Rose Scholars and Continued Occupancy
Participation in the Rose Scholars program is a guaranteed option of returning to Flora Rose House for the following academic year, contingent upon eligibility (see below for details).
All residents who want the option of returning to Rose House should apply to the Rose Scholars program. Participation in Rose Scholars is the only way to guarantee that you can return to Flora Rose House for the 2023-2024 academic year.
Participation does not obligate you to return to Rose House for the 2023-2024 academic year.
The priority application deadline is Thursday, August 25, 2022 at 9AM Eastern
Priority applicants will be notified on Friday, August 26, 2022.
Students who move into Rose House after the application deadline may be eligible to join the Rose Scholars program after August 26, 2022 if spaces are still available. Contact the Assistant Dean within two weeks of the beginning of your Housing contract start date for details.
About Flora Rose House
Flora Rose House is an academic and residential program for Cornell sophomores, juniors, and seniors that supports the intellectual and personal development of its residents. Flora Rose House seeks to create an inclusive and diverse student community that encourages intellectual inquiry and active citizenship and that promotes respect, understanding, and dialogue.
Why are participants in the Rose Scholars program offered a guaranteed housing option?
To fulfill the House’s living-learning mission, the House Professor and Assistant Dean want as many residents as possible to participate in the academic and civic programs. The guaranteed housing option helps the House retain residents who contribute to this mission and who can serve as positive examples to new, incoming residents.
Do I have to live in Flora Rose House next year if I become a Rose Scholar?
No, you are not obligated to return to Rose House next year. You have the option of continued occupancy. Whether you exercise that option is up to you. Students accepted into either program have until February 2023 to decide if they want to return for the 2023-2024 academic year.
Can I return to Flora Rose House next year if I don’t participate in the Rose Scholars program?
Participation in the Rose Scholars program is the only way to guarantee that you can return to Rose House next year.
Is there any way to secure a bed in Rose House if I do not participate in the Rose Scholars program?
Rooms in Rose House may be available during the General Housing Lottery. However, this is not guaranteed and, based on past experience, not likely. If you want to live on campus next year, participating in the Rose Scholars program is your best option.
What happens if I don’t complete the program requirements? Do I still get a guaranteed housing option?
Those enrolled in the Rose Scholars program who do not complete the class requirements will be given a grade of “unsatisfactory” on their transcript. However, because housing contracts are signed well before the end of the academic year, those contacts will remain in place.
What happens if I am accepted into the Rose Scholars program and then find that I don’t like it? Can I drop the class?
Students accepted into the program have until the Cornell University Registrar drop deadline (see the OUR registrar page for dates) to drop the class and end their participation without penalty. However, you must participate throughout both the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters in order to exercise the guaranteed housing option. The requirement to participate in the Spring 2023 semester is waived for registered students who study abroad or participate in Cornell in Washington or similar University programs during the Spring 2023 semester.
Who will oversee and administer the Rose Scholars Program?
House Professor and Dean Rosemary Avery and House Assistant Dean Jeff Godowski oversee the Rose Scholars program. The Graduate Resident Fellows (GRFs) and Undergraduate Resident Fellows (URFs) will assist them. The House Professor and Dean, Assistant Dean, and GRF/URFs all live in Flora Rose House. In addition to seeing them during program activities, you can expect to interact informally with them in the halls, dining room, etc.
Who can apply to be a Rose Scholar?
Only residents of Flora Rose House can apply to the Rose Scholars program. However, in order to take advantage of the guaranteed housing option (continued occupancy) for the following academic year that comes with participation in the programs, you must meet the Eligibility Requirements for Continued Occupancy listed below.
When will I know if I can return to Rose House next year?
You will know that you have the option to return to Rose House for the next academic year upon being accepted into the Rose Scholars program. Returning to Rose House is contingent upon meeting the Eligibility Requirements for Continued Occupancy (below) and proper completion of the Room Selection process.
As a Rose Scholar who plans to return next year, can I select my own room? Can I choose who my roommates will be?
You will be allowed to select your room from a number of available rooms during the Room Selection process in February 2023. You may select your roommates and/or suitemates, subject to certain restrictions. There is no “pulling-in” a roommate or suitemate; in other words, anyone who you select to share a room or suite with must be a participant in the Rose Scholars program and must meet the Eligibility Requirements for Continued Occupancy.
What if I sign a housing contract for 2023–24 and I am away from the university for the Fall 2022 semester (e.g., study abroad, engineering coop, leave of absence, etc.)?
Your 2023-24 housing contract will be terminated and you will need to reapply for housing when you return.
I will be studying away from campus (e.g., study abroad, Cornell in Washington) but will still be a registered student in Spring 2023. Can I still participate the Rose Scholars program and select a room in the room selection process?
Yes, provided that you meet the Eligibility Requirements for Continued Occupancy, you can have a proxy choose a room for you.
Eligibility Requirements for Continued Occupancy
To select and secure a room through the Rose Scholars program, you must meet ALL of the following requirements:
- You must be a Rose resident on February 1, 2023; OR, if you are studying abroad during the Spring 2023 semester, Rose was your last campus address in Fall 2022;
- You must be a full-time registered Cornell student when you sign your housing contract in February 2023; and
- You must plan to be a registered Cornell undergraduate student and to live in Rose in the Fall 2023 semester.