The entirety of Cornell’s campus is listed on the National Historic Register, which translates into beautiful trees and old brick buildings full of character. From College Hall, which was built by students, faculty, and community members, to Old Sem, with a fire escape to a non-existent fourth floor, many of the buildings at Cornell have interesting quirks. But historic charm on the outside doesn’t mean outdated interiors. Many of the academic and administrative buildings have been updated, boasting clean, modern finishes and smart classrooms. Science facilities include a cadaver lab and a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, while Kimmel Theater features the latest in production technology. Two of the residence halls were built within the last five years and offer suite-style living. Two others have been recently remodeled, but the rest are all in need of a facelift.
Plans are in the works for a much-needed renovation and expansion of The Commons, the student center which houses the dining hall, student mail services, classrooms, meeting spaces, and a workout center. The Small Multi-Sport Center features a newly remodeled wrestling center and refinished indoor track. Cole Library serves both Cornell’s campus and the Mount Vernon community, so the shelves are stocked with a wide variety of both academic and fiction books. Computer labs, an academic media lab, and writing studio (in addition to an Inter-Library Loan program) provide further support for students. Though Cornell doesn’t offer entertainment in the way of a movie theater or bowling alley, both are available in town, just a few blocks away.