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Program Houses

Want to learn more about art, theatre, or music? Act on your concern for the preservation of our planet? Reaffirm or explore an ethnic or cultural identity? Program Houses – or themed residence halls – offer the chance to develop and immerse yourself in interests within an engaging community of residents and out-of-house members. These close-knit communities have a high level of involvement, with regular events, programming, and outreach opportunities, often in collaboration with related academic departments.

To apply to live in a Program House for the 2023-2024 academic year you just list the houses you're interested in as preferences when you complete the housing application. You'll be asked to acknowledge that you have reviewed and understand the program house mission. It's an easy process.

To learn more about each Program House, read the details on their websites, and their CampusGroups communities pages, listed below! (CampusGroups is the software platform Cornell uses for student organizations and community events.)

You will be asked to check a box to acknowledge that you have reviewed and understand the mission and expectations for each community to which you apply. You may apply to as many communities as you like. Each community has a separate selection process, so you may be accepted to multiple communities.

Remember that you can get involved in any community at any time by signing up to be an out-of-house member! You get all of the benefits as current residents, and it's a great way to learn about the communities and the people you may be living with next year.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 Office at or 607-255-5368.