Opening and closing dates for 2016-2017

Please refer to the following dates when making travel arrangements to and from Cornell. Students must vacate their residence hall room at the time indicated. No exceptions are allowed. Students who find it necessary to arrive earlier or depart later are expected to make alternative off-campus arrangements.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

8:30 a.m.

Residence halls open for new and transfer students

Saturday, September 3, 2016

9 a.m.

Residence halls open for returning students

Friday, September 16, 2016

4:30 p.m.

Last day to change meal plans for fall semester*

Thursday, December 22, 2016

11 a.m.

Residence halls close for winter break

Sunday, January 15, 2017

9 a.m.

Residence halls open

Friday, January 20, 2017

4:30 p.m.

Last day to change meal plans for spring semester*

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Spring break begins (residence halls remain open)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

11 a.m.

Residence halls close for non-graduating students

Sunday, May 14, 2017

6 p.m.

Residence halls close for all graduating students

*Note: these are meal plan dates and not directly related to residence hall opening and closing, but students should still note those dates and choose or change their meal plan accordingly.


***The following information is for the 2016-2017 academic year and is for reference purposes only.  It will be updated early in second semester for the 2017-2018 academic year.***

Room selection dates for the 2016-2017 academic year

The following are the dates for the Room Selection process beginning in January 2016 for housing in the 2016-2017 school year. This information only applies to current students. New or transfer students looking to attend Cornell College in the fall should complete the housing preference form for new students (provided by their admission counselor).

Room Selection Information Sessions

  • Thursday, March 17, 2016; 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Shaw Conference Room, The Thomas Commons

  • Monday, March 21, 2016; 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Shaw Conference Room, The Thomas Commons

Living & Learning Communities

  • Information Session: Friday, February 12 at 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in Shaw, Thomas Commons
  • Proposal Due: Tuesday, February 24th by 11:59 p.m. emailed to Daniel Chou (dchou@cornellcollege.edu)
  • Notification: Tuesday, March 1 at 9 a.m. via e-mail

Off-Campus Housing Lottery for Rising Seniors

  • Lottery: January 18 - January 20, 2016 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Residence Life Office

  • Notification: January 22, 2016 via e-mail

Wilch Apartments Lottery

  • LOTTERY: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Residence Life Office

  • NOTIFICATION: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 via e-mail

Russell Hall Suites, Smith Hall Suites and 10th Avenue Apartments Lottery

  • LOTTERY: Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Shaw Lounge (Thomas Commons)

  • NOTIFICATION: Friday, March 18, 2016 via e-mail

Numbers Draw

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. on the OC (Thomas Commons)

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the OC (Thomas Commons)

Room Selection for Singles, Triples and Quads

  • Tuesday, March 29, 2016 starting at 7 p.m. in Hall Perrine (Thomas Commons)

Room Selection for Doubles

  • Thursday, March 31, 2016 starting at 6:30 p.m. in Hall Perrine (Thomas Commons)

Late Room Draw

  • Thursday, March 31, 2016 starting at approximately 8:30 p.m. in Hall Perrine (Thomas Commons)