Cornell hosts a large fraternity and sorority system, with 70 chapters involving 33% of male and 24% of female undergraduates.Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter organization established for African Americans, was founded at Cornell in 1906.
Cornell's connection to national Greek life is strong and longstanding. Many chapters are among the oldest of their respective national organizations, as evidenced by the proliferation of Alpha-series chapters. The chapter house of Alpha Delta Phi constructed in 1877 is believed to be the first house built in America solely for fraternity use. Philanthropy opportunities are used to encourage community relations, for example, during the 2004–05 academic year, the Greek system contributed 21,668 community service and advocacy hours and raised $176,547 in charitable contributions from its philanthropic efforts. Generally, discipline is managed internally by the inter-Greek governing boards. As with all student, faculty or staff misconduct, more serious cases are reviewed by the Judicial Administrator, who administers Cornell's justice system.
You can find more information here: Greek chapters
Vegetarian or Vegan? Locavore or farm-to-table gourmand? Need the flexibility to eat kosher, halal, gluten-free, or avoid specific allergens? We've got more than 30 dining facilities that include a la carte and all-you-can-eat options, all across campus. You can keep it homey with House Dinners on West Campus or chat up Faculty Fellows as a first-year on North Campus.
You can stop by our vegetarian cafe or the kosher dining hall. Or you can take your taste buds for a special treat during one of our dining events, such as our Diwali dinner, or our annual sustainable food celebration, the Harvest Dinner.
You can find more information here: Meal plans
First-year undergraduates live with their classmates on North Campus. The Carol Takton Center serves as the hub of activity, Faculty Fellows seem to be around every corner, and residence hall advisors are never far away.
As an upper-level student, you can home in on the communities you've found and thrive in most. Move to West Campus, a fraternity or sorority, or a co-op. You can even stay on North Campus in a themed residence hall, or venture off-campus to the apartments and rental homes in Collegetown or the greater Ithaca area.
A graduate or professional student? We have family-friendly apartments, shared apartments, and cooperative housing options to help you strike the right balance between campus and home.
You can find more information here: Where to live
With over 1,000 student organizations on Cornell's campus, you can certainly find something to do, day or night! Our staff is here to assist you, whether you would like to find that perfect group to join or if you'd like to start a new organization.
Student organization registration is coordinated by the office of Student Leadership, Engagement & Campus Activities (SLECA). SLECA is located on the 5th floor of Willard Straight Hall, and staff members are available to work with student leaders to register their groups, assist with event planning, team building, or other issues related to their student organization. Though most information can be found on This website, students are welcome to stop by the SLECA office to learn more about student organizations, how to get involved, or how to start a new student organization.