Congratulations and welcome to Cornell University!

Accepted Students' Checklist

First things first

To be officially enrolled in your class(es), you must submit your full payment and all required forms and paperwork listed below.

You can check the status of your payment and admissions forms through your Student Services account.

Pay the tuition

To hold your place, you must submit your full payment

  • Within two days from the date on your acceptance letter, or
  • On the day of your acceptance letter if you're admitted within one week of the application deadline

Program spaces are limited and other precollege and undergraduate students may be requesting seats in your course(s). You may lose your place if your class reaches its maximum enrollment before you submit your payment and complete your required forms. It is to your advantage to pay and submit your paperwork as soon as possible.

Activate your NetID and Cornell email address

Your NetID is your key to secure online services at Cornell. Activate it along with setting up your Cornell email account (with security questions) as soon as you receive an email with instructions from Cornell Information Technologies (CIT).

CIT will begin sending activation emails in late March. You'll receive your CIT email about a week after you've made your full payment via the Student Services system.

If you have any questions about NetIDs or need help activating your NetID or setting up your Cornell email address, please contact the IT Support Desk during business hours.

Submit important forms

1. 2024 Precollege Studies Code of Academic Integrity (NetID required)

  • Required
  • Deadline: As soon as your NetID is activated.
  • Must be completed by the student.

2. 2024 Parental Permission and Acknowledgment Form

  • Required
  • Deadline: Upon acceptance.
  • Must be signed by your custodial parent/guardian.

3. Photo Submission Form (NetID required)

  • Required
  • Deadline: As soon as your NetID is activated.
  • You must upload your photo for use on class rosters.
  • Questions about ID cards? Visit ID Cards, call 607.255.4232, or email univreg@cornell.edu.

4. Complete the Term Checklist (NetID required)

  • Required
  • Deadline: As soon as your NetID is activated.
  • Once your NetID is active, you must log into Student Center for the first time for our system to recognize your NetID. Until you take this step, you will not be able to complete remaining requirements.
  • The day after you've fully activated your NetID and logged in for the first time, the Checklist will appear in your "To-Do List" in Student Center.

Visit the Student Center and click on the “To Do List” menu. Here, you will find “Term Checklist.” Be sure to read the introduction on step 1 and advance through all nine steps.


  • Step 4: Click the “Opt In” button in the top right.
  • Step 5: Add at least one emergency contact.
  • Step 6: Click the “Accept” button in the top right to accept the agreement.
  • Step 7: Click “Agree” or “Decline” in the top right.
  • Step 8: Click the “Accept” button in the top right to accept the agreement.
  • Step 9: Click the “Submit” button in the top right to complete your checklist.

5. Disability Self-Disclosure and Request for Accommodations Form

  • Required only for students requesting disability services or accommodations (i.e., exam accommodations, materials in accessible formats) in order to equitably participate in this program.
  • Register at https://sds.cornell.edu/get-started.
  • Deadline: Advanced notice is needed to arrange the timely implementation of accommodations. Please try to submit the self-disclosure form at least three weeks before your course instruction begins.
  • Questions about disability services? Contact Student Disability Services.

Next steps

Check out tips for studying at Cornell:

View your class(es)

Your course(s) will appear in Student Center about 7 to 10 days before your class starts. (Note: If you check your course in the Student Center, you’ll notice there’s a “hold” on your account. This simply indicates that if you want to make a course change, you must contact the Precollege Studies office.)

Your course website in Canvas will open about 2 days before your class starts. Learn more.

Before that time, you may view the course(s) in which you are enrolled by visiting your Student Services account and clicking on the “Enrollment Verification Form.”