161 Things Every Cornellian Should Do

Cornell’s a big place. There’s lots to do. We’re here to help you make the most of it with this list of 161 things that every Cornellian should accomplish during their time on the Hill. Based on a 2005 email survey to students, this gets updated every year. Best of luck!

  1. Make the library into your bedroom and have sex in the stacks
  2. Finally meet the dazzling Denice Cassaro
  3. Go to the Cornell-Harvard men’s hockey game and throw fish on the iceHarvard blasted past Cornell on Saturday, burying the Red in a three goal deficit early in the game.
  4. Sing along to “We didn’t go to Harvard” with the Cayuga’s Waiters
  5. Sled down Libe Slope during a snow storm
  6. Take Hotel Administration 4300: Introduction to Wines
  7. Streak across the Arts Quad
  8. Take Psychology 1101: Intro to Psychology
  9. Test out Olin Library’s musically calibrated steps by throwing stones on them
  10. Attempt sake bombing at Plum Tree or Miyake in Collegetown
  11. Order ice cream at the Dairy BarPg-8-Dairy-Bar-by-Jason-Ben-Nathan-Senior-Photographer
  12. Climb the rock wall in Bartels Hall
  13. Listen to a full chimes concert from the clock tower and guess the songs played
  14. Order the same thing off the Collegetown Bagels menu all four years
  15. Register for classes during Freshman Orientation, then switch out of every single one by the time Add/Drop ends
  16. Wear flip-flops to class in January
  17. Go to the Fuertes Observatory on North Campus and gaze at meteor  showers
  18. Have a snowball fight in May
  19. Milk a cow
  20. Skip class to play frisbee on the Arts Quad
  21. Bury a bottle of Bacardi on the Slope. Dig it up on Slope Day.Pg-1-Slope-Day-by-Connor-Archard-File-Photo
  22. Observe the golden hour from the Newman Overlook at the Cornell Botanic Gardens
  23. Attend the Apple Festival on the Commons
  24. Flirt with your professor
  25. Bomb a prelim
  26. Ace the next one to save your grade
  27. Attend Hotelie prom
  28. Meet Happy Dave from Okenshield’s
  29. Turn your face blue from screaming at midnight before the first finals
  30. Get heartburn at the Chili Cook-off on the Commons
  31. Enjoy Ithaca’s two months of warm weather — spend a summer here!
  32. Go to a Shabbat dinner at 104 West
  33. Watch the AAP students parade down East Avenue on Dragon Day Pg-3-Dragon-Day-3-by-Cameron-Pollack-Photo-Editor
  34. Enjoy corn nuggets at The Nines
  35. Build a snow penis or count how many you see around campus
  36. Dress up and view The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Risley
  37. Take a class you think is impossible just for fun
  38. Go on a wine tour
  39. Kiss on the suspension bridge at midnight
  40. Sleep through your alarm for a 1:25 p.m. class
  41. Shop at the Friends of the Library Book Sale
  42. Get out of a University parking ticket
  43. Buy an Ithaca Is Gorges t-shirt, then get sick of wearing it and buy a variation (Ithaca Is Gangsta, Vaginas Are Gorges, Ithaca Is Long Island…)
  44. Learn the “Alma Mater,” “Evening Song” and “Give My Regards to Davy”
  45. Attend an opening at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
  46. Smuggle food from the dining hall and run for your life as they try to get back your stolen cookies
  47. Do the Walk of Shame
  48. Have dinner at a professor’s house
  49. Get wasted at a professor’s house
  50. Take a #selfie with a Cornell president
  51. Play a game of tag in the Kroch Library stacks
  52. See a play in the Schwartz Center
  53. Rush the field at the last home football game of the season
  54. Start your freshman year pre-med. Graduate as a Hotelie.
  55. Gamble at Turning Stone (try not to lose money)
  56. Watch dancers fly through the air at a Bhangra show
  57. Have a midnight picnic in the Ag Quad
  58. Wait in line for half an hour for a salad at the Terrace
  59. Ignore any and all “No Winter Maintenance” signs … slip and fall off the icy stairs
  60. Sit in Libe Café when you have no work to do and watch the worried students down gallons of coffee
  61. Write an angry letter to the editor of The Sun
  62. Go to Wegmans on a Friday or Saturday night
  63. Explore the secret underground tunnel between Uris and Olin libraries
  64. See the library’s Rare Book Collection
  65. Pretend you are Harry Potter and study in the A.D. White library
  66. See the brain collection in Uris Hall
  67. Eat at Taverna Banfi and charge it to CornellCard
  68. Buy beer at Jason’s in Collegetown and charge it to CityBucks
  69. Take Plant Pathology 2010: Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds
  70. Take part in a psychology experiment
  71. Take an unplanned nap in a library
  72. Take over a building Pg-1-Million-Student-March-by-Cameron-Pollack-Senior
  73. Following the legend, watch a virgin cross the Arts Quad and then see whether A.D. White and Ezra Cornell walk towards each other and shake hands
  74. Live through an Ithaca blizzard and tell your friends how you survived frostbite
  75. Throw a flaming pumpkin into the gorge
  76. Play co-ed intramural innertube water polo
  77. Spend all your lectures figuring out the day’s crossword. While sitting for the final, wish you had taken notes instead.
