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: Clarence

Community: The Tatkon Center for First-Year Students

Semesters as a Student Staff Member: 5 semesters

Favorite Part: My favorite part about working in the Center is that you really feel like all the things you do, no matter how small they might seem, can really make a difference in someone's day. It's rewarding to help others in the first-year community because it makes you more proactive and sociable while also building on your own confidence and skills.

Advice to Candidates: Be genuine and show that you're interested in helping others and getting involved! Here at Tatkon we are open to people from diverse backgrounds and we encourage you to be yourself and show your individual qualities. Working at Tatkon also means being selfless - the first-year community will look to you for inspiration and guidance! And lastly, put on a smile! It's what we're known for.

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