New Students

Welcome first-year and transfer students to Cornell Engineering! We are excited to begin your academic and personal journey with you!

Welcome to Cornell Engineering!

Incoming Engineering Transfer Students:

Please visit our webpage for Incoming Transfer Students

*Note: if you are a student who has been admitted to another college at Cornell and who is interested in learning more about internally transferring to the College of Engineering, visit our internal transfer website.

Incoming Engineering First-Year Students:

Starting in early May, Engineering Advising will email new first year students weekly throughout the summer with important information as it relates to the college common curriculum, AP and transfer credit, preparing for fall semester pre-enroll, and so much more! It is your responsibility to visit this website and to check your Cornell email account weekly between now and your arrival in August for continued information, deadlines, and updates from the College of Engineering. 

If you are not seeing our summer emails, please check your junk folder and mark our emails as "not junk".

  • Go to and login using your NetID;
  • In Outlook, go to the spam/junk folder;
  • Find and mark our emails “not junk” and add the emails to your inbox;
  • Right click, hover over the "junk" option, and select "never block sender's domain".
  • As a final precaution, forward our summer emails from your personal email to your NetID email address.

Several items require your attention in the coming weeks and throughout the rest of the summer. Each will help ensure that you are prepared for your academic transition in the fall.  Please read through the following carefully.

Due DateTask
OngoingCheck the Cornell New Student To-Do List
Due Now

Activate NetID, Cornell Email, and Two-Step Login

Your NetID is a unique identifier that provides access to your Cornell email and other non-public Cornell resources and information. You will need access to your Cornell email to continue engaging with Engineering Advising this summer. Your NetID will also be needed for other tasks this summer.

The university will send information via email about activating your NetID after Cornell has received your deposit. If you have not received your NetID by May 13th or have questions about the NetID activation process, please contact the IT Service Desk by calling (607) 255-5500 or by emailing

June - August

Engineering Advising Virtual Drop-In Hours

Drop-ins are for quick, 10-15-minute questions as they relate to the topics of our weekly communications.

Drop-ins are first come, first served. You may have to wait to speak with an advisor if another student is ahead of you. If that is the case, you will be in the Zoom waiting room until an advisor is available. 

Virtual drop-in hours will begin in June.  More information to come!

June 5th

Summer Webinar #1 (families invited!)

Register Now

Our first summer webinar will introduce you to the Engineering Advising team and discuss the Cornell Engineering Common Curriculum as you begin to prepare to choose courses for the fall.


Transfer Credit Review

Students who have completed college credit during high school may have STEM courses reviewed this summer to inform their course enrollment decisions. More information will be released about the process in later emails. 

Due July 1st

Submit Final High School Grade Report and Official Transcript

Please be sure to have your high school submit a final high school grade report, including a final official transcript, to Cornell via the Common Application or the Universal College Application.  The final grade report and transcript are required parts of the admission process.

July 10th

Summer Webinar #2 (families invited!)

Register Now

Our second summer webinar will detail the pre-enrollment (course registration) process. Students enroll themselves in their courses at Cornell – even in their first year. This session will help you determine which courses are right for you.

July 22nd - July 25th

Pre-Enrollment Period for Incoming First Year Students

The pre-enrollment period for incoming first year students is expected to occur in mid-July. More information will be released later.

This is the only time this summer during which you will be able to enroll in courses for the fall. This period will not be extended and cannot be changed. It is your responsibility to enroll in courses via Student Center during this time.