Host Family Form

Established by the Cornell Student Assembly's City and Local Affairs Committee, Home Plate is a program that strives to bridge the Cornell and Ithaca communities through regular dinners between small groups of Cornell students and Ithaca residents.

Home Plate was inspired by a program at Washington University in St. Louis. Students at Washington University greatly appreciate the opportunity to leave campus, enjoy a home cooked meal, and embrace a new family as almost their own in the surrounding community. Participating families in the program love to have engaging and delightful young students in their house for an informal dinner. We believe it's a win-win for everyone involved and a phenomenal way to build better connections and relationships between the City of Ithaca and Cornell University.

By signing up for this program, you are agreeing to host the same group of Cornell students at your place of residence in Ithaca three to four times over the academic year. Depending on your preferences, you can choose to host a small, medium, or large group of students and whether or not you are interested in co-hosting the dinner with your neighbors. The first dinner of the year will be scheduled for a set date and time in the fall. After the first dinner, you and your students can schedule your future dinners amongst yourselves.

We cannot thank you enough for being a part of this exciting program!

If you would like to sign up for this program please complete the registration form.

If you have any questions, please contact Matt Steffanetta at