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Undergraduate Student Life

Resident Adviser

Residential Life employs 145 students as Resident Advisers (RAs). Among the entire population of 5,500 undergraduate students, our RAs 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. RAs are creative and energetic students who are strong team players and great listeners.


RA applicants must be:

  • Current, full-time first-year, sophomores, or juniors;
  • Current CC or SEAS students;
  • Guaranteed undergraduate housing;
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5; and
  • In good behavioral standing.
  • Not found responsible for violations of the Gender-Based Misconduct Policy. 


October 19: Applications for the 2016-17 academic year RA positions will be available.

November: MANDATORY information sessions will be held throughout campus for students who are not participating in the RA Seminars.

Friday, November 20th from 2pm-3pm- Broadway 14th Floor West Lounge
Friday, November 20th from 4pm-5pm- Broadway 14th Floor West Lounge
Saturday, November 21st from 12pm-1pm- McBain 1st Floor Lounge
Sunday, November 22nd from 10am-11am- Broadway 14th Floor West Lounge
Sunday, November 22nd from 2pm-3pm- Broadway 14th Floor East Lounge
Monday, November 23rd from 5pm-6pm- McBain 1st Floor Lounge
Monday, November 23rd from 5pm-6pm- Shapiro Sky Lounge
Tuesday, November 24th from 5pm-6pm- Broadway 14th Floor Lounge

December 1st at 11:59pm: All RA applications are due. 

December 8-9: Individual interviews are held. 

December 11: Mini-selection process is held for students who are unable to attend the regular selection process. These students include those who will be studying abroad for Spring 2016; athletes with scheduled games on Sunday, January 24th between 9:00am and 2:00pm; and religious exemptions. 

January 22: Additional date for individual interviews to be held. 

January 24: Regular RA Selection Process.

January 26: Status notifications are sent to candidates. 

February 1: Final candidate fair. 

February 11: Final status notifications are sent to candidates. 


Selection Seminar- CLOSED

Prior to the selection process, Residential Life will be hosting an optional four-week long seminar that will prepare students for the selection process. The seminar will run from the end of October until the Thanksgiving Break. 

Successful completion of the seminar will result in a notation being applied to their RA Application that will increase their prospect of being hired. 

October 8: Sign ups for the seminar have been CLOSED.

October 19: Confirmation of seminar assignments will be sent out to candidates. 

October 21-28: Seminar One

November 4-10: Seminar Two

November 11-17: Seminar Three

November 18-24: Seminar Four



If you have questions about the RA position, please contact Aaron Hukari, Residence Hall Director of Residential Life, by email at or by calling 212-854-5525.

Residential Life


515 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: (212) 854-6805

Fax: (212) 854-6815

Office Hours

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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