First-Year Undergraduates On-Campus Housing
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.
- Ecology House
- Holland International Living Center (HILC)
- Just About Music (JAM)
- Latino Living Center (LLC)
- Loving House
- Multicultural Living Learning Unit (McLLU)
- Risley Residential College
- Ujamaa Residential College
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.
Balch Hall (Balch Hall is closed for renovations and will not be available for academic year 2022-2023. A first-year female-only community will be provided in Barbara McClintock Hall.)
- Clara Dickson Hall (1/2 of Dickson will house first-year students and 1/2 will house sophomores)
- Court-Kay-Bauer Hall
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hall
- High Rise #5
- Hu Shih Hall
- Jameson Hall
- Low Rise #6
- Low Rise #7
- Mary Donlon Hall
- Barbara McClintock Hall (for first-year females)
- Mews Hall
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!