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Undergraduate Student Life

Resident Adviser

The Office of Residential Programs 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.


You are required to view the online PowerPoint presentation in order to apply to be considered for a Resident Adviser position. You cannot apply to become a RA without viewing this PowerPoint and register as having viewed the PowerPoint.

The Process

The Resident Adviser recruitment and selection is divided into two processes, a mini-selection process and the regular selection process.  Only applicants who observe the Sabbath, student athletes with scheduled games on Saturday, January 24, 2015, and those studying abroad for the spring 2015 semester may go through the mini-selection process on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  All other applicants will participate in the regular selection process interview times scheduled for Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.


If you have questions about the RA position or application process, please contact Scott Helfrich, Associate Director of Residential Programs, by calling 212-854-7897.

Residential Life


515 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: (212) 854-6805

Fax: (212) 854-6815

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