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Cornell NorCal

Who We Are

The Cornell Alumni Association of Northern California, "Cornell Norcal," is an alumni volunteer run organization whose mission is to engage Cornell alumni and to celebrate the spirit of Cornell University here in northern California.

Cornell Norcal was founded in 1979 as a 501©(3) non-profit organization. We represent approximately 15,000 Cornell alumni, students, parents, and friends throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.  Throughout our 30-year history, we have been fortunate to draw countless alumni volunteers to staff our boards of directors and to plan and host our activities.

What We Do

We bring together Cornellians. We host close to 100 events every year, including lectures, book clubs, rock climbing, happy hours and volunteer events.  We also host a listserve, "CAANC-Connect", read by thousands of Cornellians where alumni can post questions regarding job searches, networking, house-hunting and more. 

We fund two Cornell endowed scholarships. Cornell Norcal contributes dollars every year to our own scholarship fund that is managed by Cornell University. The funds support Tradition Fellowships that are awarded each year to two deserving Cornell students for their four-year tenure.

We fund and partner with CAAAN. "CAAAN," The Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network is a group of 9,500 proud Cornell alumni who serve as enthusiastic ambassadors to prospective students and families during individidual meetings with freshman applicants, state college fairs, and local receptions for admitted and entering students.  CAAAN members not only share their experiences and information about Cornell, but also help to personalize the admissions process for thousands of candidates each year.

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