Student Life

Getting Involved

Finding balance, having fun, and being an active part of the community are important to the Cornell experience. Students organize and lead dozens of varied groups each year.


Student Residential Life

Making a Home

92% of students live on campus. And with a population that is mostly from beyond Iowa, most students stay on campus through the weekends. As a first-year student, you’ll share a floor with other first-years, forming an instant support group. And living on campus makes it easier for you to connect to academic and co-curricular opportunities on campus.

Thomas Commons


The Thomas Commons is the hub of campus activity. You’ll gather there daily to dine in the award-winning Hilltop Café, rated as the second best college dining hall in the country by in 2015. The Thomas Commons is also the place to socialize, exercise, organize events, enjoy late-night activities, explore volunteer and career opportunities, DJ for KRNL, and much more.

Student News