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Dear Cornell Family,

First-Year Family Weekend (FYFW) offers a unique opportunity for you to visit campus, meet other Cornell families, faculty, and staff members, and participate in a full weekend of activities designed especially for you. We warmly welcome families of both new and transfer students to join us in this Cornell tradition.

Family Weekend provides an opportunity for you to learn more about your student's Cornell experience, to sample the richness that characterizes the Cornell undergraduate experience, and to explore the campus and surrounding area. The weekend’s activities offer flexibility for you to create your own schedule, selecting those events you wish to participate in, either on your own or with your student.

Most, but not all of the weekend’s activities are included in your $15 registration fee. Activities designated with a $$ symbol indicate that an additional ticket must be purchased for every member of your family, including your Cornell student. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance, as some events do sell out. All tickets paid for in advance will be available for pickup at Check-In on Friday, October 27 or Saturday, October 28, 2017 in the Robert Purcell Community Center. Some additional tickets may be available for purchase at this time.

Securing accommodations in the Ithaca area during busy weekends at the university can be challenging. Make your reservations as early as possible. A listing of local accommodations is available at

We look forward to welcoming you to campus for First-Year Family Weekend.


Peggy Arcadi
Director of New Student Programs
Office of Campus and Community Engagement


Support Contact: (607-253-4282)

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