During summer 2019 the College will offer a limited number of on-campus housing spaces in Dows Hall. Dows features a large main floor kitchen, a television lounge, group study areas and fitness room.  Other amenities include air-conditioning, wi-fi, laundry, microwave nooks and updated bathroom spaces. Though we anticipate being able to house all students who are interested in living on campus for the summer, priority will be given in the following order:

  • Current Cornell students who are working for or doing on-campus internships with the College and current Cornell students who are doing research with a Cornell faculty member
  • Current Cornell students who are doing internships not through the College
  • Other current Cornell students
  • Spring 2019 Cornell graduates who are doing research with a Cornell faculty member

Rates and options in length of summer housing

Students can choose between two lengths of summer stay:

  • A full summer (15 weeks) agreement at $1050 per person in a double room: Students here all summer will stay in their current housing assignment through the afternoon of Friday, May 10 and then will transition into their summer housing assignment; students are expected to be out of their academic year housing assignment by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 12 (learn more about residence hall closing). Full summer students will move to their 2019-2020 academic year room on or around Friday, August 2. Residents who do not have a fall on-campus assignment will need to vacate summer housing at that time. The College reserves the right to amend these dates should the need arise.
  • A partial summer (8 weeks) agreement at $560 per person in a double room: This option is intended for students participating in summer research from Monday, May 20 through Friday, July 12.  Students here for 8 weeks are expected to move out of their current academic year housing assignment by 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 9 (learn more about residence hall closing). They may move into summer housing between Noon-8: 00 pm on Sunday, May 19, and will be expected to completely move out of their summer assignment by 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 13. 

Students should expect that an earlier check-in date and/or a later check-out date will not be available. If extenuating circumstances exist that the student believes would warrant an exception, or if the student is participating in research that does not align with the dates above, then the student should discuss that with the Office of Residence Life prior to applying for summer housing.

Students who do not move out within the appropriate timeframe will be assessed a $25.00 fine for failing to follow checkout procedures and an additional $25.00 fine for each hour past the deadline.

Application process

Students will need to complete a summer housing application (PDF). Applications will be accepted from Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 12 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Residence Life Office (first floor, Old Sem). Applications received by this deadline will receive priority in summer housing. After that date, any student requesting summer housing will be housed only if there is space available. Students can preference a roommate during the application process (note that no single occupancy rooms are available, and so all summer residents will have a roommate). Roommates must be on the same length of stay (that is, a student here the entire summer can only room with another student here all summer; a student here for 8 weeks can only room with another student here for 8 weeks). Students in summer housing are eligible for all-gender housing (space permitting) and forms must be submitted with the summer housing application (learn more about all-gender housing).

Billing process

Students will be expected to provide payment for summer housing in full by Friday, May 3 unless they complete a Financial Agreement through Student Accounts to establish a payment plan by that date. Students can download the Financial Agreement for 2019 Summer Housing (PDF) beginning on Friday, March 29; copies are also available in Old Sem in Residence Life and/or Business Services.

Summer residents who elect to stay the entire summer and are approved to return early in the fall and/or whose early arrival housing costs will be covered by a department or organization will receive a partial room refund at the conclusion of the summer. Students with questions about that refund should contact our office.

Students with additional questions about summer billing should contact the Student Accounts office.

Meal plans

The last meal for students on the meal plan is breakfast on Thursday, May 9. Meal plans for returning students begin in the fall with the lunch service on Saturday, August 24. The Hilltop Café will remain open through graduation weekend to accommodate graduating seniors and then close for the summer. It will reopen in mid-August to accommodate early arrivals. Summer residents' meal plans do not include graduation weekend or early arrival meals; however, summer residents may purchase a meal out of pocket at the door whenever the dining hall is open.


If they haven't already done so, summer residents should contact the Mail & Service Center to ensure that their mail continues to be delivered to their campus box.

R.A.M. (Rapid Alert Messaging) emergency system

Cornell College has established the R.A.M. (Rapid Alert Messaging) Emergency System to assist in campus-wide notification in events of safety concern. Refer to the R.A.M. Emergency System website for more information and to register. All students are encouraged to register for this service. Any student who is already registered for this service will continue to receive alerts over the summer.


All residence life and College policies remain in effect for students in summer housing. Refer to the Policies for Residential Students for a complete listing of those expectations.


Students who find themselves locked out of their room should first try to contact their roommate. If their roommate is not available, then they can call an RA or Campus Safety to let them in (but will be charged for this service). All money collected for lock-outs is used to enhance hall programming initiatives.


All students with a vehicle staying on campus over the summer must have their vehicle registered with Campus Safety. Visit Campus Safety's website to learn more about summer parking.

Fitness Center

The fitness center in the Thomas Commons will be available over the summer. Refer to the Information Desk website for hours.