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Visit Cornell and CIPA

We would love to have you visit us.  We have told you how flexible the MPA program is, how diverse and engaging our Fellows are, and how many opportunities exist for you to gain real-world experience here. Now, find out for yourself! 

Attend the Spring Open House visit

We host an Open House for MPA applicants each spring.

During the Open House, we will offer a comprehensive overview of the MPA program and introduce you to CIPA faculty and staff. In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet with current CIPA Fellows who will discuss their experiences at Cornell. Hear about the off-campus study programs in Rome and Washington, DC, from people who attended them. Find out how you can be the next editor of The Cornell Policy Review . Enjoy drinks at Cornell's Big Red Barn with a group of current students. Visitors for this event also have the option of staying with a current student during their visit.

Arrange for a Personal Visit to Campus

If our spring Open House date doesn't work for you, we would be happy to arrange an individual visit day that better suits your schedule. To set up a productive itinerary for your visit, we ask  that you provide us with at least two-week's notice before your anticipated arrival.  We also need you to provide us with some information about your specific interests, so that we can determine which classes to have you visit and which faculty and staff to have you meet.  If you have time, we will also arrange for a group of current CIPA Fellows to go to lunch with you, so that you can hear about the program first-hand from those whose interests are similar to your own. 

To schedule your visit:

Please email Jamaica Brown at


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Travel Information

Getting to Ithaca

Ithaca is located approximately four hours driving distance from New York City and Philadelphia, and six hours driving distance from Boston and Washington, DC. It is served by a number of airports, including the Ithaca-Tompkins Regional airport, as well as the Syracuse-Hancock International airport.


The Cornell University Travel Portal provides up-to-date information on hotels, motels, and bed-and-breakfast inns in the Ithaca area.