Welcome to the College of Human Ecology! We look forward to knowing you and helping you make the most of your experience here. Participation in our college’s spring orientation programming is mandatory and designed so you begin your semester with confidence in your coursework choices and how to work most effectively with faculty and advisors.
Visit the links below to prepare for the start of the spring semester.
Cornell University also sponsors additional orientation activities to help get you settled into our community.
We look forward to beginning our work together during the College of Human Ecology’s orientation programs. These programs are an important opportunity to gather information about your major, requirements, and the policies that govern your academic life at Cornell University. You will also meet other students and faculty in your major and get to know your way around the College of Human Ecology.
Our first mandatory program is the College of Human Ecology’s College Briefing (Friday, January 19 from 10:30am -- 12:00pm in 280 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall) where you will meet our counseling and advising staff and learn how to best manage your transition.
You will have an opportunity to meet with and ask questions of faculty in your department at the mandatory Department Advising Meetings (Monday, January 22, 2018 at 11:00am; locations vary by department). These meetings will help you determine if you need to make any changes to your schedule before classes start and begin the semester with confidence.
You will be able to schedule your Spring 2018 courses starting on January 18, 2018. See our Scheduling Spring Courses information below for enrollment requirements and scheduling guidance. Have your credit evaluation available to inform your coursework choices.
You will meet the Director of Undergraduate Study for your department during orientation and should refer to them as your first advising resource, until your major department assigns you a faculty advisor.
The College of Human Ecology’s orientation programs provide an important opportunity to gather information about your major, requirements, and the policies that govern your academic life at Cornell University. You will also get to know your way around the College of Human Ecology.
We urge you to join us for the College of Human Ecology’s orientation programs even though you attended orientation programming when you first joined Cornell's community. The following mandatory programs will be especially helpful as you get settled into the college. Review our complete College of Human Ecology orientation schedule and information for new internal transfers for clarification regarding some of our graduation requirements and available resources.
You will meet the Director of Undergraduate Study for your department during orientation and should refer to them as your first advising resource, until your major department assigns you a faculty advisor. Our counseling/advising staff will be available for scheduled appointments starting Tuesday, January 23, however, orientation programming will not be repeated.
CHE College Briefing (Friday, January 19; 10:30am -- 12:00pm; 280 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall) -- meet our counseling and advising staff; learn how to best work with us.
Department Advising Meetings (Monday, January 22, 2018 at 11:00am; locations vary by department) -- meet the Director of Undergraduate Study and peers in your department; better understand the curriculum and department advising.
You should have already pre-enrolled for your Spring 2018 courses, but orientation will allow you to get questions answered and ensure that you start the semester with an appropriate course schedule.
Please understand that you are expected to fulfill College of Human Ecology graduation requirements. We have noted the following points of confusion when working with internal transfers in the past.
- The College of Human Ecology requires two Freshman Writing Seminars (FWS). You must complete this requirement during your first semester of enrollment in the college. You can replace one FWS with a score of (5) on an AP English exam. You will need to enroll in an additional FWS during your first semester to complete the requirements if your previous college/school accepted a score of (4).
- Each college/school at Cornell enforces academic policy according to its own structure and practices. You may find that procedures for schedule changes, requests for exceptions, and other aspects of the relationship between you and the College of Human Ecology vary from your previous college/school. Please make an appointment with an advisor in the Office of Student and Career Development when you need assistance. Stop by 172 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall or call 607-255-2532 to schedule a time.
Congratulations on your Early Decision acceptance to the College of Human Ecology! We look forward to getting to know you as part of the college community. You will learn more about the college's orientation schedule, putting together your fall 2018 schedule, and how to prepare for your arrival during the summer of 2018. You will also learn more from the university.
In the meantime, be sure to continue with your academic momentum and rigor (we do review final high school transcripts) and the means of community and school engagement that have balanced you and informed your interests in the college. We also hope you will spend time with our Human Ecology Magazine.
Scheduling Spring Courses
Scheduling Spring Courses
Full time enrollment
All students are required to complete at least 12 credits of academic work each semester to remain in good standing. Physical Education courses do not count towards the 12 credits or towards the 120 credits required for graduation.
Exception: Mature students (age 24 or older at matriculation) may enroll in fewer than 12 credits and request prorated tuition.
Freshman Writing Seminars
Transfer students are required to complete any remaining writing requirements during their first semester of enrollment.
Human Ecology Credits
You are required to complete at least 5 credits of Human Ecology coursework by the end of the first year of enrollment, and at least 12 credits of Human Ecology work by the end of the second year. Meet with an academic counselor in the College of Human Ecology's Office of Student and Career Development with questions.
You will be able to schedule your spring 2018 courses starting on January 18, 2018 using CoursEnroll through your Student Center. Use your credit evaluation, scheduling materials for your major (see below), and the Course Roster to select your courses.
Keep in mind that you will attend meetings during orientation that will allow you to ask questions and finalize your schedule before classes begin on January 24, 2018.
- Design + Environmental Analysis
- Fashion Design & Management
- Fiber Science
- Human Biology, Health, and Society
- Human Development
- Nutritional Sciences
- Policy Analysis and Management
There are a number of resources available to help students consider their next steps after graduation. In addition to the resources below, you can also refer to your faculty advisor and/or department's Director of Undergraduate Study.
Office of Student & Career Development
Our counseling and advising staff in the Office of Student & Career Development (172 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall) are ready to work with students around how to plan their course schedules and study away, research, and experiential learning opportunities with graduate school and careers in mind. Schedule an appointment with our staff by stopping by 172 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall or calling 607-255-2532. Appointments can be scheduled starting on January 23, 2018
Human Ecology Career Exploration Center (CEC)
The Human Ecology Career Exploration Center (CEC), located in 162 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall, has a sit-in library with many guides and resources to explore career options. Staffed by peer advisors, the CEC focuses on how students thoughtfully leverage their Human Ecology education to find meaningful graduate school and career opportunities.
Cornell Career Services (CCS)
This centrally located office, 103 Barnes Hall, offers services and resources to complement the specific offerings found in the undergraduate schools and colleges. There are a range of health-focused resources (informational materials, career guides, workshops, etc.) to help with your planning and preparation. CCS also supports Cornell Handshake, the information system we use to manage correspondence with our undergraduates as well on-campus recruiting, job postings, and contact with alumni mentors. Be sure to register when you arrive!
There will be a premed/prehealth orientation for Human Ecology students only on Tuesday, January 23 at 10:30a.m. in 142 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall. This session is essential if you are considering a career in human health and medicine. It is in addition to the mandatory department meeting on Monday, January 22 to discuss your major and curricular requirements.