Cornell Graduate School

Why attend?

Congratulations on your admission to Cornell University! Now that you have received an offer of admission to Cornell University, you have an important, and maybe even difficult, decision to make. We recognize that there are many factors you will be taking into consideration as you choose the next step in your educational career and want to help you in making a well-informed choice about enrolling at Cornell. We believe that in order to do that, you will want to experience (virtually, of course) some of what Cornell and Ithaca have to offer you.

This is your opportunity to find out more about us from the comfort of your own space.

  • Chat live with our amazing staff and graduate students
  • Find out more about various offices and programs that will support and encourage you during your time at Cornell
  • Watch videos and collect documents for review at your leisure
Cornell University Graduate School

About Cornell University

One of the founding principles of Cornell University was originally spoken by Ezra Cornell on October 7, 1868, at the official dedication of Cornell University.

This founding principle can be used as a complete statement:

I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.

The concept of “... any person” meant that people from all walks of life, all income levels, races, religions and genders could attend Cornell University. Similarly, “... any study” underscored the freedom to pursue academic interests wherever they lead. For more than 150 years, talented scholars representing the full, diverse spectrum of humanity have come to Cornell for a world-class educational experience unlike any other.

About the Cornell University Graduate School

Graduate education has been an important part of Cornell’s mission and history since the Graduate School’s founding in 1909. We offer professional and research master’s degrees and Ph.D. programs in nearly 100 fields. Our students come from over 100 countries around the world to form an energized, global, diverse, and highly engaged graduate student body. Together with our campus and community partners, we strive to provide our students with a welcoming and supportive environment that fosters academic and professional success.

About Cornell’s Ithaca Campus

Cornell University’s Ithaca campus is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York state, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ people, past and present, to these lands and waters. Please visit the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) website to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, registration is required for this online event. Simply click on the red “Register here” button to register. You will receive an email confirming your registration for the event and providing you with your login credentials.
This event is exclusively for applicants who have received an offer of admission to a graduate degree program (PhD, research masters or professional masters) at Cornell University.
During the live event, you will be able to chat with representatives from a variety of offices and programs throughout campus and the local community that provide support and training to Cornell’s graduate students. Chatting is text based with the option of audio/video chat. We have chosen representatives from the offices/programs who our graduate students most often engage with.
Yes, you can access the event up until April 15, 2023. However, we do encourage you to attend the live event so you can interact with our staff and students.
Yes! While we tried to schedule this event for an optimal day and time, we understand your schedule may not allow you to attend the entire or even a portion of the live event. The Cornell Graduate School virtual resource fair website will remain open until April 15, 2023 and you can visit whenever it’s convenient for you during this period of time. You will be able to view all information such as documents and pre-recorded videos. (Real-time online connections through the site will not be possible after the live March 3rd event ends.)
Yes, you can log in and out of the online resource fair at any time throughout the event and until the event closes on April 15, 2023.
Yes. You can add all of the documents and videos available to the “digital briefcase” in your account and then email them to yourself or share items with friends and family by simply entering their email.

Technical FAQs

No, you do not need to download or install any software to participate. You only need to have access to the internet.
No. You may have the option of video chatting with some of the representatives and students however, it is not required in order to participate.
You may visit the “technical support” booth within the exhibit hall, or send an email to for any technical assistance.