Cornell University Campus Walking Tour

A Walking Guide to Campus to inform students about the campus

Cornell University Campus Walking Tour

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: PocketSights

Tour Information

Thank you for taking this educational Cornell Tour with PocketSights.

Our intent of this tour is to inform students about the campus and show Cornell in a positive way, so that families can make an informed decision about attending.

Cornell University was founded on April 27, 1865. Cornell's main campus is on East Hill in Ithaca, New York.

The Ithaca Campus is among the rolling valleys of the Finger Lakes region and, atop East Hill, provides a view of the surrounding area, including 38 miles (61.4 km) long Lake Cayuga. Two gorges, Fall Creek Gorge and Cascadilla Gorge, bound Central Campus and become popular swimming holes during the warmer months (although the university and city code discourage their use). The Cornell University Ithaca Campus comprises 745 acres, but in actuality, is much larger due to the Cornell Plantations (more than 4,300 acres) as well as the numerous university owned lands in New York.

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Let's take a walk!

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What You'll See on the Tour

Day Hall

Day Hall is where students can find the Bursar, and Financial Aid and Student Employment. You will also see founder Ezra Cornell's seal and medallion on the front of the building.   
Cornell Store

The Cornell Store is were students can find school supples and great Cornell gear.
Sage Chapel

Nonsectarian education was a principle Cornell was founded on and Sage Chapel is nondenominational and hosts many events. Donated funds by Henry Sage help create this beautiful building with stained glass windows and other great image in t... Read more
Ho Plaza

Ho Plaza extends between the main entrances to The Campus Store and Willard Straight Hall, and across the front of Willard Straight Hall to the south entrance of the building.
Gannett Health Center

Home to Gannett Health Services; primary-care medical services, physical therapy, psychological counseling, health education, full-service pharmacy, walk-in appointments, and 24-hour phone consultation service. For after-hours, urgent or em... Read more
Willard Straight Hall

Named after its benefactor, Willard Straight, Class of 1901, who donated money to the university under the stipulation that it not be used for any academic or administrative purpose, Willard Straight Hall was one of the first student unions... Read more
Clock Tower

The 173-foot-tall Jenny McGraw Clock Tower and it's chimes were featured in Cornell's opening ceremonies in 1868. Today there are 21 chimes, playing three concerts a day during the academic year. If you are up for the climb (161 steps) you ... Read more
Olin and Uris Libraries

These are the two largest of the 18 libraries on campus. With Nearly 8 million volumes and thousands of newspaper, journal, and magazine collections, Cornell University Library is one of the largest in the country. Along with extensive reso... Read more
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

Looking to the north west corner of the Arts Quad you will see a tall build like the one pictured and this is the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. Designed by I.M. Pei, the six-tory museum displays much of Cornell's 30,000 works of art, in... Read more
Arts and Sciences

An intimate liberal arts education within a large university The largest college within Cornell, with 40 majors ranging from Biology to Government to Classics, the College of Arts and Science offers a rich curriculum with some of the most d... Read more
Architecture, Art, and Planning

If you look left (North) down the path you will see Architecture, Art, and Planning. Teaching and practicing architecture, fine art, and city and regional planning as creative and powerful forces with the potential to improve the world. The... Read more
Bailey Hall

The largest auditorium on campus with 1,324 seats, Bailey is the perfect venue for concerts, performances, and speakers. A wide variety of events through the years has featured Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr.; Spike Lee;... Read more
Human Ecology (HE)

Looking left and beyond CALS Quad is the College of Human Ecology. Responding to human needs through research, education, and outreach. Students in the College of Human Ecology study contemporary issues and apply practical solutions to chal... Read more
Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

Addressing emerging issues in the agricultural, environmental, life, and social sciences with the goal of improving lives and developing leaders for the future. The largest contract college at Cornell, the College of Agriculture and Life Sc... Read more

Take a break at Trillium in Kennedy Hall and discover why the Princeton Review constantly ranks Cornell Dining in the top 10 among universities. We offer variety and convenience of foods, with 31 dining location across campus, including 10 ... Read more
Bio Quad

You are now on the cornell for the Bio Quad. While a large amount of research occurs in the life science buildings surrounding the quad, research projects go on continuously in every discipline across campus. From working with historical ar... Read more
Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR)

Advancing the world of work At the ILR School, studies of management and public policy are consolidated and lead to a bachelor of science in Industrial and Labor Relations. Here you will study economics and public policy, organizational beh... Read more
Barton Hall

Orginally designed as a drill hall for the U.S. Army's Department of Military Science, Barton today services as an indoor track and home to the ROTC program and the Cornell Police headquarters. Cornell is the only Ivy League university to o... Read more
Teagle Hall

If you look across the street you will see Teagle Hall. Students may participate in a variety of sports, many with offices here. As part of the Ivy League conference, Cornell is an NCAA Division 1 university. From men and women's basketball... Read more
Hotel Administration (SHA)

Hospitality leadership through learning The first of its kind and the only Ivy League program in hospitality management, the School of Hotel Administration offers a curriculum about all aspects of running a business - strategizing, planning... Read more

Look to your left and down the hill you will see Duffield Hall and the Engineering Quad. Following a tradition of innovation by engaging in cutting-edge exploration and development Students in the Cornell Engineering partake in a fundamenta... Read more
Questions about Tour?

If you have any questions about attending Cornell University check out: or call 607.255.5241. Thank you for taking this Cornell University Campus Tour by PocketSights ...


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