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Student Leadership Positions in Residential Life

At the heart of our mission is our dedicated team who strives to enhance the residential experience for Columbia students. Within Residential Life, Resident Advisers (RAs) and Senior Resident Advisers (SRAs) are the front line of a layered on-call resource system. RAs work in partnership with the Graduate Hall Directors (GHDs), Residence Hall Directors (RHDs), the Associate Directors (ADs), the Director and the Dean-on-Duty to provide a comprehensive network of support. The 6 GHDs and 14 professional staff members in Residential Life serve the undergraduate residential community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. All staff members are trained as generalists, focusing on active and empathic listening skills and the ability to connect to the emotion someone is experiencing.

Columbia students have the opportunity to make endless choices regarding their involvement within our community.  However students choose to pursue their passions and spend their time out of the classroom, we hope they will make it a priority to actively involve themselves in each residential community of which they are a member.

Who we are...

The paraprofessional staff of Residential Life includes 144 Resident Advisers (RAs) and 13 Senior Resident Advisers (SRAs). Among the entire population of 5,600 undergraduate students, our RAs and SRAs emerge as leaders within the Columbia community. RAs develop a healthy community by focusing on the growth and development of each individual on their hall and promote an environment conducive to the overall wellness needs of residents. SRAs are returning student staff members who use their experience to foster growth and development within their area staffs and support residential programming for their communities.

Who we want...

We want current first-years, sophomores, and/or juniors who would like to make a difference in the Columbia Community. We want students who are leaders or hope to be leaders by shaping our residence halls as vibrant, educational communities. We look for creative and energetic students who are strong team players and good listeners. We seek undergraduates open to gaining new skills - such as community development, conflict resolution, programming – through the experience of being an RA or SRA.

Why you want to be an RA or SRA...

  • Gain transferable skills and experiences for all types of careers
  • Develop problem-solving and effective time management skills and how to work within a larger team
  • Support transition for new students and foster relationships among upperclass students
  • Make a difference in campus life
  • Compensation consists of housing and a $600 stipend


  • Current CC or CE first-years, sophomores, or juniors
  • Have guaranteed housing
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be in good academic and behavioral standing


Residential Life


515 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-3612

Fax: 212-854-6815

Office Hours

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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