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!

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.  Additionally, please check your Cornell email weekly throughout the summer, as we will provide critical updates and information to guide your matriculation process.


1.  Activate your Cornell NetID

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 15th or have questions about the NetID activation process, please contact the IT Service Desk by calling (607) 255-5500 or by emailing itservicedesk@cornell.edu.


2. Complete and submit the on-line Engineering Math Diagnostic Questions no later than May 17th.

Courses vary greatly in their coverage and emphasis of topics. Accordingly, the on-line Engineering Math Diagnostic Questions are designed only to assess your current mastery of basic calculus topics that are pre-requisites for Math 1910: Calculus for Engineers (the initial engineering math course).

The results of the Math Diagnostic provide us with helpful information to assist students with the transition to Engineering and does not determine your placement for your fall math course; nor is it noted on your academic record. You will have complete control over your enrollment in a math course this fall during the course pre-enrollment process in July.

Detailed instructions for selecting and enrolling in your fall math course will be available to you soon.

Please use either Internet Explorer or Firefox to complete the on-line Engineering Math Diagnostic Questions after you have activated your Cornell NetID.


3. Complete and submit the on-line Student Advising Profile no later than May 17th.

You will not be able to access the Student Advising Profile until you have activated your NetID and completed the on-line Engineering Math Diagnostic Questions.

The information you provide on the Student Advising Profile will help us to better understand your interests and academic background, as well as assist us in assigning you a Faculty Advisor. We will ask you about your major interests and whether you think you will accept any anticipated advanced placement credit. Nothing you input is binding.

Please use either Internet Explorer or Firefox to complete the Student Advising Profile after you have activated your NetID and completed the on-line Math Diagnostic Questions.


4.  Check your Cornell To Do List for new students

5.  Mark your calendar for Fall Course Pre-enrollment: Tentatively Monday, July 12th – Friday, July 16th.

You will be enrolling in many of your courses online via Student Center.  It will be necessary for you to have internet access for a few hours on one day during these dates.  Important information and detailed instructions to guide you through your selection of courses and the pre-enrollment process will be provided to you soon.  In the meantime, please mark your calendar. If you are eager to know what you may be taking, please review Fall Course Information and other Helpful Information.