Big Red Barn Graduate and Professional Student Center

The Big Red Barn Graduate and Professional Student Center (BRB), an old carriage house turned student center, is located in the heart of campus and surrounded by lawns and gardens. A central place for eating and relaxing, the Big Red Barn hosts more than 200 events per year, including the ever popular T.G.I.F. (Tell Grads It’s Friday), Trivia Night, and Speed Dating. Connect with the Big Red Barn on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on BRB events and community-related news. 

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Big Red Barn!

After 25 years as the Graduate & Professional Student Center, the Big Red Barn needs a lift. We need your support to help fund some small additions to the Barn, namely a wood pellet stove, a piano and a new bike rack. Go to our Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the BRB crowdfunding page make a donation now. Every donation (as little as $5.00) can make an impact and is greatly appreciated! 


The Big Red Barn was built in the 1870s as the carriage house for the home of Cornell’s first president, Andrew Dickson White. The Barn, one of the oldest structures on campus, was converted to a social center by Cornell alumni in the 1950s and underwent a complete renovation in 1991. Antiques and farm implements recollect the building’s past, while new additions remain faithful to its rustic atmosphere.


The spacious main portion of the building includes a stunning, but cozy, mezzanine. Tables and chairs cluster around a large grass pellet stove creating a warm setting for events. Upstairs mezzanine has lounge furniture for small group gatherings and leisurely study. The sunlit "greenhouse" has additional seating and access to the outdoor patio. It can be closed off for special functions.

In warm weather, a brick patio, barbeque pit, and outdoor tables surrounded by gardens are available. The facility is handicapped accessible.


The Big Red Barn is located behind the A.D. White House and next to Space Sciences.