Balch Hall is a residence for first-year women. A four-story Gothic building that opened its doors in the 1920s, Balch is one of Cornell's most historic and unique residence halls, with ivy-covered stone walls, mullioned windows, and flagstone-bedded interior courtyards and gardens. It also retains other features that hint at its rich past: many rooms still have mirrored vanity tables, their own sinks, and wrought-iron closet racks where women stored their fancy hats.
Self-governance - long a tradition for Cornell women - is well established in Balch, with plenty of leadership opportunities. The student-driven Balch Hall Council arranges programs and events for the hall's residents, ranging from group outings to see plays or go apple picking to educational programs focused on women in the workplace, surviving academia at Cornell, sexuality and relationship development, and body image. You can also become a student leader in our very own Women's Center, a resource room housing a library, video, and DVD collection for your use.
Balch Hall rooms do not have air conditioning.
Paul Merrill, Senior Lecturer in the department of Music, is the Faculty-in-Residence for Balch Hall. He and his family make their home in the Faculty-in-Residence house across the street from Balch and regularly spend time with student members of the Balch community.
Senior Lecturer of Organizational & Management Behavior Susan Fleming, Associate Professor of Fiber Science and Apparel Design Margaret Frey, Astronomy Research Support Specialist George Gull, and Associate Dean of Students Renee Alexander serve as Balch Hall's Faculty Fellows.
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