Cornell College welcomes visitors for modified campus tours

Starting June 29, Cornell College is welcoming back students for modified, in-person campus tours, following a three-month suspension due to COVID-19.

“The visit team is very excited to be able to welcome students back to our campus,” said Visit Experience Coordinator Danielle Grimm. “We have taken the time to ensure that our staff is following the precautions put in place and that our guidelines for our visiting families ensure not only their safety but that of our entire community.”

Visitors and Cornell staff will be required to:

  • Wear masks or face shields
  • Abide by social distancing guidelines
  • Complete Cornell’s symptom checker prior to arriving on campus
  • Stay home if feeling ill

 Admissions staff members or athletics coaches will lead the tours and answer any questions. Student visitors will be allowed to bring along a maximum of three guests and entry into buildings will be limited. The tours will include stops in West Science Hall, Cole Library, Thomas Commons, and Pauley Rorem (residence hall).

Hand sanitizer will be provided at the entryway of each building on the tour and buildings will be thoroughly cleaned every day.

Students visiting campus will also have the opportunity to meet virtually with other offices on campus such as the Office of Financial Aid and the Berry Career Institute. Cornell will provide a location and computer in the Thomas Commons if the student wishes to stay on campus for those virtual meetings. 

All of Cornell’s head coaches are also back on campus and ready to meet with students at a safe distance.

“We are focused on the student-athlete experience and it will start with these tours,” said Director of Athletics and Head Baseball Coach Seth Wing. “We are excited to show them the amazing flexibility and opportunities that Cornell College can provide. A student at Cornell can excel in the classroom, in their sport, and in any other areas of interest. This will be clear as they come to visit campus this summer and beyond.”

The admission team knows that some people may wish to continue to access virtual options for learning more about Cornell. There are several options available for group events and students can watch a virtual video tour at any time

Students signing up for an in-person visit will receive safety guidelines via email. 

Cornell is following a phased approach to repopulating campus. As the college moves into new phases, more options will be available for prospective students visiting campus. 

The college will also closely monitor trends in local cases to determine if any additional suspension of tours is necessary for the safety of visitors and Cornell staff.