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CALS Admitted Students

Congratulations on your acceptance into the Class of 2025 at Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)!  You should be extremely proud of this accomplishment, and we are thrilled to welcome you to the Big Red family.

While we cannot invite you to visit Cornell CALS in person right now, we hope this site is a helpful guide as you learn more about our CALS community and prepare to join us at Cornell. Check back regularly for new and updated information.

Congratulations, and CUatCALS!


Current CALS Students Share Their Favorite CALS Moments

#MyCALSMoment - our CALS Ambassadors share the moments that make Cornell CALS so amazing -- take a peak!


Xing Gao ‘21

Hometown: Shanghai, China

Majors: Communication and Information Science

#mycalsmoment was having a hotpot dinner with my academic advisor and the entire Chinese community in the Communication Department. CALS offers us the platform to build lasting academic as well as personal connections which is definitely a highlight in my CALS career.


Maxwell Grout ‘21

Hometown: Valatie, NY

Major: Agricultural Sciences

Minors: Business; Leadership

#mycalsmoment was taking a class my sophomore year called Biology and Management of Plant Diseases (PLPPM 3010). At the same time, I was working at the Kenneth Post Greenhouses and witnessed a grey mold outbreak (Botrytis cinerea) on a graduate strawberry research project. Having the opportunity to have learned about this fungus during my morning lecture and then to be able to witness it that afternoon, was fascinating. This experience solidified my passion for greenhouse IPM research and has inspired me to pursue a career in the horticulture sector.


Auriole Corel Fassinou ‘22

Hometown: Cotonou, Benin

Major: Biological Sciences

Minors: Biomedical Engineering; French

#mycalsmoment would have to be my time spent as a member of the Biology Scholars Program (BSP). I think one of the biggest concerns for me coming to Cornell was making friends and figuring out where I belonged -- and to get there amidst the countless opportunities and unique experiences. Joining BSP gave me a tight-knit community of classmates on a shared path. It also definitely made the long studying sessions in Stimson Hall much more enjoyable since there was always someone I knew I could study with!


Jenna Winocur ‘21

Hometown: Denver, CO

Major: Social Entrepreneurship (Interdisciplinary)

Minors: Business, International Development Studies, Inequality Studies, Education

#mycalsmoment was being selected as a CALS Global Fellow and having the opportunity to work as an intern at a company in Bangkok, Thailand! It was the most incredible summer of my life and I'm so grateful I had such a memorable and impactful abroad experience at Cornell.


Lily Woolf ‘21

Hometown: Chappaqua, NY

Major: Biological Engineering

Minor: Biomedical Engineering

#mycalsmoment was spending time at Cornell EMS, which is one of the most rewarding parts of my experience at Cornell. I have met incredible people from all corners of the Cornell community and been able to develop strong leadership skills. I am so thankful for this opportunity to gain hands-on experience in emergency medicine and share that with some of my best friends.


Ethan Bachert ‘21

Hometown: Niskayuna, NY

Major: Biological Sciences

Minors: Leadership; Nutrition & Health

#mycalsmoment was my first fall in Ithaca. Not only was I taking interesting courses in biology, chemistry, and climate change that related to my ambitions as a scientist, but I also got to experience fun events like the Apple Harvest Festival, Fall Fest, and Homecoming. The Apple Harvest Festival is by far my favorite…you can enjoy anything that is apple-related (including the best apple cider donuts in New York!) Plus the fall color changes at Cornell, especially overlooking Libe Slope and on the Ag Quad, are amazing and it is something I look forward to each year!


Kayla Shelley ‘21

Hometown: Sarasota, FL

Major: Animal Science

Minor: Education

#mycalsmoment was serving as a student member on the CALS Diversity and Inclusion Committee, through which I had the privilege of working alongside faculty and staff members to impact the inclusive experience for all students in CALS. Executing profound events, representing students' voices, and creating sustainable institutional change is just a glimpse into the diversity and inclusion movement at Cornell CALS. One particularly memorable moment was during a meeting about developing a curriculum for first-year students that would account for the diversity of students' past experiences. It really sunk in that I was going to have an impact on future Cornellians.


Sabrina Celis ‘21

Hometown: New City, NY

Major: Entomology

#mycalsmoment was going on trips with Snodgrass and Wigglesworth Undergraduate Entomology Club every spring break. There is always lots of fun, friendship, and memories. We visit entomology departments in universities around the country to see what awesome research they are doing, and also to see what cool bugs are around!

Student sitting on a brick wall
Student studying plants in a Cornell greenhouse
Student sitting in the grass
Student petting an elephant
Student standing next to an ambulance in her EMT gear
Student portrait
Student studying a bird specimen
Student holding bugs at Cornell's Insectapalooza

Visit Campus Virtually

Now you can explore Cornell CALS' beautiful campus through interactive maps created just for you by CALS Earth and Atmospheric Science alumna Savannah Ferretti '20.