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Welcome to Cornell!  Over the course of your first year living on campus, you will have opportunities to connect with a diverse group of students and experience programs and events that help connect you to the college.  Whether participating in a service project, attending a campus event, exploring career interests or attending a diversity training workshop, you will gain a better understanding of what it means to be a student, a Cornellian and a global citizen.

Why Themed Living Communities?

As you consider your housing options for the fall, Residence Life encourages you to look into one of the Themed Living Communities (TLC).  Themed Living Communities offer a unique environment for first-year students.  Students selected to live in a Themed Living Community will benefit from building close relationships with a group of students who share a common interest.  Students will also have opportunities to live, learn and grow through active participation in programs and events based on a thematic approach.  Whether you're an expert in the field or have a desire to learn and engage more around that topic, we would love for you to apply.

Current Communities

The following communities have been approved for the upcoming academic year:

Community Connections

Community Connections is located on the 3rd floor of Tarr Hall, a mixed-gender community open to all genders.  Students on this floor will utilize the Social Change Model, which provides context for recognizing individual roles in society, to intentionally serve their community or others through leadership.  Throughout the year, residents will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of service opportunities, build connections with campus and local communities, develop relationships with faculty and staff, establish comradery with other first-year students, and find their civic identity in a passionate environment.


Arts is located on the east side of 3rd floor in Pauley-Rorem Hall.  A mix-gender community, this floor is open to all genders.  The focus of the floor will be on students exploring the role of the arts on their academic career and how it defines their personal identities. Those involved in band, choir, theater, drawing, and photography to name a few may find like-minded floormates here.


Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is located on the east side of 3rd floor in Pauley-Rorem, a mixed-gender community open to all genders.  STEM is a community for first-year students interested in enrolling in a STEM major. (See list below) The goals of the STEM are to assist students in achieving academic and personal success by providing intentional programming and enhanced faculty involvement. Residents participate in a variety of academic, personal development, civic engagement, and career exploration programs intended to build a sense of community and increase understanding of STEM disciplines.  

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering 
  • Geology
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Physics