Pre-Orientation Programs

Pre-orientation programs are designed to provide all incoming and interested first-year students and transfers the opportunity to transition from summer into the academic year in light of Christian faith.

“Real development is not leaving things behind, as on a road,
but drawing life from them, as on a root.” G.K. Chesterton

Veritas Academy

Veritas Academy 2023 is an overnight, residential experience for incoming Cornell first-year and transfer students, held August 12-13. Led by Chesterton House staff and upperclassmen, this experience helps incoming students ask the big questions, design a meaningful college experience, learn practical tips, and build a faith community among peers – all before Cornell Orientation begins. Please join us to connect and prepare for your Cornell experience!

Chesterton House is an orthodox confessional Christian ministry serving the Cornell campus and broader Ithaca community. Chesterton House exists to facilitate the discovery of the intellectual riches of the historic Christian faith, thereby empowering for faithful Christian living. Chesterton House aims to provide a Christian college experience for students through our 2 acre residential campus of intentional Christian living, vibrant community life, courses aimed to integrate intellectual growth with their religious faith, and spaces for students to grow on their path to Christ through embodied practices while supporting & finding support in community.


What Previous Participants Said:

“I signed up for Veritas super last minute, so I had no idea what to expect. But I’m happy to say that it was an absolutely amazing experience that I still remember to this day. Through the time spent with new friends, the late night worship, the laughs we had while playing games together, the morning devotionals, and the way we explored God in a deeper way than I ever had, I learned more about myself and grew closer to God. It encouraged me and made me excited to come to Cornell, and it eased my nervousness about finding a Christian community.”

“Veritas Academy was an amazing experience for me that pushed me emotionally as well as spiritually. It was the first time I felt free enough to ask academic questions about my faith, and for that I am eternally grateful. Although a short period of time, I feel that attending the program gave me like-minded friends with whom I was able to begin my journey at Cornell. I would encourage anyone interested in growing as a person and pushing themselves spiritually, regardless of knowing what exactly that looks like in this exact moment, to try and apply for this program.”

Cost: $75


Register Here!



Chesterton House Painting