As a liberal arts college committed to the concept of a residential community, Cornell College endeavors to develop a climate in its residence halls where students grow and mature to the full extent of their abilities. Living and interacting with students from diverse backgrounds and cultures provides residents with a challenging opportunity to learn about new lifestyles and philosophies. Residence halls are more than a place to sleep—they provide opportunities for personal growth.

The residence life program capitalizes on the many diverse influences in residence halls and channels these influences toward positive learning experiences. Programs and activities are planned and structured for students to develop deeper self-awareness and self-sufficiency and to improve their acceptance, cooperation and understanding of others.

Residence hall living can help students to:

  • develop leadership skills through participation in hall government and activities;
  • learn responsibilities which accompany freedom of action, group living, and membership in the College community;
  • develop self-awareness and self-discipline;
  • broaden academic interests;
  • improve study skills and habits;
  • clarify and evaluate reasons for being in college;
  • learn to respect, accept and be sensitive to others, especially those of different races, religions, cultures and sexual orientation;
  • enjoy and value relationships and friendships with those unlike themselves;
  • learn respect for the rights and property of others; and
  • improve communication and cooperation with others.