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New Undergrad Application Process

Welcome new students!

All the housing options for first-year students are located on North Campus, convenient to several dining rooms, a café, a convenience store and many recreational spaces and support services. North Campus is in walking distance of most buildings where you will have classes. The TCAT bus system, which is free for first-year students, picks up at several locations on North Campus. Most first-year students do not bring cars to campus. It’s easy to get around by walking, biking or riding the bus.

Housing options for new transfer students are located in each area of campus - West, North, South, program houses - within easy access to dining options, classrooms, and study spaces.

The new student application for 2023-2024 academic year will open in early April.

Newly admitted students for the 2023-2024 academic year do not need to do anything at this time.  Once regular decisions are released (typically late March/early April), we will open up our new student application.  You'll need your activated NetID to apply. Log in to the Housing Portal to apply and are encouraged to apply within ten days of receiving your NetID.  (Transfer students should apply for housing within ten days of receiving your NetID.)

When you're in the housing portal you’ll have these options:

  1. Decide whether you want to live in a program house or a residence hall.  Program houses are living-learning communities that are either interest- or identity-based. Residence halls at Cornell vary in format, but all include support from staff and faculty. 
  2. Indicate room type preferences. First-year and transfer students may request to live in a single, double, or triple. We will do our best to assign you to your preferred room type. 
  3. Tell us about yourself or your preference for a roommate. Complete a brief questionnaire about your lifestyle and habits to help us match you with a roommate; or you can provide a name of a particular student. We will attempt to fill your request but cannot guarantee it. Most students do not have roommates before they apply for housing.

Over 500 first-year and transfer students will live in Program Houses

“I chose Ujamaa because I felt very much like an outsider at Cornell and wanted to connect more with a community I can relate to.”   “I was passionate about environmentalism coming into college and wanted to learn more about what I could do to make a positive impact on our planet.” These are some of the reasons students have chosen Program Houses. Read more about the benefits of the Program House living experience.  

In addition:

  • You may indicate your interest in a female-only community.
  • You may opt in to mixed-gender housing. First you’ll need to view a video and agree to the rules. Read more about gender-inclusive housing.
  • Transfer students may also indicate interest in the West Campus House System. There may be some openings for new transfer students in cooperative houses
  • If you require accessible housing for a disability/chronic health-related reason, you must register with Student Disability Services (SDS). In order to ensure that you are assigned to housing that is accessible to you, we recommend initiating the registration process with SDS as soon as possible to allow adequate time for SDS to review your request. For information on how to register with SDS, please visit Questions? Contact SDS (phone 607 254-4545, email

NOTE: 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. You will not rank residence halls.  

Transfer Students

Transfer students are able to preference the Townhouse Apaertments, West Campus House System, and South Campus Residence Halls in addition to program houses. You will have plenty of peers and a strong support system. Almost 15% of new incoming students are transfers.

There is no fee to apply for housing

The housing costs will appear on the bursar bill. Students will be billed in July or August for fall-semester housing, and in December for spring-semester housing. Prices vary based on type of room. Read about housing rates.