Pre-Orientation Service Trips (POST)


Make some of your best memories of Cornell before you even move in.
Join POST for a service adventure you'll never forget! 

POST is a 5-day program that begins the Sunday prior to Friday move-in. For immediate information call (607) 255-6006 or (607) 255-0144.

POST provides the opportunity to build new friendships and college networks through community service projects and fun evening activities. POST participants are assigned to one of eight teams and each team has 8-9 POST participants in addition to their leaders.

POST participants will get to know the local community through daily trips to community service sites, as well as nightly excursions exploring Ithaca. Most of these trips will be on foot, but some will involve buses or vans. Bring comfortable shoes for walking!

POST is led by a group of sophomore, junior and senior leaders who all previously participated in POST and have had extensive training to guide POST participants throughout the week.  Last year's projects included: painting and light demolition work, trail maintenance, visiting with residents at area nursing homes, working in local community gardens and helping to prepare local schools for opening.

2017 Dates

The program will run from Sunday, August 13 until Friday, August 18, 2017.


The cost to participate in POST is $325 per person. This fee covers all meals and snacks for 5 days, transportation, project and safety supplies, housing, scheduled evening activities, and staffing costs. We want you to attend, and for that reason, financial scholarships are available. For more information on financial assistance, please check the box indicating this on the Registration Form. Do not send money—all trip fees will be billed to your Cornell University bursar account. 

The POST program of the Cornell Public Service Center enables Cornell Tradition and Meinig Family Cornell National Scholar (MFCNS) from the  Cornell Commitment Office with the opportunity to begin earning service hours through participation POST.  In addition, the POST program fee will come directly out of your student service or leadership support account with the Commitment Office (effectively diminishing the amount of money you will have available for future experiences). This will be an accounting transaction between the two offices so you need not send any money.


POST will be housed off campus at a local middle school just minutes from the Cornell campus. You will have access to the gym, showers and kitchen facilities. Bring a sleeping bag - you'll be sleeping on mats and sharing living quarters with other POST participants and leaders.

POST participants are expected to stay with their group and program at all times. 

  • Because this week is a carefully planned experience, POST staff cannot accommodate individual requests for appointments, errands, or any non-scheduled or non-POST events.
  • If a participant has an obligation or needs to leave the program during the week, he or she may not return to the program.

What do you need to bring?

Be sure and review the What to Pack list for a detailed list of items needed for POST. If you have questions that are not answered on the website, please email them to