  78. Hook up with your T.A.
  79. Order a PMP at the Hot Truck
  80. Play trivia at Rulloff’s on Sunday nights
  81. Make the trek down the hill: Go to a townie bar
  82. Make a fool of yourself at karaoke at Loco on Tuesday
  83. Hit up Fishbowl Wednesdays at Level B
  84. Go bowling at Helen Newman Lanes
  85. Hand out quartercards on Ho Plaza
  86. Drive your car up and down Libe Slope or Ho Plaza
  87. Have a friend’s parents take you out to eat at John Thomas Steakhouse or Boatyard Grill
  88. Eat a chicken parm sandwich from Louie’s Lunch That's How I Roll and Louie's Lunch food trucks.
  89. Eat breakfast at 2 a.m. at the State Diner
  90. Get thrown out of Balch Hall
  91. Hook up with a freshman
  92. Go skinny dipping in a gorge
  93. Walk to the Commons and back
  94. Go to an a cappella concert
  95. Go ice skating at Lynah Rink
  96. Instagram the cherry blossoms in the spring
  97. Sell back your books; use money to buy alcohol
  98. Drink bubble tea
  99. Eat a Pinesburger
  100. Walk to a fraternity party with your entire freshman floor
  101. Go to a fraternity party as a senior; convince yourself you were never one of them
  102. Get lost in Collegetown during Orientation Week
  103. Get negged at a bar because the bouncer is actually friends with the person whose I.D. you are using
  104. See a foreign film at Cinemapolis or Cornell Cinema
  105. Eat mongo at RPCC
  106. See a concert at Barton Hall
  107. Gain the freshman 15. Pay $145 for a gym membership and don’t go.
  108. Eat brunch on North Campus
  109. Go swimming at Ezra’s Tunnel
  110. Fail your swim test, just for kicks
  111. Tailgate for homecoming
  112. Walk the runway as a model in the Cornell Fashion Collective’s annual fashion show CBP_9636
  113. Host a prefrosh
  114. Request a song to be played on the clock tower
  115. Get guilt-tripped into giving blood
  116. Get asked if you are pregnant at Gannett (males and females)
  117. Drink with your R.A.
  118. Make a chalking. Weep when it rains that night
  119. Sing drunk on the drunk bus
  120. Meet Bill Nye ’77, “The Science Guy,” and give him a hug
  121. See how long you can go without doing laundry
  122. Go on a road trip to Canada, flirt with the border patrol, smuggle booze back
  123. Try to order pizza from a Blue Light phone
  124. Go to the sex shop, called the “Adult Outlet,” on the Commons
  125. Get drunk on Slope Day, run into a vice president
  126. Complain about the Slope Day headliners
  127. Get tapped for a secret society
  128. Go to The Shops at Ithaca Mall, realize it is severely lacking, then drive to Destiny USA Mall in Syracuse
  129. Lose a friend over signing a lease in Collegetown
  130. Run out of BRBs in March. Live off campus events’ free food for the rest of the year
  131. Walk holding hands around Beebe Lake
  132. Visit the Sciencenter
  133. See Yamatai bang it out at Pulse
  134. Get J.A.’d for urinating on the Law School
  135. Hook up with someone randomly and then see them every day afterward
  136. Go to a coffee house in JAM
  137. See how many people you can cram into your dorm room
  138. Watch people play Dance Dance Revolution in Appel
  139. Write dirty messages with rocks in the gorge
  140. Ride a horse at Oxley Equestrian Center
  141. Ring the giant bell in the arboretum at the Cornell Botanic Gardens
  142. Crash a political rally on Ho Plaza
  143. Do the COE ropes course
  144. Attend a show at the State Theatre or Hangar Teatre
  145. Prank call the CIT HelpDesk
  146. Wake up at 7 a.m. for course enroll; realize that your choice classes are full anyway
  147. Ski at Greek Peak
  148. Take a night prelim near the vet school, walk back in the dark
  149. Cheer on your friends as they perform at the Schwartz Center
  150. Go to ClubFest as a first-year and sign up for a dozen clubs that you’ll never go to
  151. Take the BASICS program
  152. Walk to class in the snow, uphill both ways
  153. Buy a Cornell-grown apple from a vending machine
  154. Furnish an apartment entirely with items from the Dump & Run
  155. Eat at each dining hall at least once Students throw colored powder at each other on the Arts Quad Saturday in celebration of Holi, the Hindu spring festival.
  156. Ask for an extension on a term paper
  157. Take part in Holi and get colorful
  158. Pull an all-nighter in the Uris Library Cocktail Lounge
  159. Tell a professor what you really think of his/her class
  160. Attend a Sun organizational meeting
  161. Climb all 161 steps to the top of McGraw Tower