Students and parents are partners in the college search process. We have designed Cornell Days so that admitted students can explore the campus independently or with family members. If you’re accompanying your admitted student to Cornell Days, you may be wondering what you should see and do during this time.
All Cornell Days events are open to parents unless specifically noted otherwise. Below is a variety of suggestions and information that we hope will be useful to you in planning your own activities.
Parents’ Panel: This panel offers parents an opportunity to learn about services and support available to students in their first year and beyond. This panel is offered daily from 3:50-4:40 p.m., in the Robert Purcell Community Center (RPCC) Wendy Purcell Lounge. Student ambassadors will be available in the Wendy Purcell Lounge 30 minutes prior to the session to answer your student-focused questions.
Where should you eat?
We suggest that you eat at least one of your meals in an award-winning Cornell Dining facility. Check out Cornell Dining for locations and hours. There are also a number of excellent restaurants in the Collegetown area adjacent to the Cornell campus and in the Ithaca area.
Wondering about worthwhile (and fun) things for parents to do during Cornell Days?
Here are a few recommended activities and events for you during your visit (for locations, refer to the campus maps or to the outdoor-directory maps on campus):
On the Cornell Campus
In addition to the Places to Visit listings, you may also want to:
- Learn more about Cornell University’s Financial Aid by attending an information session (daily from 9:05-9:55 a.m. at RPCC).
- Attend a class (schedules at RPCC).
- Watch an athletic event (schedules at RPCC or at cornellbigred.com).
- Sample Cornell’s own ice cream at the Cornell Dairy Bar.
- Visit the Cornell Store.
- Take a walk through the Cornell Plantations gardens or natural areas on or near campus, or visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Sapsucker Woods.
- Climb to the top of the famous Jennie McGraw clock tower on Uris Library, and see (and hear) the chimes.
- Enjoy specialty coffee or grab a bite to eat at Olin Library’s Libe Café.
- Bring a camera and take lots of pictures!
In the Ithaca Area
- Check out the Ithaca Commons in downtown Ithaca. There are plenty of shops and restaurants just a short bus ride or drive from the Cornell campus.
- Visit a scenic state park. If you have a free afternoon, you shouldn’t miss Taughannock Falls State Park with its 215-foot waterfall (Rte. 89, just north of the city). There are quite a few parks in the area, all with picnic facilities, and almost all with fantastic scenery and hiking trails.
- Visit local wineries! The Finger Lakes region is noted for its wineries, which usually offer tours and tastings.