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Program Houses

Communities for first-year, transfer, and upperlevel undergraduate students

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 2020-2021 academic year, complete the Program House application within the Housing Portal beginning October 1, 2019 to live in: 

  • Akwe:kon – the nation's first university residence established to celebrate American Indian culture and heritage
     
  • Ecology House – focused on environmentally sustainable practices and educational outreach, plus outdoor activities like hiking and camping trips
     
  • Equity & Engagement Living-Learning Community - fosters engagement in cultural exploration, identity development, and social justice education through a variety of programs, discussions, and training opportunities (open to upperlevel students only)
     
  • Holland International Living center (HILC) – a diverse community of both international students and American students interested in cross-cultural experiences and learning
     
  • Just About Music (JAM) – a music-lover's dream home with a concert stage, a recording studio, classical practice rooms, and countless performance and listening opportunities
     
  • Latino Living Center (LLC) – celebrating Latino heritage and culture, with regular collaboration with the Latino Studies Program to organize events and discussion series
     
  • Loving House - An LGBTQ+ living spaced located within Mews Hall that is inclusive to all intersections of identity and embraces honest and frank dialogue to develop engaged community members and leaders
     
  • Multicultural Living Learning Unit (McLLU) – a global community of backgrounds and ethnicities, all committed to celebrating difference and promoting acceptance
     
  • Risley Residential College – a supportive environment for creating, performing, and exploring artistic expression, whether your interest is dance, music, theatre, or visual arts
     
  • Ujamaa Residential College – celebrating the rich and diverse cultures of the African Diaspora
     
  • Language House – Cornell's language immersion residence, a part of Alice Cook House in the West Campus House System (open to upperlevel students only)

You will be asked to answer brief essay questions 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.

This year, we are offering an early decision application deadline of Tuesday, November 20 @ 11:59pm. Applicants who submit their applications by this deadline will be given priority consideration in the selection process (but remember that each community has a separate selection process). Applicants who submit their application by the priority deadline will receive communication from the individual communities by the end of the fall semester as to whether they were selected at the priority deadline or will be moving to the regular decision process.

Applicants who apply by the regular decision deadline of Saturday, February 1 @ 11:59pm will be notified by Friday, February 21 @ 5pm as to whether they have been offered a spot in the communities to which they applied.

NOTE: This is NOT the same as signing a housing contract. You can change your mind about where you would like to live until you do sign a housing contract. The themed living community housing selection process will take place in late February (following co-op housing selection and prior to General Housing Selection).

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.

Stop by the Program House Takeover at RPCC on Wednesday, October 30 from 5-8pm!


Activities Fees:

Program House residents pay a nominal activities fee of $40-$100/year to help support the many programs that define and distinguish each house. Visit each each of the Program House's web pages (visit Housing Rates for activities fees).

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 housing@cornell.edu or 607-255-5368.

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