Apply to live in Akwe:kon

Any student at Cornell can apply to live at Akwe:kon. Cornell requires all freshman to live on North Campus for their first year, and Akwe:kon is a great option. It's close to numerous amenities including: a bus stop right in front of the house; a 2-minute walk to the Robert Purcell Community Center; a 5-minute walk to Helen Newman Recreational Facility; and a 10-minute walk to central campus. Apply to become a part of this vibrant community as either a resident or an out-of-house member!

If you are interested in living in Akwe:kon please visit Cornell Housing and follow their instructions to start your application. When prompted, be sure to indicate living in Akwe:kon as your number one choice.

If you have any questions about this process please contact aiisp [at]

Apply to become an Out-of-House Member:

Akwe:kon offers out-of-house memberships for Cornell community members who want to participate in our activities and programs as non-residents. Learn more about what privileges come with this and email aiisp [at] to request the membership application.

Akwe:kon is a unique living experience

For 30 years Akwe:kon has been a "home away from home" for Cornell undergraduates. It was the first Indigenous-themed residential program house in the country. Beautifully designed with Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois) symbols throughout, Akwe:kon is a community that celebrates Indigenous cultures and students support one another.

Akwe:kon is more than a residence hall

"Akwe:kon has been a safe haven for me and has become a second home to most of us who reside within its walls. Being a part of Akwe:kon has allowed me to explore the beautiful and abundant cultures among my fellow peers. I have also come to realize that Akwe:kon is more than just a program house, it's a family."

– Laura Lagunez '16

Akwe:kon is a community

Students who live at Akwe:kon create their own stimulating community that complements Cornell's rich academic and social life. They advance multicultural learning and exchange across the campus through programs and events, and play key roles in house governance, serving on the Akwe:kon Ongwe House Council.

A pumpkin sits on a stone wall in front of the Akwe:kon program house.
Akwe:kon program house exterior
Residents and members of Akwe:kon pose for a group photo in the house.