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Resident Advisor Positions

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. 

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 Housing & Residential Life. They are expected to display a commitment to the development of an effective hall staff.

How to apply

Applications for being a Resident Advisor (RA) during the Spring 2023 and/or 2023-2024 Academic Year are now open! Interested? Apply between now and Monday, November 14th, by 9 AM! The application is available here.

RA Information Sessions

  • Wednesday, October 12th, at 2 PM in the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hall Classroom
  • Wednesday, October 12th, at 7 PM in the Cascadilla Hall 1st Floor Lounge
  • Thursday, October 13th, at 7 PM in the Barbara McClintock Hall Lobby
  • Monday, October 17th, at 1 PM in the Court-Kay-Bauer Hall Kay Red Lounge
  • Tuesday, October 18th, at 5 PM in Mews Hall 1 West Lounge
  • Monday, October 24th, at 7 PM in the Akwe:kon The Great Room
  • Tuesday, October 25th, at 5 PM in Risley Hall (Theater)
  • Thursday, October 27th, at 5 PM via Zoom 
  • Friday, October 28th, at 10 AM in the Townhouse Community Center
  • Tuesday, November 1st, at 10 AM in the Toni Morrison Hall Multipurpose Room
  • Thursday, November 3rd, at 8 PM via Zoom