Welcome to Cornell and the Balch Hall community! Because everyone in our community is a first-year student, a foundation is present for creating a supportive environment where students can succeed and build life-long friendships. On this website, you will find a variety of resources, information about the Balch Hall community, and ways to get involved. When Balch Hall opened in September 1929, it became the third female residential college at Cornell after Sage College and Risley Hall. Today, Balch Hall continues to be a first-year women's residence hall, and houses almost one third of first-year women on campus.