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.



IMPORTANT: The Physical Education offices are temporarily closed due to University requirements. All communications should be sent by email.

Fall'20 classes are now online.

3/12/2020 IMPORTANT!! Any senior graduating in SP '20 who still needs to complete their swim test or PE requirement will have the requirements waived per the University Provost.


BAHAMAS DIVE TRIP - Spring Break 2021- Go here for information and application

AUSTIN, TX YOGA RETREAT - Spring Break 2020 - Go here for information and application

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.

Swim Test dates and times for 2020-2021 school year are listed here: http://pe.cornell.edu/requirements/swim-test-dates-and-times. 

All Students must bring their ID card with them to the test.  Students with a Saturday move-in date may still pick-up their ID cards at Willard Straight Hall on Friday if they wish to take the test on Friday.

Please note that Make up swim tests for Fall '20 will be held from 1:30 -2:30 PM on the following days: Fridays, Nov 6, 13 and 20 in Teagle Hall Pool.