Choosing Your Room for the Academic YearThis information is for current Cornell students only. If you are an incoming new or transfer student, you will complete your housing preference form as a part of your admissions process to the College. The form asks for certain lifestyle preferences you have (when you go to bed, if you keep your room neat, if you smoke, etc.). We use that information to help us place you in a building and with a roommate that best meets those preferences. You can contact your admission counselor if you have any questions.
About room selection
Every student is required to go through some form of room selection (even those interested in living off campus or commuting from home). To help any of you who may be interested in exploring several housing options, we have intentionally spaced the various parts of the process throughout all of second semester. We encourage you to watch your e-mail and this website for updates, timelines, expectations, etc.
Each year the Dean of Students allows a portion of the senior class to live off campus through participation in a lottery. Students interested in living off campus for 2012-2013 should refer to the off-campus lottery information. Students who meet one or more of the College's off-campus housing criteria should refer to the information about off-campus housing.
Living and Learning Communities
Students interested in applying for a Living and Learning Community charter should attend an informational session. Refer to the living learning communities information for details.
Apartments and suites
Students should refer to the information on suites and apartments for details on living in Russell Hall, New Hall, 10th Avenue Apartments or Wilch Apartments.
Students should refer to information the Sleep Inn for details on living there.
All other housing options
For singles, doubles, triples and quads in all other buildings, refer to the information on general room draw.
Gender neutral housing
Residence Life recognizes that traditional housing options do not meet all students' needs, in particular regarding a student's gender identity or gender expression. Learn more about gender neutral housing options.
Students gone part or all of fall semester
- Students on trips Blocks 1 and 2 will be allowed to participate in Room Selection (students choosing a room will be responsible for room charges even if they have not moved in).
- Students on trips the entire first semester should not participate in any Room Selection activities. They will be assigned housing prior to their second semester return.
Intent to withdraw
Students who do not intend to return to Cornell College next fall are not eligible to participate in any room selection activities (including resident assistant selection, Living & Learning selection and suites and apartments lotteries). Students intending to withdraw must contact the Dean of Students Office no later than WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20. Students who notify the Deans Office by the deadline will be eligible for a refund of their enrollment deposit (less any charges owed the College). Students may contact the Dean of Students Office at (319) 895-4234 or e-mail us.