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Resident Advisor Positions

Spring 2019 and Academic-Year 2019-20 Resident Advisor applications will be posted at RA Student Staff Selection on Monday, October 8, 2018.

Resident Advisors (RAs) live in the undergraduate residence halls on campus and act as community leaders and peer educators, encouraging residents to respect one another and get involved with floor, hall and area activities, and providing information about campus resources.

Please scroll down for information about the application process.

What is a Resident Advisor (RA)?

RAs at Cornell have many different roles. Some of the roles include (but are not limited to)…

  • Peer Counselors
  • Community Builders
  • Academic Resource People 
  • Programmers
  • Crisis Managers
  • Administrators

RAs spend a significant amount of time getting to know residents as individuals and generating enthusiasm as they bring students together to create floor and hall communities.

RAs are responsible for other students, which means that a successful staff member must be sensitive to the needs of many different people. Recognizing differences takes sensitivity, understanding, self-confidence and strength of character.

As residence hall community leaders, RAs encourage residents to respect one another, get involved with floor, hall and area activities, and provide information about campus resources.

Finally, RAs are expected to be strong team players as members of a residence hall staff and Residential and New Student Programs. They are expected to display a commitment to the development of an effective hall staff.

How to apply for the 2019-2020 academic year

Interested candidates are highly encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about the RA position. View the RA Info Session dates and locations as well as access the online application (available Monday, October 8, 2018 at 8:00am) through this link: 

> RA Info Session dates and locations

Applications for Spring 2019 and for Academic Year 2019-2020 are due at 11:59pm on November 11, 2018.

Any questions or issues, email for assistance. 


Interview Process

Selected applicants will be asked to participate in a group 'carousel' interview session on December 5 (for Spring 2019 applicants and applicants who will not be on campus in the Spring), January 21 (not available to candidates going through Greek recruitment), or February 2. Please note that not all applicants will be asked to interview.

If you want a position that provides great professional experiences and opportunities, relationship building and peer leadership all while working in a diverse community, then you should apply to be a Resident Advisor!



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