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Multicultural Living Learning Unit (McLLU)

Student Population:
First-year, transfer, and upperlevel students
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  • McLLU

    Welcome to the world!

    Cornell University is proudly built on a framework of supporting ''a diverse and inclusive campus.'' The Multicultural Living Learning Unit, known as McLLU (pronounced McClue) celebrates this foundation by providing opportunities to recognize and value our cultural differences.

    McLLU, housed in Clara Dickson Hall, was founded in 1990 by a group of students who wanted to live in a community where they could learn from a culturally eclectic group of peers - a home where everyone would be welcome to share ideas, values, and experiences. This theme of open-mindedness has endured: residents continue to create an inclusive and socially just community that meets the diverse needs of a global student body.

    A critical part of the McLLU community is academic and social programming. Residents participate in several established McLLU programs including "Be with B," a monthly dinner and discussion with Professor Bekerie of Africana Studies; "Worldview," a biweekly program led by residents, Cornell faculty, and staff that presents individual life stories about activism, expression, and culture; and "Hot Topic," a biweekly program that encourages residents to debate and discuss controversial issues. The McLLU community also organizes occasional trips; recent destinations have been New York City and Washington D.C.

    Community features:

    • Open to first-year, transfer, and upperlevel students
    • 54 residents
    • Located in Dickson Hall on North Campus, near Robert Purcell Community Center and Appel Commons
    • Single and triple rooms arranged on a central hall
    • Two kitchens, a large programming space, a den, and a study lounge
    • Bedrooms contain, for each occupant: an extra-long twin bed, a closet and a bureau (or wardrobe/bureau combination), a desk and desk chair, a desk lamp, a wastebasket, and floor carpeting
    • Wireless Internet access

    McLLU rooms do not have air conditioning.

    Program fee:

    In addition to the room rate, McLLU residents pay a program fee of $40/year to support the many activities and events that define the community.

    How to apply for residency:

    Application instructions and links can be found at Application Process: New Undergraduate Students and Application Process: Current Undergraduate Students.

    Out-of-House Membership information:

    Program Houses offer out-of-house memberships for Cornell community members who want to participate as non-residents. Download an out-of-house member application here.

    Dining options:

    Click here for more information about all Cornell Dining meal plans.


    For more information about McLLU, call (607) 255-5306 or email

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