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Barbara McClintock Hall

Housing Location

224 Cradit Farm Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Barbara McClintock Hall is part of Cornell's First-Year Experience, and will house first-year students. McClintock Hall is named in honor of Cornell 1923-1927 graduate, Nobel Prize winner Barbara McClintock.  

Through creative floor plans, McClintock Hall provides living spaces with a modern aesthetic that enhances the residential experience and encourages interaction and collaboration among students. McClintock Hall aims to draw students out of their individual rooms and into ample common areas that support group study, social interaction, and programs in spacious lounges and nearby cafés. McClintock Hall's Residence Hall Director, Faculty-in-Residence member, and Resident Advisors will host programs and activities for all interests that help students meet new friends and make connections to the university community.

For 2022-2023, Barbara McClintock Hall will house the all-female identified experience traditionally housed in Balch Hall, which is currently closed for renovation. Self-governance--long a tradition for Cornell women--is well established in this community, with plenty of leadership opportunities. The student-driven Community Council arranges programs and events for 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.

Community Features

  • 311 residents 
  • Located on North Campus
  • Single and double rooms arranged in pods along the corridor with corridor bathrooms. Pods are single gender; floors are mixed gender.
  • Lounges, study areas, shared kitchen spaces, a music practice room, and laundry facilities 
  • Bedrooms contain, for each occupant: an extra-long twin bed, a wardrobe and three drawer bureau, a desk and desk chair, a desk lamp, a wastebasket, and recycling bin 
  • Wireless Internet access 

Affiliated Faculty

Susan Daniel, Fred H. Rhodes Professor in the Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is the Faculty-in-Residence for Barbara McClintock Hall. She and her partner, Michael, regularly spend time with student members of the Barbara McClintock Hall community.

Barbara McClintock 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.


Payment for use of washers and dryers is through a Campus Life debit account accessed by downloading the CSCPay Mobile App to add funds to your laundry account. You can download the app from the App Store or Google Play. The recommended starting amount is $25. Subsequent deposits can be made at any time. The balance in your laundry account will remain active as long as you live in University housing. Please note that any balance remaining after you move out of University housing cannot be refunded.

Dining Options

Learn about Cornell Dining undergraduate meal plans.


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