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Finding your path

The CALS Student Success Navigator Initiative at Cornell CALS is a new, individualized approach to fostering and supporting student wellness and success. The program aims to provide equitable resources to help students from historically excluded, under-resourced and nontraditional backgrounds transition to Cornell – defining and building a community of support to ensure their academic, personal and professional success.

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How does the program work?

CALS student success navigators work one on one with students and their families, by:

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Get answers

Our team helps prospective students and parents answer their admissions and financial aid questions upon applying.

Make connections

We guide them through fall pre-enrollment details and connect them to campus resources and student organizations.

Create pathways

Our navigators help transition them to their campuswide advisors through fall new student orientation.

Build relationships

And we continue to be a resource for students into the fall semester and beyond. 

Student resources

Supporting academic, personal and professional wellness

Degree Progress & Staying on Track

  • Student Center can be used to help students plan their academic schedule, enroll in classes and track progress toward completing requirements. This is where students can add, drop and swap courses.  
  • Student Essentials, also known as Cornell’s student academic portal. Here, you can update personal information, manage your academics and finances, and connect with other Cornelians!
  • DUST can be used to track your CALS and college requirements. This is also where you can find an array of CALS petitions such as requesting a leave of absence, updating your expected degree date, etc. * Note: This portal does not track major and minor requirements! 
  • While you are assigned a faculty advisor who is most likely in your concentration interests, your Advising Coordinator(s) (per major) are a great point of contact for major related questions.
  • Cornell University 2022-2023 Academic Calendar
  • Key CALS Academic Dates and Deadlines 

Studying & Tutoring

Contact your CALS navigator

Callan Robinson CALS
Callan Robinson

Transfer Student Success Navigator

Office of Student Services

Callan Robinson
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