The University explained that it was unable to offer transfer students housing on-campus because the incoming class of transfers was “unusually large,” so there was an “overwhelming demand” for housing.
The newly formed Committee on Transfer Affairs presented an extensive survey to the Student Assembly three weeks ago, detailing their findings that an overwhelming proportion of transfer students feel that their first-year living situation hindered their transition to Cornell. This survey is now being used as the backbone of the committee’s efforts to convince C.U. administration to reinstate an optional transfer program house.
Before the West Campus initiative was completed in 2006, transfer students had the option of living in the Transfer Center Program House in the Class of ’17 Hall. The survey, which was open to all transfer students, received 527 respondents, including many current seniors who experienced the transfer program house before it was dismantled.