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Resident Advisor Positions

The Resident Advisor application deadlines are Tuesday, November 22 at 5pm for Spring 2017, and Wednesday, December 14 at 5pm for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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 2017-2018 academic year

Interested candidates are highly encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about the RA position. (Positions are also available for spring 2017.) View the RA Info Session dates and locations as well as access the online application through this link: 

> RA Info Session dates and locations

Any questions or issues, e-mail for assistance. 


Interview Process

Applicants will be asked to participate in a group "carousel" interview session in January.

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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