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The Wardrobe - 2016

Raised toward our $15,000 Goal
134 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on December 01, at 12:00 AM EST
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The Wardrobe - 2016

The Wardrobe aims to provide free professional apparel to students on Cornell’s campus so that students of all economic backgrounds have an equal opportunity to develop their interests. The Wardrobe will grow to feature suits, shirts, skirts, ties, shoes, and more to allow all Cornellians to feel confident in professional settings. 

Students attending professional presentation

The Problem

The majority of student organization interviews and corporate events on Cornell’s campus require professional attire, which is often an expense that low-income students are unable to pay. Additionally, students on Cornell’s campus are often barred from going on interviews for certain jobs because they lack the clothing they need to succeed. It is estimated that roughly 50% of undergraduate students at Cornell receive some form of financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition, meaning that they have little disposable income to spend on items like professional clothing. 

Student in professional attire next to Cornell shield

The Solution

The Wardrobe will launch its pilot program in the spring semester of 2017. Students in need will be able to rent smaller items like ties, belts, and shoes, while suits will be given out on a permanent basis so that they can be individually tailored.  

Your gift will allow us to build the inventory we need so all students have equal opportunities to benefit from Cornell's extraordinary education.

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Help a Cornell student accessorize to the fullest with the perfect tie or bracelet.


Smart Casual

Provide a pair of dress pants to help a student look sharp at their next interview.


Business Casual

Buy a dress shirt to help a Cornell student impress at a company information session.


Business Formal

Give a Cornellian a suit so they can ace the interview and get the job of their dreams.



Donate everything a student needs to succeed, from shoelace to cufflink.


Black Tie Optional

Make two Cornellians look so good that they each get the job as soon as they walk in for their interviews.


Black Tie Required

Give four Cornell students the attire they'll wear to their first important business meeting.


White Tie

Buy 20 Cornell students the outfits they'll wear to receive their Nobel Prizes.