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Cornell University

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

RA applications for spring 2022 and academic-year 2022-2023 are now closed. We received hundreds of applications for a limited number of positions, and we do not anticipate reopening the application since our hiring process concludes in February. Please check back here in mid-October for information about spring 2023 and 2023-2024 applications, info sessions, timelines, and more. Please email if you have further questions.