Pre-Orientation Service Trips (POST)

Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the POST Program (Pre-Orientation Service Trips) will not be held this August. This announcement is disappointing to all of us here at the PSC including our student leaders and our POST alumni. We hope to develop virtual opportunities for new Cornellians to connect with each other and the PSC student leadership to learn about Cornell and Ithaca-Tompkins County around community-engagement. We look forward to sharing details with you as they are developed.


Program Details


POST is a 5-day program that begins the Sunday prior to Friday move-in.


POST provides the opportunity to build new friendships and college networks through community service projects.

POST is led by a group of students who all previously participated in POST.  Previous projects have included: painting and light demolition work, trail maintenance, visiting with residents at area nursing homes, working in local community gardens and local schools.


The cost to participate in POST is $365 per person (billed to your Cornell University bursar account). This fee covers all meals and snacks for 5 days, transportation, project and safety supplies, housing, evening activities. Financial scholarships are available.

POST enables Cornell Tradition and Meinig Family Cornell National Scholar (MFCNS) with the opportunity to earn service hours.  The POST program fee will come directly out of your student service or leadership support account.


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. 




Tompkins Weekly 2018 Highlight of POST program.







Parent Testimonials

"My daughter signed up for POST after hearing about it from a friend who did it the previous year. She participated in community service throughout high school, so POST seemed like a fun way to meet people before moving into the dorms. It turned out to be great - she met so many people, and is still very good friends with many of them. POST was a great introduction to the Ithaca community, and she still actively volunteers in Ithaca. I am so happy she was able to participate in POST!" -Parents of Serena

"During our visit for Cornell Days, my son and I heard about POST for the first time and he decided to sign up for it since he did a lot of service work back at home and wanted to continue this in Ithaca. POST made the transition from high school to college much easier, where in just 5 days, he had made friends in his college, major, and even in his same classes. The troubles of adjusting to a new environment quickly diminished and soon he was well acclimated to college life and living away from home. He loved POST so much that he returned as a team leader and still has some of his closest friends, including his roommates, at Cornell originating from this great program!" -Lucy Labib, mother of Daid Labib

"Miranda always felt like she would "belong" at Cornell, but when I dropped her off on the first day of POST, she was understandably nervous. Volunteering has always been an important part of her upbringing, so she was looking forward to spending a week working community projects, as a quite appropriate start to her life at Cornell. The student leaders made it very easy to check in and hit the ground running. Teams were made, and seeds of lifetime friendships planted. An amazing sense of partnership that gave my freshman girl the best route to find her own place and her own voice. Miranda always felt like she would belong at Cornell. After POST, she knew she did." -Yosmar Salazar Marquez, mother of Miranda Vinson