Residence Halls for First-Year Undergraduate Students
Cornell's residence halls are vibrant and diverse communities where our students live, learn, and pursue their passions. Each one is a center of activity, study, socialization, cultural exploration, and fun.
A network of staff members, upper-level student RAs, and professors provide a built-in support system through the residence hall living-learning experience. Interaction with faculty members is nurtured through the Faculty-in-Residence and Faculty Fellows programs, among other opportunities for engagement.
Our residence halls are coed, except for Balch Hall, which is for first-year women only. (During academic year 2023-2024 Balch Hall will be closed for renovations; there will be a community for female-identified students in Barbara McClintock Hall.) All residence halls have single and double rooms; some also have triples and quads (two doubles that share an entrance). Our housing options vary in physical location and environmental design. Please note that not every building has elevator access, air conditioning, wheelchair accessible rooms, and/or private bathrooms. Please see individual housing pages for more information, or contact the Housing & Residential Life Office at email@example.com or 607-255-5368.
All first-year residences are grouped together on North Campus, along with nine residential Program Houses, 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.
- Balch Hall (During the 2023-2024 academic year, Balch Hall will be closed for renovations.)
- Barbara McClintock Hall
- Clara Dickson Hall (During the 2023-2024 academic year, 1/2 of Dickson Hall will house first-year students, and 1/2 will house sophomores)
- Court-Kay-Bauer Hall
- High Rise #5
- Hu Shih Hall
- Jameson Hall
- Low Rise #6
- Low Rise #7
- Mary Donlon Hall
- Mews Hall
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hall
Unless you're applying to live in a Program House, the decision about which residence hall you'll be in is determined by a random auto-allocation process, based on your preferences. The timing of your application does not influence the selection process; the auto-allocation is conducted based on all the applications received by the published deadline.