Student Timeline

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As you make your way through your four years at Cornell, there are many important milestones to reach along the way. This checklist can help keep you on track. As a Cornell student, you are the author of your own life and play the central role in making sure that your educational goals are met. While advisors are available to assist you, keeping track of these key milestones is a part of the new adult role you're learning to inhabit.


Sophomore Year

Junior Year

  • Transition from your freshman-sophomore advising dean to junior-senior advising dean
  • Begin to explore post-graduation plans — employment vs. graduate school
  • Meet with pre-professional advisors (pre-med, pre-law) if you are interested in applying to professional degree programs
  • Meet with your advising dean to review progress toward degree completion
  • Have at least one career-related experience completed and line up another for the summer
  • Participate in an alumni-student networking event

Senior Year

  • Fill out the application to graduate in the fall 
  • Prepare applications for graduate or professional school
  • Request letters of recommendation from faculty/staff who know you well
  • Consult with Career Development for career counseling
  • Beginning of final semester: Meet with your advising dean or faculty advisor to review your academic record and ensure that your enrollment will complete all major and college requirements for graduation