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First-Year Undergraduates On-Campus Housing

First-Year Undergraduates

As a first-year student, you'll be part of a community of more than 3,000 new Cornellians living in residence halls and Program Houses on North Campus. You decide whether to live in a Program House or residence hall, and indicate room type preferences. You do not need to research and rank residence halls; our staff will assign your residence hall based on the preferences you indicate. Most students do not have a roommate when they apply for housing, but you may request a particular roommate and we will attempt to fill your request.

All Ithaca campus first- and second-year full-time students are required to live on campus through the spring semester of their second academic year of enrollment, beginning with first-year and transfer students arriving in fall 2022. Students transferring to Cornell who had two years of an on-campus residential experience at their previous institution, or who are matriculating as a junior or senior, will not be subject to the residency requirement.

Program Houses: Program Houses are themed communities based on shared identities and interests or cultural backgrounds. These communities are open to first-year, transfer, and upperlevel men and women. 


First-Year Residence Halls: 

Cornell's first-year residence halls are friendly and supportive communities where residents live, learn, socialize, and study together. All are coed with the exception of Toni Morrison Hall for first-year female-identified students. 


Both options offer live-in staff support, opportunities for faculty interaction, cultural and educational programming, and social activities. 

As a part of your new North Campus neighborhood, you'll also find the Carol Tatkon Center for first-year students, two active community centers, three dining rooms, two cafes, a convenience store and grill, two athletic facilities, basketball and tennis courts, and a sand volleyball court. And all within a short walk to academic buildings on central campus!



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