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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 2019-2020 academic year, complete the Program House application beginning October 1, 2018. This year, the Program Houses are offering an early decision deadline of November 20, and will be informing applicants by the end of the fall semester whether they were selected or will move to the regular decision process. The deadline for applying for the regular process is February 1, 2019.

Located on north campus, Program Houses are open to first-year, transfer, and upperlevel students. EXCEPTION: Language House is a part of the West Campus House System on west campus, and is only open to upperlevel students.

  • 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)

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 or 607-255-5368.

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