Resident Advisor


Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will open on October 11, 2017 and a link will be posted here at that time


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

[Updated informational PowerPoint will be posted here by mid-October]


Come back to this sidebar in mid-October for featured RAs telling you about their favorite parts of the job and their tips for interviewing!

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