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Precollege Summer Residential Program Housing & Dining

Housing & Dining Guide
Precollege Summer Residential Program

Welcome to Precollege at Cornell University!

Please read the following important information about your stay on campus:

Precollege Administrative Assistant Office
General questions, concerns, permission forms, etc.
Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Clara Dickson Hall, Room 2585

Robert Purcell Community Center (RPCC)/Service Center
Services include mail/postal, keys, maintenance requests, etc. for all Precollege students.
Sunday - Saturday: 7:00am - 11:00pm

Use this format for your address while at Precollege:
Student Name
Cornell University
Precollege Summer Program
Robert Purcell Community Center
Room #, Building
21 Northcross Road
Ithaca, NY 14853

Important Phone Numbers & Information

Emergency:* 911
Cornell Police & Emergency Services:* 607-255-1111
Cornell Health: 607-255-5155
RPCC Service Center: 607-255-6214

Blue Light Phones 24/7:
Use these and campus emergency phones to reach the Cornell Police (607-255-1111). Call for assistance, information, or to report an emergency. Use any Blue Light phone, or one of the 275 indoor emergency telephones located on campus, for a direct connection to the Cornell Police.

Local Transportation Services:
Ithaca Dispatch (taxi): 607-277-7777
TCAT (bus): 607-277-7433

*Please notify your RCA on call at 607-327-1015 immediately if you have an emergency.

Linen Exchange

Exchange sheets, towels, facecloths and pillowcase (beginning Wednesday, June 22)
Wednesdays - 8:30am - 9:30am and 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Clara Dickson Hall, Room 2587
Jameson Hall, Room 1106

Spiritual Rooms
No matter what your religious beliefs are, spiritual and emotional health are a huge part of succeeding in life. We have provided rooms in your buildings to use as a space for reflection and to practice your faith. Rooms are available on a first come basis, 24/7, and open to all faiths.
Jameson Hall, Room 1594
Clara Dickson Hall, Room 2590

Laundry rooms can be found in each residence hall; staff can direct you to the one closest to your room. Be sure to download one of the apps listed below to do laundry. Instructions on how to use the apps can be found in each laundry room.

  • Clara Dickson Hall - CSC PayMobile App

  • Jameson Hall - GET Funds App

A suggested start for the summer is $10 for students in the six-week program and $5 for students in the three-week program. These funds are non-refundable, so please plan accordingly.Room Temperature
Temperatures can vary during Ithaca summers. If your room feels too warm, please use the fan that has been placed in your room for your comfort. If you need an additional fan, please contact Lewis Freedman at

Basic Furniture Measurements

(Based on standard furniture stock; furniture may vary by building)

Bed Frame - 36" x 85"
Wardrobe - 36" x 24" x 78" (34" x 60" inside wardrobe; 44" below bar; 21" from ceiling to top of wardrobe).
Drawers - 6" deep
Desk - 45" x 24" x 30"
Dresser - 36" x 20" x 30"

Safety and Security

  • All exterior building doors are locked 24 hours per day.
  • Do not prop open exterior doors.
  • Keep your room locked at all times.
  • Do not leave personal property unattended.
  • All visitors must be escorted.
  • Lost keys must be reported immediately to the RPCC Service Center

If you are locked out of your room during Service Center hours, you may borrow a key from the staff at the RPCC Service Center desk (open 7:00am-11:00pm). If you are locked out of your room after hours, please contact your RCA-on-call.

Early Bed Check-in Procedure
  • Residents wishing to go to bed earlier than Night Check should make arrangements by contacting the RCA-on-call up to one hour before Night Check. On-call RCAs can be contacted through the RCA-on-call number posted on your floor. RCAs must be contacted by 10:00pm Sunday through Thursday and 11:00pm Friday and Saturday.
  • After Night Check, RCAs will go to the rooms of the students who requested to turn in early to ensure they are in bed. Residents are expected to be in their rooms and in bed if they request an early bed check.
Fire Safety
  • All of our campus housing facilities are equipped with fire suppression systems.
  • Tampering with fire alarms, smoke detectors, and other equipment is a violation of New York State law and will result in severe disciplinary action.
  • Smoking and vaping are not permitted in buildings.
  • Extension cords, candles, and incense are prohibited.
  • Always evacuate the building when the fire alarm sounds (be familiar with exits!) and stand at least 25 feet away from the building.
Room Inventory/Damages
  • You are responsible for the condition of your room and furnishings during your stay.
  • You will be charged for any damage or missing furniture upon checkout.  In addition, you are responsible for leaving your room in a clean condition. You will be charged for any cleaning fees or trash removal necessary after you move out.
  • Do not use tape or self-adhering hooks on the walls.  You may use the tack strip near the ceiling for hanging posters, pictures, calendars, etc.
  • Students are responsible for intentional damage and messiness in all common areas. Community billing may be instituted during or immediately following the program if the responsible individual(s) do not come forward or are not reported.  Common areas, suite areas, and hallways must be left in clean condition at the end of the program.
  • All charges will be placed on your University Bursar account.
  • You and your parents will receive an email regarding any charges placed on your Bursar account after the program has concluded.

Dining on Campus

Cornell Dining has plenty of variety to offer you during the summer! As a Precollege participant, just present your Cornell Student ID card to the door checker or cashier upon entrance to a dining facility. Your meal plan is the unlimited meal plan, which includes unlimited meal swipes at All You Care to Eat (AYCTE) Dining Halls and $25.00 per week in Big Red Bucks.

Big Red Bucks
Cornell Dining's Traditional Meal Plans include both meal swipes that can be used to enter our residential dining rooms, and Big Red Bucks (BRBs), our declining debit account. You can use BRBs to buy food and drinks for yourself (not others) at any of our retail cafes, snacks or drinks from vending machines that take BRBs, or food or drinks at our convenience stores. You may also add Summer Bucks to your card for additional cashless transactions, and save 8% on your purchases; visit for details.

Note: please do not punch a hole in your Cornell Student ID card or it will not be scannable in the dining rooms.

Cornell Dining Hours of Operation for Precollege

Morrison Dining Hall*, Toni Morrison Hall
7:00am – 10:30am
10:30am – 2:30pm
2:30pm – 4:30pm (Lunch)
5:00pm – 7:30pm

Okenshields*, Willard Straight Hall
11:00am - 2:00pm

*Daily hours may vary. Check

  • Check out Cornell Dining Now at to see what's open near you, based on your location. Skim menus at each eatery, and see announcements about events.

  • Kosher meals are available upon request. Please see a Dining Manager to make this request. These are packaged meals, made at Cornell’s Kosher dining facility.
  • If you have special dietary needs, you must contact Student Disability Services at (607)254-4545 so our chefs can make accommodations for you.  We also ask that you meet with a dining manager when you arrive on campus.
  • While our dining rooms are comfortable and informal, shoes and shirts are required.

Lost Cornell Student ID Cards & Keys
Lost Cornell Student ID cards and keys used to access the residence halls must be reported immediately to the RPCC Service Center. The Service Center will issue you a temporary access card and loaner keys. You will be charged $15 if you do not return these within three days to the Service Center. If you do not find your Cornell Student ID card within three days, go to the University Registrar’s office at 245 Day Hall. There is a $40 fee for a new card. All remaining meals and electronic card access to your building will automatically be transferred to the new card. You will also be charged $104+ $9.50 for each additional key per resident in the room to have your keys replaced and the locks changed.  

Note: please do not punch a hole in your Cornell Student ID card or it will not be scannable in the dining rooms.

Questions? Need more information?

Cornell Conference & Event Services
206 Robert Purcell Community Center
Monday-Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm