The American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) utilizes a full circle approach to education. We believe in the recruitment, retention, and reintroduction of our students into their respective communities. Our full time student support specialist and administrative staff are available year round to help our students accomplish their goals. When they come to Cornell they can rely on us and our established connections throughout the university to help them with their transition. The AIISP takes the time to guide them through Cornell's rigorous academic programs. Additionally, providing students with the tools necessary to balance their academic and extracurricular activities.
The AIISP prides itself on having one of the highest American Indian graduation rates in the nation. From hiring quality tutors to sourcing important scholarships, the AIISP is here to support our students. Through the full circle approach, AIISP enables students to fully experience what a Cornell education has to offer. We encourage students to participate in our student organizations for networking and professional development opportunities. Our students are encouraged to participate in AIISP’s academic and cultural events such as, taking an American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS) course or living in Akwe:kon, the first residential program house in the nation to celebrate American Indian culture.
We recruit Native applicants from all parts of the United States, Canada, and across the globe. This recruitment is done through visits to high schools, academic conferences, and national organizations. Before even applying, a prospective student and their family can contact us to learn more about our program and how we can assist them during the process.