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Community Centers & Student Centers

Yes, there is life at Cornell beyond the classroom, library, or lab … and you'll find it thriving in the university's diverse student centers!

Cornell's five Community Centers and the Willard Straight Hall Student Union are hubs of activity on campus – go-to places to meet people, get a bite to eat, experience Cornell's thriving social scene, or find a place to study or work out.

At the heart of the first-year experience for undergraduate students is the Carol Tatkon Center, an intellectual, support, and resource center that offers programs and services to ease the transition to Cornell and inspire new students.

The Big Red Barn is Cornell's on-campus social center for graduate and professional students. In addition to being a Cornell Dining eatery, the Big Red Barn is a great place to attend social events, meet up with friends, and study.

The Cornell Center for Intercultural Dialogue promotes programs that support and bring together Cornell's diverse student community, including those from Cornell's themed Program Houses, and diversity- and social justice-related student organizations across campus.


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