Welcome to the Carl L. Becker House Website!  Becker House is one of five houses in Cornell’s West Campus Housing System. Named for distinguished professor of American and European history, Carl Lotus Becker, the House brings the mission of “learning where you live” alive for about 380 sophomores, juniors and seniors for whom Becker is their Cornell home. At Becker we build community around a weekly House Dinner, and through initiatives that include informal conversations with visiting speakers (Becker Café), opportunities for community service (CUBS), and a number of other programs hosted by faculty, Becker House Council and Active Citizen residents, and by our wonderful live-in Graduate and student staff.  Explore the website to learn more about life at Becker and what it takes to become a member of our community!


Lori Leonard
House Professor-Dean, Becker House
Professor, Department of Global Development
Chair, Department of Global Development

A Brief History of West Campus

Presented to the Cornell Class of 1966 on April 29, 2021, "COVID and Beyond: Residential Living Learning Communities Under (and After?) the Lockdown" the following video shows a brief history of the West Campus House System. Voiceover by Thomas Cressy.

Watch the video here