Purchase A Wellness Recreation Membership

Membership is open to staff, faculty, or retirees, and their spouses/partners. If you are  paying by check or credit card, please see (*) important information below. If you are a retiree, spouse/partner, please see (**) important information below. 

Ways to Purchase A Wellness Recreation Membership

  1. Fill out an online Wellness Recreation Membership Application if you are a Cornell employee (this online membership application option is not yet available for retirees, spouses/partners). You will be asked for your net ID and password, then the application will load. 
  2. Request a membership application be sent to you through email by contacting Debbie Gatch (email: dag7@cornell.edu). Return the application through campus mail to Cornell Wellness, Room 305 Helen Newman Hall. Or, mail it to 305 Helen Newman Hall - Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.
  3. Print the Wellness Recreation Membership Application and return it through campus mail to Cornell Wellness, Room 305 Helen Newman Hall. Or, mail it to 305 Helen Newman Hall - Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853. Printable version of the PAR-Q.

* Please note: If you are paying for a membership by check or credit card, please email Debbie Gatch dag7@cornell.edu for details. There are currently no on-site walk-in office hours due to COVID-19.

** If you are a retiree, a spouse, or a partner you MUST have an official Cornell University ID card PRIOR to filling out a membership application. Cornell ID cards may be purchased through the Registrar's Office or the HR Services and Transitions Center. During COVID-19 call the Registrar's Office or the HR Services and Transitions Center directly for instructions on obtaining an ID card. ID card additional information.

If you would like a facility tour or an individual meeting with a Cornell Wellness staff member to gain more information about the program before joining, please contact Cornell Wellness at (607) 255-5133. Give us a try with a free one-day trial membership. This option is currently not available due to COVID-19.

Wellness Recreation Membership Options

  • 1-Year Wellness Recreation Membership - Cost is $175 (pro-rated to fiscal year). This membership allows you access to CFC and Wellness group fitness classes, fitness centers, pools and more. Membership begins on date of purchase and runs until the end of the fiscal year.
  • 4-Month Wellness Recreation Membership - Cost is $75. This membership is the same as the 1-Year Wellness Recreation Membership, just shorter. Membership begins on the date of purchase and is valid for 4 months.
  • 1-Year Group Fitness Only Class Pass - Cost is $115. This membership only allows you access to the CFC group fitness classes. Membership begins on the date of purchase and is valid for one year.
  • Cornell Program for Healthy Living/Aetna (CPHL) Wellness Recreation Membership - Cost is no charge. This membership allows you access to CFC and Wellness group fitness classes, fitness centers, pools and more. Membership continues throughout insurance participation. (eligibility: this option is only available to the Cornell employee who has CPHL insurance. View CPHL Wellness Recreation Membership Fact Sheet for details).

Through the Toni McBride Wellness Fund, a Toni McBride Wellness Membership scholarship application form (also in Word format)is available to any benefits eligible employee and retiree to reduce the cost of a 1-year Wellness Recreation Membership.

View our membership policy including information about automatic renewal and the cancellation policy. 

Wanting to purchase a Day Pass? Please read day pass policy information and eligibility before purchasing. Purchase a Day Pass. This option is currently not available due to COVID-19.

Bringing a guest or a child to the facilities? Please review our guest/day pass and child/dependent policiesThis option is currently not available due to COVID-19.

Attending a conference and wanting to use the facilities? Review conference pass policiesThis option is currently not available due to COVID-19.