Campus Life: Living and Learning at Cornell

Student and Campus Life

Cornell’s Division of Student and Campus Life serves all students – undergraduate, graduate, and professional – and strives to promote an educational environment where you can thrive in pursuit of academic and personal goals. Student and Campus Life provides all students with a multitude of ways to get involved, find support, and make the most of the Cornell experience.

Student Veterans Advocate

The Student Veterans Advocate provides support, advocacy, programming, and referral to our undergraduate student veterans while serving as a point of contact and direct link between you, Cornell, the VA Regional Office, Department of Defense, and other federal, state, and local veterans’ agencies and organizations.  Contact Mary Fisk for guidance on maximizing your VA and/or military benefits at Cornell while engaging with fellow student veterans: email or make an appointment to meet with Mary here.

Where to Live

Veterans and students from all over the world, and from every walk of life, live and learn at Cornell, both on and off campus. Each community offers support and convenience, plus plenty of opportunities for personal growth and cultural exploration. The University and the surrounding Ithaca community invite veterans to live and learn on Cornell’s historic campus, “High above Cayuga’s waters.” Visit Cornell Maps to navigate your way around campus and Tompkins County.

Regardless of your academic level, life experience, interests, or needs, you’re sure to find the perfect place to call home at Cornell. On-campus, Cornell offers a wide variety of residence halls, program houses, and townhouses which foster communities of first-year, upper level undergraduate, and graduate and professional students. Visit the Living @ Cornell website for details.

Cornell is committed helping all students make informed housing decisions. Off-campus, students may choose to join a fraternity or sorority or a self-governed cooperative, or live in any number of rental properties in the area. The University provides extensive off-campus living and housing assistance, education, resources, and referral services; contact for assistance and information.

Military Families Learning Network (MFLN)

The Military Families Learning Network serves military families through engaged, online communities. MFLN is made up of Cooperative Extension family specialists and military family service professionals from DoD, branch services, and non-governmental organizations. These online communities engage in various places, like Facebook and Twitter, and on DoD authorized social sites. The MFLN community can help veterans living and learning at Cornell with family transitions, child-care, wellness and more.

Home Plate @ Cornell

Established by the Cornell University Student Assembly’s City and Local Affairs Committee, Home Plate is a program that strives to bridge the Cornell and Ithaca communities through regular dinners between small groups of Cornell students and Ithaca residents. Contact to learn more.


Cornell Transportation Services provides the University community with the following services:

  • Commuter and parking services
  • Motor-coach service between Cornell and New York City
  • Red-runner Courier service
  • University Fleet

Cornell encourages alternatives to parking at Cornell, such as public transit, biking, walking, and carpooling. Visit the Commuter and Parking Services section of the Transportation website to apply for a permit, and learn about all campus parking options.

Warrior-Scholar Project

Cornell is a proud host campus for the Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP). This program offers immersive, academic workshops or “boot camps,” free of charge to enlisted veterans. WSP empowers enlisted military veterans by providing them with a skill bridge that enables a successful transition from the battlefield to the classroom. For more information call (207) 796-8777, or visit:

Students with Families

Families are essential allies in encouraging the academic success and well-being of all students. Cornell’s Students with Families website provides a gateway to resources available for students, spouses and partners, and children. The University provides a wide variety of services designed to assist spouses and partners with their own ambitions and goals, along with essential support for families with child(ren).

The Cornell Child Care Center (located at 150 Pleasant Grove Road – adjacent to A lot) is a proud affiliate of Child Care Aware, which provides financial assistance to students who serve in the armed forces.  For more information about the program please visit the Child Care Aware website or contact the Cornell Child Care Center directly at 607-255-1010.

Student Disability Services

Cornell University is committed to equality of educational opportunity for all students. Student Disability Services (SDS) facilitates services and accommodations so that students with disabilities enjoy the same exceptional opportunities as their peers with the greatest degree of independence possible. Contact: or call, (607) 254-4545 for guidance and assistance.

Learning Strategies Center

Cornell’s Learning Strategies Center (LSC) is an academic support unit for undergraduates. Programs are designed to help students develop the skills needed to master the academic rigors of Cornell. LSC offers the following support:

  • Tutoring services that are free and available for all students!
  • Resources and tips for making the transition to campus life, and into the college classroom.
  • Time management support; learn how to beat the clock and have fun!

IT Services

Need to set-up your email account or start your own blog, use a dropbox service or purchase new equipment or software? IT@Cornell provides IT support for the entire Cornell campus community. Visit the Get Support portion of their website to chat online, send an email, call or walk-in for help.

Cornell Health Services

Cornell Health provides comprehensive medical care, counseling, pharmacy services, and more to support the well-being of students.  Their integrated, population-based approach promotes the health and well-being of the entire community and recognizes that veterans may face challenges that require special support or attention.

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