Get To Know Cornell

Tips to help new employees get acquainted with Cornell University


Info Sheets

image of tip sheetsPrint these convenient sheets out, or pick copies up at the HR Services and Transitions Center (East Hill Office Building)


About Cornell University​ & Ithaca

This is Cornell: a brief overview of Cornell University history and structure.

Places to Visit on Campus:  a listing of historic locations and places of interest, as well as info about trails and tours on campus.

Places to Visit in & Around Ithaca: suggestions for local arts,  science, history, shopping, outdoors, events, and tours.


Working at Cornell

Your Rights & Responsibilities: a guide to university policies, such as the campus code of conduct, drug-free workplace, computer policies, and more.

Cornell University Core Values:  get to know the values that serve as a foundation for a more equitable and inclusive atmosphere at all Cornell campuses.

Directory - Contact Information​: print out this handy list of  useful contacts.

CornellSpeak: some common Cornell acronyms and expressions you may encounter.

Making Connections:  links to news, organizations, and opportunities to connect with fellow Cornellians.

Colleague Network Groups: programs for faculty and staff of traditionally underrepresented minorities and allies.


Resources For Faculty:

Resources for Faculty (pdf): introductory overview of benefits, governance, recognition, and resources

Family Resources for Faculty (pdf): benefits and resources available to parents and those caring for dependents.


Resources For Staff:

Resources for Staff (pdf): introductory overview of benefits, governance, recognition, and resources.

Family Resources for Staff (pdf): benefits and resources available to parents and those caring for dependents.



Get to know your new workplace -- virtually or in person!  

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Ithaca Campus Tours

Visit Cornell's Ithaca Campus: Sign up for a General Tour to get an introduction to Cornell's history, undergraduate colleges and schools, student life, athletics, legends and traditions. Tours are wheelchair accessible, mostly outdoors, and last about an hour.



Virtual tours: explore on your own schedule or remotely.

PocketSights Cornell University Campus Walking Tour: geared toward prospective students. Download PocketSights app for many other virtual/walking/driving tours of the Ithaca area (Sustainability Trail, Historic District, Architecture, and much more!).

Walking Maps: a convenient collection of maps highlighting trails on and off campus, including the Cornell Botanic Gardens,  Cascadilla Gorge, Tompkins County, Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary, and more.



News & Media

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CUInfo:  Consider making this your browser home page - you'll find a convenient roundup of events, news, and information curated for Cornell staff and faculty, plus campus alerts, resources, and tools.

Cornell Events Calendar: Make sure you know about the events that matter to you! Go to and click the "Create your own custom weekly events email" link. Make sure to choose "Division of Human Resources" and include "employee" and "staff" in the search terms to ensure you receive notifications about workshops and events for Cornell staff members.

Cornell Chronicle: Official news of Cornell University, with filters such as "Staff News," "New York City," "Photos of the Day," and the "Chronicle Blog Essentials." 

Working@Cornell Facebook: Follow us on Facebook for staff announcements, career tips, employee profiles, and more.

Cornell University FacebookStay up to date with university-wide announcements,  insights, and beautiful photography.

Faculty & Staff News: Weekly email newsletter sent  to all Cornell employees.  

CornellCast: Browse a library of thousands of videos that  cover lectures, events, interviews, performances, even cooking demos and recipes!