approach to Cornell this fall, be mindful of your preparation, lessons learned, and your "optimal self" qualities. Embrace the challenges of growth and the opportunities of transformation. 

Again, please accept our sincere congratulations and best wishes. We cannot wait to begin working with you. We anticipate your intellect and talent continuing to make great the University and the College you can now call your own.

With warmest regard,
Darryl Scott
College of Human Ecology Office of Admissions, Student, and Career Development

"As we lay the cornerstone of this great building, it is not its material expression
in brick and stone and steel that I would have you consider.
Rather it is to its significance as a symbol of new and vital forces
arising to meet strenuous modern problems."

Flora Rose, co-director with Martha Van Rensselaer of the College of Human Ecology,
at the dedication and opening of Martha Van Rensselaer Hall in 1933.
Rose was a scientist and nutritionist, and along with Van Rensselaer,
was named the first full-time female professor at Cornell University.