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First-Year Parents' Weekend

First-Year Parents' Weekend for the parents of all new undergraduate students will be October 31-November 2, 2014.

ABOUT FIRST-YEAR PARENTS' WEEKEND

Each fall, Cornell University and the Ithaca community open their doors to the parents of entering transfer and first-year students. First-Year Parents' Weekend (FYPW) gives Cornell families the opportunity to experience Cornell from the perspective of students. This is a time to walk in your student's shoes and explore all that the campus and local community have to offer. All family members are welcome to attend, ranging from grandparents to younger siblings of any age.

First-Year Parents' Weekend for the Class of 2018 is October 31 through November 2, 2014. Please make your travel arrangements early as accommodations in the Ithaca area do fill up quickly.

FIRST-YEAR PARENTS' WEEKEND SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

There are a variety of events offered throughout First-Year Parents' Weekend including open classes, faculty lectures, tours, athletic events, and information sessions. All of these events are included in your registration fee. Additionally, tickets can be purchased to several ticketed events that are offered throughout the weekend. Ticketed events include concerts, student group performances, and some athletic events.

Check-in is on Friday, October 31, from 9:30am-6:00pm and on Saturday, November 1, from 8:00am-noon. Most parents arrive on Friday during the day. The vast majority of parents arrive after 3pm on Friday, and many don't arrive until Saturday morning. Most parents leave on Sunday in the late morning or early afternoon.

REGISTRATION FEES

Registration for First-Year Parents' Weekend will go live in early September, 2014. At that time, a link to the registration website will be available.

The registration fees are below. There is no registration fee for any Cornell Students or children under 12.

Sept. 15-Oct. 24, 2014
Online Registration $15 per person
Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2014
In-person Registration $25 per person

On the registration website you will be able to purchase tickets to many of the ticketed programs that are offered throughout the weekend, including concerts and other performances.

PARKING

Families arriving on Friday should park in A or CC lot on north campus. On Saturday and Sunday families may park on north, west, and central campus without permits, provided that all posted parking restrictions are observed. These include fire lanes, reserved parking, handicapped parking, and all other signed special limitations/requirements. Parking is not permitted on the grass or in any non-parking areas during this weekend.

105 THINGS EVERY PARENT SHOULD DO

Share in your students' experiences and explore Cornell's academics and student life; start to cross off your own list of "The 105 Things Every Parent of a Cornellian Should Do."

COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS

While Ithaca is famous for the series of gorges cutting their way through town, this built-in scenery is only a sampling of what the region has to offer. Located at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake, the longest of the Finger Lakes, Ithaca provides easy access to the surrounding countryside. The rolling farmland that follows Cayuga Lake north is home to one of New York's most productive wine regions. Nearby State Parks in Tompkins County contain miles of hiking and biking trails, access to the lake itself, and a waterfall higher than Niagara Falls. Look for a complete list of activities in the Ithaca community at check-in including information about parks, concerts and live music, theatre, film and dance, shopping, athletics, museums, exhibits, art, and more. FYPW partners with various community organizations to offer you special discounts on community events.

For additional information or to help you plan your weekend, please be sure to utilize the Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention & Visitor's Bureau at www.visitithaca.com or 607-272-1313.

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

Ithaca has limited overnight accommodations, especially those in close proximity to campus. You are encouraged to make necessary arrangements as early as possible (for some area hotels/motels, at least six months in advance is recommended). With short supply, many families will find themselves in hotels or other accommodations outside of the local community. We're confident that you will find helpful staff in all locations to direct you to campus.

A listing of local accommodations is available online at www.visitithaca.com.

ACCESSIBLE PARKING

Persons who require handicapped accessible parking, please contact the FYPW staff at fypw@cornell.edu or 607-253-4282 for assistance. Please provide two week's advance notice.

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS

Please contact the FYPW staff at fypw@cornell.edu or 607-253-4282 for disability accommodations such as sign language interpreters, c-print captioning, and print materials in alternate formats. To ensure that accommodation requests can be met, please provide two week's advance notice. Information regarding campus accessibility can be found at www.cornell.edu/disability/.

FUTURE CORNELL FIRST-YEAR PARENTS' WEEKEND DATES

Class of 2019  October 30-November 1, 2015

QUESTIONS

If you have any questions about First-Year Parents' Weekend, please contact us by email at fypw@cornell.edu or call 607-253-4282.