Typical educational years start on the third week of August and finish in mid-December — however in contrast, the Fall 2024 semester will start the final Monday of August, with the final day of finals falling 4 days earlier than Christmas.
Although the 2024-2025 calendar has been revealed on the Cornell Registrar web site, the College has but to announce any modifications made to subsequent yr’s educational schedule.
“There was concern to begin as early as Aug. 19 and the next impacts to school and fall sports activities… the early begin would have resulted in college students getting back from Thanksgiving break instantly into finals,” wrote Rhonda Kitch, College Registrar, in a written assertion to the Solar.
Zoe Cantor ’26 recounted feeling shocked to see the variations within the new educational calendar.
“I used to be stunned to see the modifications. I want the College would’ve concerned college students within the choice or at the very least knowledgeable us about it,” Cantor mentioned.
Thanksgiving 2024 falls on Nov. 28, 5 days later than this yr’s Thanksgiving. In earlier years, a later Thanksgiving has additionally coincided with a later begin date — akin to in 2019, when Thanksgiving final fell on Nov. 28. The College made comparable changes then, with the Fall 2019 semester ending on Dec. 21.
Lily Relleke ’26, who’s from Illinois, felt the later finish date would intrude with out-of-state college students touring dwelling for winter break.
“It’s the most costly time of the yr to fly. If you happen to’re out of state, and also you’re attempting to fly the day earlier than Christmas Eve, it’s unattainable,” Relleke mentioned. “I perceive they don’t need college students finding out over [Thanksgiving] break, however I’d slightly return instantly into finals season than attempt to fly a few days earlier than Christmas.”
Relleke additionally expressed concern that climate in Ithaca would intrude with touring plans, noting that the frequent snowfall Ithaca receives may stop college students from returning dwelling earlier than the vacations.
Nonetheless, Relleke did categorical content material that the brand new schedule aligns with neighboring universities’ begin dates.
“I’ve pals on the College of Rochester and different faculties that begin per week later than us, and this alteration makes us extra much like these universities,” Relleke mentioned.
Kristanna Petrillo ’26 expressed satisfaction that the later begin offers college students extra time to relaxation after wrapping up internships and summer time jobs. She additionally mentioned she hoped the later begin would reduce her publicity to Ithaca summer time warmth.
“[This year,] I solely had per week after my internship ended to gather myself and transfer again in. Extra time earlier than college begins would assist make [the start of the semester] much less overwhelming, particularly contemplating we’ve got college students from everywhere in the world,” Petrillo mentioned. “I additionally personally don’t get pleasure from trekking throughout campus within the 80-something diploma climate, so the much less time we’ve got to spend doing that, the higher.”
The calendar additionally initially said fall and February breaks would solely be three days, with instruction resuming Tuesday. The College has corrected this typographical error and these two breaks will proceed to be four-day weekends, with instruction resuming on Wednesdays as in years previous, in accordance with Kitch.
Subsequent yr, February break is ready to maneuver up by per week to overlap with President’s Day, coinciding with Ithaca Public Colleges’ break from courses.
“Native college districts usually have that time without work, and aligning [with President’s Day] finest helps our whole campus neighborhood,” Kitch wrote.
The College doesn’t anticipate these modifications to be everlasting and plans to rethink annually.
“All of it depends upon the move of the calendar and the way issues sync up,” Kitch wrote.
Angela Miller is a Solar contributor and might be reached at [email protected].