Visiting the College

Human Ecology is a thriving intellectual community in a beautiful, natural setting. We invite prospective undergraduate applicants and their families to visit to fully appreciate the possibilities the college offers.

Refer to the Cornell Admissions website to plan a campus visit, being mindful of holidays, student breaks, and study/final exam periods.

Our Transfer Day program for those interested in transferring to the College of Human Ecology from 2 or 4 year institutions is typically offered during the fall.

PROSPECTIVE FIRST YEAR APPLICANTS are strongly encouraged to attend a Human Ecology Information Session hosted by an Admissions Counselor. Share your academic interests with the group and learn more about the college, its programs and opportunities, and the admissions process. Individual appointments are not offered to prospective first-year applicants. Our sessions are comprehensive and can last for an hour and a half depending on the number of visitors.

Human Ecology Student Ambassadors are often available for questions before sessions during the fall semester, so we encourage families to arrive early to chat.

All College of Human Ecology sessions originate from 170 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall. Our office is closed and no information sessions are offered during Cornell University breaks and observed national holidays

Our information sessions are offered on most Mondays and Fridays from June through October, along with select Saturdays in October. Click here for the full schedule (summer sessions will be posted by March 30, 2017; the fall session schedule will be posted during the summer 2017) and to sign up for a session.

PROSPECTIVE EXTERNAL TRANSFER APPLICANTS are strongly encouraged to contact our Admissions Office (607.255.5471) to make a phone or in-person appointment with an Admissions Counselor to discuss your interests and our required preparatory coursework (PDF). Appointments should be scheduled a semester or two prior to submitting an application. Bring a copy of your transcript for a more purposeful appointment. No same day appointments are scheduled.

External transfers are invited to attend our annual Transfer Day event.

PROSPECTIVE INTERNAL TRANSFER APPLICANTS (currently enrolled Cornell University undergraduates in another undergraduate unit) are required to meet with an Admissions Counselor in the College of Human Ecology Office of Admissions to discuss their interest in the college and required coursework prior to submitting an application. Call 607-255-5471 or visit 170 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, please carefully review our internal transfer information, including course requirements.

CONTACTING FACULTY is discouraged, unless you are interested in our design majors. Those interested in Design and Environmental Analysis should email Tracey Sherwood to schedule an appointment; those interested in Fashion Design and Management should call 607-255-3196 to schedule an appointment. The College of Human Ecology Admissions Office offers the best context for program/major, college, and admissions information regardless of your major of interest.