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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.

Selection Seminar

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 will be available. 

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


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

November: Information sessions will be held throughout campus. 

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. 

January 31: Final candidate fair. 

February 11: Final status notifications are sent to candidates. 


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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