Tatkon Center for First-Year Students

An Intellectual, Support, and Resource Center for First-Year Students


The Tatkon Center is your home base on North Campus. We help you make a smooth transition into campus life. The Center is staffed by 25 friendly upperclassmen eager to share their experience. Come find us soon after your arrival on campus! We are here for you! Let us help you figure out life on the Hill for your first year and the years to come –classes, jobs, studying, making friends. We’ve been there, done that, so come talk with us. We work here because we want to help make your first year the absolute best it can be!

Think of us as your GPS for discovering all that Cornell has to offer. We provide special programs all year-long to introduce you to services and opportunities, plus these weekly academic and personal support services:

Writing Walk-In Service: Sundays–Thursdays, 7:00pm–10:00pm
Drop-in for free writing consultations. Sponsored by the John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines.

Let’s Talk (counseling): Mondays, 2:30pm–4:30pm
Drop-in and talk with an experienced counselor who can help if you have concerns about adjustment to Cornell, relationship issues, family problems, sexual health concerns, depression, anxiety, or relating to faculty or staff. Free and confidential. No appointment necessary. Sponsored by Gannett Health Services.

Let’s Meditate! Tuesdays, 9:00-9:30pm, co-sponsored by Gannett
Cultivating a practice of mindfulness is a smart investment in your career, your health, and your overall happiness. Individuals who meditate seem to feel better, do better, and find that the practice sustains them in their personal and professional lives. This weekly Guided Meditation Series offers an opportunity for all members of the Cornell community to practice a relaxing and restorative technique supported by scientific research. Whether a beginner or experienced, all are welcome!  Co-sponsored by Gannett Health Services.

Math Drop-In Tutoring: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Whether you are studying for a prelim or brushing up on forgotten algebra, tutors can relieve your math anxiety. Experienced tutors are available on a walk-in basis for free individual and small-group tutoring. Sponsored by the Math Support Center.

Q Chats: Third Thursday of the month, 2:00pm–4:00pm
Come chat with Brian Patchcoski, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Cornell’s LGBT Resource Center. All questions and identities welcome!

Leadership with a Public Purpose: Wednesdays, 4-5:30pm
Have questions about your personal leadership development, from specific opportunities at Cornell to your larger purpose as a leader?  Heard of Engaged Cornell’s efforts to strengthen learning through community engagement, and wondered what this means for students?  Ask questions during this informal, drop-in time, while sharing your ideas and passion to serve the public good.  Email Mike for more information bishop@cornell.edu