Cornell Hall is located south of the Reynolds Alumni and Visitor Center on the MU campus. The neo-Georgian appearance of the building complements the alumni center and Hulston Hall on the South Quadrangle and nearby Jesse Hall. The landscape space between Cornell Hall and the alumni center allows for future expansion and the potential linkage of both buildings. The site slopes nearly a full story from north to south, resulting in both the first and second floors having grade access. The main entrance is on the northeast, facing the South Quadrangle. The building has a secondary entrance at the corner of Rollins Street and Maryland Avenue.
Cornell Hall includes 17 classrooms, three computer labs, an executive classroom, a distance learning classroom, a 500-seat auditorium, a 125-seat lecture hall, two reception/multi-purpose rooms and 8 small breakout rooms as well as offices for faculty, staff, graduate assistants, academic and support units, and research and service agencies. It features state-of-the-art technologies, including network and database accessibility in all areas as well as two-way interactive video capabilities. Flexible teaching spaces, including classrooms and breakout rooms that facilitate class interaction, teamwork, research, and small-group activities, are emphasized throughout the building. Cornell Hall contains approximately 150,000 square feet, including a naturally lit atrium. The design also provides plaza space for outdoor activities at the auditorium entrance and at the main entrance.
Our signature building, the 150,000 sq. ft. Cornell Hall, has 17 classrooms, an auditorium, a lecture hall, breakout rooms, and wall-to-wall WiFi.
The cost to construct and equip Cornell Hall was $28,050,000. Funding came from three sources: $17,127,000 from the State of Missouri, $745,000 from MU, and $10,178,000 from private supporters of the college. In addition, the college raised another approximate $1 million from private sources to create an endowment for the building, with the annual proceeds used to assure that it is maintained and refurbished as necessary.
Cornell Hall is named for Harry M. Cornell, Jr., and his spouse Ann. Mr. Cornell is chairman emeritus of Leggett & Platt, Incorporated, a Fortune 500 company head quartered in Carthage, Missouri. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from MU in 1950, and became president and CEO of Leggett & Platt in 1960. Ann Cornell is involved in interior design and decorating. Mr. and Mrs. Cornell, in conjunction with Leggett & Platt, made a $3 million gift to the college during its Excellence through Change capital campaign. In 2006, the Cornells made an additional gift to the college of $4 million, part of which will fund enhancements to Cornell Hall. The remainder of the gift established the Harry and Ann Cornell Leadership program.
During the Fall and Spring semesters:
Monday through Thursday 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 6:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday through Sunday - closed
During breaks the building hours are:
Monday through Friday 6:30 am - 5:30 pm