The Cornell University Physical Education Department is proud to offer one of the largest and most diverse Physical Culture Programs in the Ivy League. Over 100 courses are available, taught by experienced and gifted instructors. Thousands of students, staff, and area residents attend these classes every semester.

Most Cornell students pre-register for courses online prior to the semester. However, many individuals register during the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester. Non-students are allowed to register in person in the Physical Education office in 305 Helen Newman Hall on the first day of classes for each semester. Questions about PE classes should be referred to Pat Ackley at par2@cornell.edu or (607) 255-4286.

Cornell Outdoor Education (COE) classes have different deadlines and enrollment policies. Please refer to the COE site for specifics. Questions about COE classes should be referred to Danielle Ford at dmf238@cornell.edu or (607) 255-6183.



FALL 2022 IMPORTANT: Pre-registration will be open to Undergraduates only. Graduates will be allowed to register beginning in August 2022 during the add/drop period.

NEW INFORMATION as of 4/21/22: As a result of COVID-19, Cornell’s swim test is currently waived as a graduation requirement for seniors who graduated Spring 2020 - Fall 2021 or are graduating this Spring 2022.  Students graduating in Summer 2022 and forward will need to fulfill the swim test requirement for graduation. There will be a few options for swim tests in April and May 2022 for any seniors graduating in Summer 2022, Fall 2022 or Spring 2023. Click this link for dates and times. First-year students will have the fee (normally charged for delaying the swim test) waived. 


Deadlines for Physical Education and Outdoor Education are listed here: http://pe.cornell.edu/deadlines.  Physical Education Course Deadlines supersede the University course drop deadline. Know your PE course drop deadline to avoid late fees.