To aid students in their planning process the Residence Life Office posts important dates for the current and upcoming academic year. Please refer to the dates below when making travel arrangements to and from Cornell. Students are not permitted in their residence hall room before the time indicated and must vacate their residence hall room by 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.

Please note the information found on the corresponding links are for the current academic year and are available for reference only.  Links pertaining to fall semester dates will be updated over winter break and links pertaining to spring semester dates will be updated over the summer to reflect information for the following academic year.



2018 - 2019

2019 - 2020

Residence halls open for new students


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Residence halls open for transfer students


Friday, August 24, 2018

Friday, August 23, 2019

Residence halls open for returning students


Saturday, August 25, 2018

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Last day to change meal plans for fall semester


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Fall break begins (residence halls remain open)


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Resident Assistant selection begins 3:30p.m. Monday, December 10, 2018 Monday, December 9, 2019

Living & Learning Community application process begins*


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Residence halls close for winter break


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Residence halls re-open for all students for spring semester


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Last day to change meal plans for spring semester


Thursday, January 17, 2019

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Off-Campus lottery begins*


Monday, January 21, 2019

Monday, January 20, 2020

Spring break begins (residence halls remain open)


Thursday, March 7, 2019

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Room Selection Information Table* 11:00a.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Wednesday, March 18, 2020
8:00a.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Tuesday, March 17, 2020
8:00a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2019 Thursday, March 19, 2020
General housing selection numbers draw* 8:00a.m. & 11:00a.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Singles, triples and quads selection* 7:00p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Doubles selection* 6:30p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2019 Thursday, April 2, 2020
Late room draw* 8:30p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2019 Thursday, April 2, 2020

Residence halls close for non-graduating students


Thursday, May 9, 2019

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Residence halls open for full summer housing students


Friday, May 10, 2019

Friday, May 8, 2020

Residence halls close for all graduating students


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Residence halls open for ten-week summer students


Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Residence halls close for ten-week summer students


Saturday, July 27, 2019

Saturday, July 10, 2020

Full summer students transition to fall housing assignments


Friday, August 2, 2019

Friday, August 7, 2020

*Note: These are housing selection dates for currently enrolled students. Additional information is available on the associated links.  Prospective students and incoming first-year or transfer students should refer to our fall opening webpage for information about your housing process.