What Do Cornell Acronyms Mean?

CAA is the Cornell Alumni Association, the umbrella organization for all alumni activities working to encourage participation, identify and develop leaders, and recognize outstanding commitment and leadership.CAA represents all Cornell alumni. Its board comprises 65 members who represent all of the major alumni organizations, including:


  • Cornell clubs (such as the Cornell Club of Los Angeles CCLA)
  • College alumni associations (such as CHS - Cornell Hotel Society)
  • Cornell Association of Class Officers (CACO)
  • Cornell University Council (CUC)
  • President's Council of Cornell Women (PCCW)
  • Cornell Black Alumni Association (CBAA)
  • Cornell Latino Alumni Association (CLAA )
  • Cornell Asian Alumni Association (CAAA)
  • Cornell University Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association (CUGALA)
  • The Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network advisory council (CAAAN)


CAAAN is the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network, a group of 9,500 proud Cornell alumni who serve as enthusiastic ambassadors to prospective students and families in all 50 states and at least 50 nations across the globe.

Alumni ambassadors are important to Cornell’s admissions recruitment efforts as they meet individually with freshman applicants, staff college fairs, and host 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.

CACO is the Cornell Association of Class Officers.  More than 1,700 class officers from more than 70 classes are volunteering their time and talent to help their classmates forge stronger ties with Cornell.

The CACO Board guides the big picture for CACO’s efforts. These include:

1) Leadership development—evaluating current CACO programming and working on new training initiatives

2) Membership—evaluating membership statistics and initiatives and collaborating with the Cornell Alumni Magazine to increase duespayer numbers

3) Diversity—review current programs and events for ways to diversify class officer leadership and programming

4) Communications—developing communications that help students and alumni identify more closely with their classes to encourage participation in Cornell activities

5) Student mentoring—nurture current students and introduce them to volunteer roles

CAF is the Cornell Annual Fund.  Philanthropy has played a key role in Cornell’s history dating back to Ezra Cornell’s founding gift, and volunteers play a vital role in contacting other Cornellians, parents, and friends to encourage them to support the Cornell Annual Fund.

CALC is the flagship volunteer event, where alumni leaders spanning dozens of clubs, classes, associations, positions, and geographies come together to communicate, collaborate, brainstorm, and share—all in the name of connecting Cornellians.  The annual three-day conference features nearly 40 sessions—a mix of faculty and staff presentations, alumni-led discussions, trustee insights, board meetings, networking opportunities, organization-specific programs, and even a little time on the town.  In 2013, CALC will be held in Boston Jan 18-20.

CEN is the Cornell Entrepreneur Network.  It is the university's multi-city business networking program. With more than100 events per year, CEN offers alumni the opportunity to learn from world-class speakers and meet Cornellians with similar business motivations.

CHS is The Cornell Hotel Society.  It is the alumni association of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. The objective of the Society is to promote the interests of Cornell University, the Hotel School, alumni, administrators, faculty and students. The Society also promotes fellowship, networking, education, recruitment, career management, development, and financial assistance to students at the School, professionalism, and training in the hospitality industry

CUC is Cornell University Council.  Members, who are nominated, help ensure that the voices of alumni, parents, and friends play a meaningful role in Cornell's strategic direction. Council members are the first group of alumni the university turns to for needs like these:

1) Responding to initiatives and program needs of faculty and administrators

2) Serving as a leader in alumni organizations and financial support

3) Serving as a Cornell ambassador and spokesperson in alumni and community groups

4) Hosting events

5) Fundraising

6) Serving on task forces dedicated to specific issues

7) Serving on non-council committees and advisory groups

8) Lobbying the federal or state government

The council includes more than 450 elected members and over 270 life members. Trustees, trustees emeriti, and presidential councilors also serve as council members. Total membership is more than 900 alumni, parents, and friends.

PCCW is a group of highly accomplished alumnae working to enhance the involvement of women students, faculty, staff, and alumnae as leaders within Cornell University and its many communities. PCCW seeks to engage accomplished alumnae who have not been active in alumni organizations.  Membership is through nomination.