Big Red Barn
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.
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Office of Graduate Student Life
The Cornell University Graduate School is committed to the importance of student health and well-being as a foundation for academic and life success. In recognition that health and academic performance are intimately linked, the Office of Student Life at the Graduate School is a source of support and advocacy for Cornell graduate and professional students.
Help and Support
Graduate school is a fulfilling and rewarding experience, and sometimes challenging. It can be helpful to reach out to someone. In addition to talking with your already established networks (i.e. your friends, family, or mentors), other Cornell individuals can provide valuable information and caring support.
Individuals are central to our notion of community, and it’s the collection of inspiring students, dedicated faculty, and caring administrators who make Cornell a community that is easy to call home. Click here for a comprehensive list of communities that our graduate students typically join, or click on specific communities below.
Student Life Programs
The Office of Graduate Student Life develops and coordinates student life programs and events that build and sustain a vibrant, supportive graduate and professional student community. This programming focuses on topics related to maintaining a healthy student life, including stress management, sense of community, life-academic balance, and support for students’ personal development.
The Cornell University Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GPSA) serves as an official voice for the around 6,000 graduate and professional students at Cornell. In addition to representing the students in matters of university governance, the GPSA has the responsibility for setting and administering the Student Activity Fee for graduate and professional students.