Diversity Programs and Services

AAP is committed to supporting a diverse student population with both academic and social support. The college facilitates access to a host of academic and extracurricular opportunities, and also assists in helping increase the enrollment and retention of students from under-represented groups such as African Americans, Hispanic/Latino/as, and Native Americans among others.

The college encourages the development of the next generation of professionals and helps them become world-class citizens with global perspectives. AAP undergraduate and graduate students are provided with academic, career, and leadership opportunities so they may thoroughly explore their chosen interests in architecture, art, and planning in Ithaca and beyond.

The resources available to AAP students include individual advising, internship and scholarship opportunities, mentoring programs, and a pre-first-year summer program.

Ways to Get Involved

There are many ways for AAP students to get involved and to foster community both within Cornell and throughout Ithaca. Some student organizations include:

  • Movement of Architecture, Art, and Planning (MOAAP); an organization that addresses the academic, social, and policy issues that affect AAP students of color and that may have an impact on the larger college community
  • National Organization for Minority Architects Students (NOMAS), the student group under the leadership of the National Organization of Minority Architects; designed to expose architecture students of color to the history, culture, and practice of professional architects of color
  • Planning Students for Diversity (PSD); a graduate student-run organization with a vision of more equitable planning through the inclusion and support of diverse viewpoints and experiences. PSD actively discusses and advocates around issues of diversity (race, gender, access, social justice, equity, etc.) in the Department of City and Regional Planning, across campus, and in the field of planning through monthly #RealTalk programs, guest speakers, movie nights, and other activities


The Office of Admissions and Academic Services is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. During the academic year, walk-in hours are available.

Programs and Services

Diversity Hosting is an annual program for admitted students. The program is by invitation only and provides admitted students with an opportunity to visit Cornell, spend one night on campus, and get a small taste of life as a student at AAP.

The Higher Education Opportunities Program (HEOP) provides eligible New York State students with comprehensive services to ensure their academic success despite disadvantages based on educational or economic circumstances. HEOP is administered through the State Programs Office and AAP's Office for Admissions and Academic Services. Eligibility is determined by New York State's residency and economic requirements. AAP offers supplemental support services to HEOP students in the college.

The Learning Strategies Center sponsors the six-week Pre-First-Year Summer Program to enhance the performance and preparation for selected first-year students enrolling in the fall. Students are selected by the college through the admission process. Students are pre-enrolled in academic courses to advance their degree progress. Specialized college programming augments university programming.

MOAAP sponsors the annual Vertner Woodson Tandy symposium — named in honor of an African-American architecture student at Cornell — to explore issues in architecture, art, and planning. Tandy was the first African-American architect licensed to practice in  New York State. Additionally, he was a cofounder of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.