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The AAP Office of Admissions and Academic Services provides information, support, and programming to encourage student success from matriculation through graduation. Our staff is committed to fostering an environment that values creativity, critical thinking, and respect for diverse perspectives enabling AAP students to achieve their fullest potential. As a new member of the AAP community, please refer to the information on this site as you prepare for your first semester of study at Cornell.

Please note that all future communication will be sent to your Cornell email address. Email is the official mode of communication at the university, so be sure to check your Cornell email account regularly. If you have questions, please contact us at

Also, remember to visit your department's new student website:

We look forward to meeting you in person and working with you. You will find more information below about the admissions and academic services staff and the ways in which we can support you. Please come in and see us!


Melanie Holland Bell
Registrar and Senior Director of Admissions and Academic Services

P.S. Don't forget to pre-order your AAP New Student T-Shirt!

Meet the admissions and academic services staff:

Maureen Carroll, director of admissions: Congratulations! I am so pleased to welcome you to your graduate studies at Cornell University. I had the privilege of watching your application rise to the top in the selection process, and while I might not have a reason to see you again until graduation, please feel free to stop by to say hello.

Cheyanne Frutchey, service associate: If you are not sure who to see or where to go with questions or concerns about class enrollment or petitions, I am your first point of contact. You can find me at the front desk in Sibley Dome. Stop by and introduce yourself—I look forward to meeting you.

Kim Jaenson, off-campus study coordinator: Whether you are interested in attending AAP NYC, Cornell in Rome, or another off-campus opportunity, I can help you apply for a program, prepare for the experience of a lifetime, and answer your questions about studying off-campus.

Andrea Kiely, assistant director: Your graduate school experience will be full of exciting opportunities, but many students encounter some bumps in the road. Whether you are dealing with academic or personal challenges, need some encouragement, or just have a question, I am happy to help you navigate AAP, Cornell, and the local community.

Stephanie Resue, admissions associate: It was a pleasure communicating with you during the admissions process.  If you are starting your M.Arch. graduate program here at Cornell, I can guide you through the course equivalency process. Please stop by to talk to me if you have any questions or concerns during the start of your semester.

Adrienne Wilson, assistant director: Welcome to AAP at Cornell! Navigating class options while ensuring you take your required classes can be confusing at times. If you need any assistance planning your semesters, or have questions about degree requirements, I'm happy to assist you.

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