Residence Life at Cornell

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There are 14,000 undergraduates at Cornell today. The male/female ratio is nearly equal and 40% are students of color (African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American). One third hail from New York State, an additional 25% from the New England and Mid-Atlantic states, 10% from the Far West, and 15% are International. The cost to attend Cornell has soared to nearly $50,000 per year in the endowed colleges; consequently two-thirds of all undergraduates receive financial aid.

Since the fall of 2001, all freshmen have been housed together on North Campus, some in new residence halls constructed on the former athletic fields in front of Helen Newman Hall. Others live in a variety of program houses -- International Living Center, Ujamma, Latino Living Center, Akwe:kon, Just About Music, Risley, or Ecology House that allow freshman and upper classmen to simultaneously live and learn together through programs designed around a specific theme. Meanwhile the U-Halls on West Campus have been demolished over the past few years and are now replaced by five brand new residential houses named after Cornell's greatest scholars. These houses provide not only state-of-the-art living facilities for upperclassmen, but a complete living/learning environment via educational, cultural, and social programs orchestrated by house deans, graduate residential assistants, faculty and staff house fellows, and internationally acclaimed visitors who spend a day or a week in-residence with students.

Cornell's Greek System remains one of the largest and strongest in the country with 39 fraternities in the Interfraternity Council, 12 sororities in the Panhellenic Association, and 15 fraternities and sororities in the Multicultural Greek Letter Council. Fraternities and sororities do remain an important part of the Cornell undergraduate experience with 30% of today's students involved in Greek life while 1,500 students reside in the Greek system. Cornell's Office of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs (OFSA) supports the personal growth, learning, health, and safety of Greek members by providing them with opportunities for leadership, self-governance, and service. Over the past few years, OFSA has been working with Greek leaders to pilot and expand the Creating Chapters of Excellence (CCE) program. We are pleased that Theta Delta Chi has become one of the 17 chapters participating in CCE. This program continues to raise the standards of fraternity and sorority performance, operations, philanthropy, leadership enrichment, cultural programming, and alumni engagement.

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