When you arrive on campus as a new Arts & Sciences student, you learn that you are one of the 15,043 undergrads here, that there are 1,684 faculty ready to lead your classes and that you can choose from 40 majors, 59 minors and almost 4,000 classes. But what you have to discover over time, for yourself, are all of the places on campus where you can do this work — places to eat, study, relax, meet with your friends or study partners or places to just enjoy the beauty of Ithaca. Here we're sharing some of the spots that are the hub of student academic life.
The Arts Quad
When the weather is nice, students can be found spending their entire days lounging in hammocks on the Arts Quad and the slope, to study and hang out with friends. Cornellians take advantage of any sunshine!
Temple of Zeus
Temple of Zeus is the cafe hub of the Arts Quad. As the transition location between Goldwin Smith and Klarman halls, it’s sometimes competition for students to be able to find a free table. Their coffee is acclaimed to be the best on campus, and their sandwiches and soups are famous as well.
The Green Dragon Cafe
Green Dragon is a hidden underground cafe beneath Sibley Hall. It is a vibrant hang-out and study spot with dark ambient lighting and unique interior design. Art and architecture students are commonly found here because Sibley is one of their buildings, and there’s always funky hip-hop and R&B music playing.
The A.D White Library
Libe Cafe, located just inside the entrance of Olin Library, is always bustling, even at 1 a.m.. This cafe is a popular collaboration spot for many students who grab a cup of Starbucks and sit down to work and talk to friends.
Fine Arts Library
Mann Library is at the back of the CALS Quad, so many A&S students don’t venture here until late into their freshman year. Mann is known for their “airport lounge” look, with comfortable chairs and unique extending tables.
Manndible Cafe, located right outside of Mann Library in the atrium, is incredibly popular for its breakfast foods. From egg scramble wraps to avocado toast and fresh sandwiches, all ingredients are sourced locally. You can even eat right outside!