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Balch Hall

Housing Location

Balch Hall Entrance

Balch Hall, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Note: Balch Hall will close for renovation in summer 2021 and will not be available for academic year 2021 - 2022. A community for first-year female-identified students will be provided in another building.

Balch Hall is a residence for first-year female-identified students. A four-story Gothic building that opened its doors in the 1920s, Balch is one of Cornell's most historic and unique residence halls, with ivy-covered stone walls, mullioned windows, and flagstone-bedded interior courtyards and gardens. It also retains other features that hint at its rich past: many rooms still have mirrored vanity tables, their own sinks, and wrought-iron closet racks where women stored their fancy hats.

Self-governance - long a tradition for Cornell women - is well established in Balch, with plenty of leadership opportunities. The student-driven Balch Hall Council arranges programs and events for the hall's residents, ranging from group outings to see plays or go apple picking to educational programs focused on women in the workplace, surviving academia at Cornell, sexuality and relationship development, and body image. You can also become a student leader in our very own Women's Center, a resource room housing a library, video, and DVD collection for your use.

Explore the Balch Hall community pages in CampusGroups.

Community features:  

  • Open to first-year women 
  • 230+ residents 
  • Located on North Campus 
  • Single, double, and triple rooms arranged along corridors, with private or semi-private sinks or sink rooms, and shared corridor bathrooms 
  • Lounges, study areas, shared kitchens, two community pianos, and laundry facilities 
  • Bedrooms contain, for each occupant: an extra-long twin bed, a closet and a bureau (or wardrobe/bureau combination), a desk and desk chair, a desk lamp, a wastebasket, and floor carpeting
  • Wireless Internet access 
  • Balch Hall rooms do not have air conditioning.

Faculty involvement:
Susan Daniel, Associate Professor in the Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is the Faculty-in-Residence for Balch Hall. She and her partner, Michael, make their home in the Faculty-in-Residence house across the street from Balch and regularly spend time with student members of the Balch community. 

Balch Hall also has a number of Faculty and Community Fellows that provide students with opportunities to explore and cultivate their academic, intellectual, and cultural interests. You will find them attending events in your building, eating with students in the dining room, and leading on- and off-campus trips to lectures, plays, films, concerts, and regional points of interest.

Dining options:
Learn about Cornell Dining's meal plans.
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