Housing Master Plan


Beginning in early 2016, the Division of Student and Campus Life engaged with Cornell and local communities in a Housing Master Planning process focused on how best to meet the University’s current and future housing needs for undergraduate and graduate students. The intent is to provide a road map to guide planning for housing development over the next ten to 25 years.  There will be hundreds of decision points along the way, but we will have set a general direction for making those decisions.  What we already know is that the plan must:

  • Plot a course toward addressing the large and growing deferred maintenance backlog in our on-campus residential facilities;
  • Increase our capacity to meet the needs of current students, provide the appropriate type of housing at each developmental phase of our students’ time on The Hill, provide more space on campus for sophomores who want to stay on campus, make programmatic improvements in certain buildings, and support other efforts in the city and the county to alleviate the prevailing housing crunch;
  • Plan for and provide capacity for possible future enrollment growth.

To date, that process has included an inventory and analysis of current housing facilities and programs, a survey of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and a study of prevailing local market conditions.

The consulting firm of U3 Advisors was engaged to devise a plan that will provide near- and long-term strategies for student housing and to optimize Cornell’s student housing portfolio. A broadly inclusive working group has guided the process and stakeholder inputs have been solicited along the way.

Review the themes that emerged from the two student surveys or download the complete summary for an in-depth look.