To all students admitted to the Cornell Information Science (IS) PhD Program,

On behalf of Cornell and the IS graduate student community, congratulations! Cornell is an excellent school, home to many enthusiastic researchers with diverse interests. We are excited to host you as you consider Cornell for your graduate studies.

This year Information Science Admitted Student Visit Day will run for three days, starting Monday, March 4, 2019, in Ithaca, NY and concluding Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in New York City at our Cornell Tech campus. The key day is Monday, March 4, 2019, with our full official program running from breakfast on Monday through Tuesday. Those visiting NYC will leave Ithaca on Tuesday around noon. You will not be returning to the Cornell Ithaca campus. Please make your return travel arrangements from the New York City area. We would love if you are able to attend so you can see what our elite PhD program has to offer.

We recommend that everyone attend the Ithaca portion and arrive in Ithaca a day before, on Sunday, March 3, 2019,  since Monday's program starts quite early. You'll be notified in your admission letter of more details of this. We will be asking for you to commit to visit day early so that reservations can be made in advance on your behalf. More explicit details will follow mid-February and the tentative schedule below will be updated.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Barbara Woske, Graduate Field Assistant at

See you soon!

Visit Day Schedule

(The days are set, times and actual venues will be updated shortly).

Sunday, March 3, 2019 (Ithaca)

Applicants Arrive at the hotel, Ithaca, NY

Welcome Dinner in the evening

Monday, March 4, 2019 (Ithaca)

Shuttle transportation to Gates Hall from hotel

Breakfast and Program Overview by David Mimno, Director of Graduate Studies, in Gates Hall

Research Group Meetings

Lunch with current PhD students in Gates Hall

Start of 1:1 meeting with Faculty in Gates Hall

Individual Meetings with Faculty

Please view your schedule for specific faculty meeting times and locations

Walking Tour of Campus (join groups leaving gat 4:00 or 4:30pm)

Student Gathering/Interaction

Dinner with Faculty and PhD Students at Statler Hotel 

Ithaca Night Life Tour with PhD Student Guide

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 (Ithaca-/-NYC)

Check out of hotel. Shuttle from hotel to Gates Hall

Breakfast with current PhD students in Gates Hall

Final 1:1 with faculty if needed or free time to explore

Gather luggage from Gates Hall and prepare to board bus to Cornell Tech Campus

Board Campus-to-Campus bus to Cornell Tech at Sage Hall Bus Stop

(You will not be returning to the Ithaca Campus, please make your return travel arrangements from the New York City area)

Arrive in NYC

Dinner in NYC

Wednesday, March 6th (NYC)


Introductions from Associate Dean, Student Services, and Housing

Campus Tour/Housing Facility Tour

Coffee Break

PhD student panel

Lunch with faculty

1:1 meetings with faculty and PhD students

Dessert reception with Faculty and PhD students


Travel Arrangements

Sunday March 3, 2019

Make your own travel arrangements to arrive in Ithaca, NY before 5pm EST. For those flying, the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH) is approximately a 15-minute drive to downtown Ithaca. Flying into Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) is also an option but it is approximately 1.5 hours to get from the airport to Ithaca. Taxi’s, Uber and Lyft are all available in Ithaca and Syracuse.

Monday, March 4, 2019

All transportation will be provided for this day.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

If you are participating in the Cornell Tech leg of the visit day, transportation to Cornell Tech will be provided for by the department. If you cannot attend the visit to NYC, you must make your own travel arrangements to leave Ithaca.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Transportation from the hotel to the Tech campus will be provided by the department. The program will finish at approximately 3:30 p.m., there are no planned hotel accommodations for Wednesday night. Make your own travel arrangements leaving from the New York City area.  It will take at least one hour to get to JFK, LaGuardia, or Newark airports from Cornell Tech.

If you have questions about the Cornell Tech portion of your visit, please reach out to Cornell Tech Student Services here.

Student Organizers

Maurice Jakesch and Palashi Vaghela