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First-Year Parents' Weekend

First-Year Parents' Weekend for the families of fall 2015 first-year students and new transfer students will be October 30-November 1, 2015.

In mid-October, a complete schedule of events will be emailed to all who have registered.

View last year's highlights at the link below. The schedule will be similar for 2015:

 Weekend Highlights


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 of entering transfers and fall 2015 new students are welcome to attend, ranging from grandparents to younger siblings of any age.

First-Year Parents Weekend for entering transfer students and fall 2015 new students is October 30 through November 1, 2015. Please make your travel arrangements early as accommodations in the Ithaca area do fill up quickly.


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 30, from 9:30am-6:00pm and on Saturday, October 31, 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.


The registration fees are below. There are no registration fees for any Cornell students or children under 12.

Sept. 21-Oct. 23, 2015
Online Registration $15 per person
Oct. 30-Oct. 31, 2015
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.


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.


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."


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 or 607-272-1313.


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


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


Please contact the FYPW staff at 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


Class of 2020: 10/21-10/23

Class of 2021: 10/27-10/30

Class of 2022: 10/19-10/21


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