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 is a three-day residential experience for incoming Cornell freshman and transfers held in late July on the Cornell University Campus. Led by Christian faculty, upperclassmen, alumni, and campus ministers, this pre-college retreat helps incoming students ask the big questions, design a meaningful college experience, learn practical tips, and build a faith community among peers – all before arriving on campus in the fall. The curriculum draws upon The Veritas Forum’s 25 years of experience engaging faith and inquiry on America’s leading campuses.

The Chesterton House Overnight

The Overnight is a mini-retreat that transitions students from summer into their first year at Cornell. First-year freshman and transfers will join upperclass students prior to orientation in order to meet classmates, learn about life at Cornell, and glean wisdom in the context of Christian fellowship. We will spend our time in team-building activities, learning from a Christian faculty member, reflecting, discussing with upperclass students, strengthening camaraderie through meals, and relaxing as well. The 2019 Overnight will take place August 22-23 from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning and the cost is $75. If you are moving into the dorms, there is a $45 fee for early move-in, so your total payment will be $120. The program begins with a welcome lunch for you and your family on Thursday at our men’s residential facility.

Chesterton House is a faith-based organization that affirms the Apostles Creed and seeks to serve students by connecting them with important resources for situating the college years within the framework of Christian faith. Chesterton House is an affiliate organization of Cornell University through Cornell United Religious Work, but the Chesterton House Overnight is not a Cornell program.

What Participants Said Last Year:

“The best part of the Overnight was the bonding that happened so quickly as well as the opportunity to interact with upperclassmen.”

“It gave me a new perspective and understanding of the role of academics in Christianity and I feel I’ve learned a lot about how to approach the knowledge that college will be giving us.”

Chesterton House Painting