Student Life


It is our pleasure to be one of the first to welcome you into the Cornish College of the Arts community! Cornish is a vibrant place to aspire toward your dreams, learn more about yourself and your art, create your own perspective of the world around you and bring thoughtful innovation to all you do as a student at Cornish and as a member of this community.

Cornish Connection is the first integral step of many that will help provide you with the information and resources you need in order to be successful here at Cornish as a student, artist and individual. We hope to provide you with ample opportunities to experience and explore Cornish campus life and the surrounding Seattle area. Cornish Connection will also be your first opportunity to join other incoming students in orientation groups led by our Orientation Leaders (OLs). The OLs will help you to build relationships with your peers and make lasting connections with the students who will be with you throughout your collegiate and artistic journey.


  • Residence Hall Move-in: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
  • Cornish Connection: Wednesday, August 31-Sunday, September 4, 2016
  • Labor Day: Monday, September 5, 2016
  • Convocation & First Day of Class : Tuesday, September 6, 2016


What is Cornish Connection?
Cornish Connection is a new student orientation program for all incoming Cornish students. During Cornish Connection, we hope to provide you with information on all of the resources available to you at Cornish and in the Seattle area while helping you to transition into the Cornish community and prepare you for your first semester at Cornish!

Where can I find a copy of the schedule?
This year, the orientation schedule will be accessible via the scheduling application, Sched.  This application will allow orientation attendees access to the schedule on-the-go and can sync to calendars. Students will receive an email via their Cornish email account in mid-August once the schedule is live. Or you can download the link here:

Is it mandatory that I go to Cornish Connection?
Yes, all incoming Cornish students (first year students, transfer students, international students) are required to attend Cornish Connection.

How do I sign-up for Cornish Connection?
Complete your registration for Cornish Connection via Compass.

What should I bring to Cornish Connection?
Students should wear comfortable clothes, good walking shoes, a rain coat and warm clothes as necessary. You can bring a pen to take notes with throughout the sessions.


Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Residence Hall Move-In, Parent/Family Sessions & Reception

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Mandatory Break-Out Sessions, Music Department Placement Exams, CSLC Social

Thursday, September 1st, 2016
Cornish Gives Back, Mandatory Break-Out Sessions, Explore Seattle Part One

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Academic Department Meetings, Music Dept. Ensemble Auditions

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
Mandatory Break-Out Sessions, Common Read Photo Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

Explore Seattle Part Two, Cornish Connection Wrap-Up

Monday, September 5th, 2016 LABOR DAY

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Convocation, Classes Begin