New students arrive on Aug. 27

Cornell College will welcome approximately 300 new students starting Aug. 27 as part of its annual New Student Orientation.

One of the new college banners along the Ped Mall.
One of the new college banners along the Ped Mall.

Cornell’s newest students come from 30 states and six foreign countries. Twenty-eight percent are domestic students of color, surpassing last year’s record of 25 percent. New Student Orientation, which helps students adjust to life on campus, runs from Wednesday, Aug. 27, through Sunday, Aug. 31. Classes for all students begin on Labor Day, Sept. 1.

Despite having no classes, summer is a busy time on campus, with many renovation projects swinging into full gear. This year, several initiatives began shortly after classes ended.

  • The college’s plan to renovate four residence halls that primarily house first-year students started in mid May. Workers have gutted Pauley Hall and are renovating the first floor and lounge area, the student rooms, and the entrance patio. They’re also constructing a southern entrance and patio. Work on Pauley is expected to be finished in September, and then work will begin in Rorem Hall, which is adjacent. Work on Tarr and Dows halls will start later in the academic year.
  • Workers are installing a new roof on Bowman-Carter Hall, which was originally built in 1885 and renovated in 1989.
  • New banners that prominently display the college logo have been installed along the Ped Mall and in the Thomas Commons Circle.
  • Workers installed windows in a dining room in the Thomas Commons, completing the renovation project that started in May 2012.