Resident Advisor


Applications for academic year 2018-2019 are now closed. Click here for a list of RA Open House dates

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, be involved with wing/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 Resources 
  • 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.

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.

Check out the Calendar link on the left to see the calendar of all the RA Info Sessions! (All sessions will be the same and are not specific to the community where they are held.)

For a full job description of the Resident Advisor position, please foll this link: RA_Job_Description

Additional information regarding the Resident Advisor position can be found in our FAQs



Student Staff Spotlight!

Name: Amdiel

Community: Court-Kay-Bauer (CKB)

Semesters as a Student Staff Member: 5 semesters as an RA

Favorite Part: My favorite part of being an RA is interacting with the residents during the year and befriending them later. I have gone on to really get to know them on a deeper level after they have moved on and it is great seeing them grow into the person they have wanted to become. You really get to lead them to that path and it is great.

Advice to Candidates: Honesty is truly the best answer. There are all types of residents and people and the RA position is a chance to truly show who YOU are because it is helpful in advising residents. Show us what you're interested in, and don't harp on basic/common answers (but also don't just try to make up the most unique answer if it's not genuine).

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