Getting Involved

Cornell's residence halls are more than places to sleep, and so there are a lot of opportunities to get involved.  From social events to paid employment, you're sure to find something that interests you.

Social opportunities

Resident assistants (RAs) and hall councils offer a variety of programs and activities for students to meet and interact.  Some of these are informal "skill-based" sessions (like how to do laundry or how to register for classes).  Others involve our campus partners, like encouraging residents to attend a Performing Arts & Activities Council event, getting residents of a floor or hall to to participate in the Intramural program or giving back to the community as residents participate in one of our many service programs.

Volunteer opportunities

If you're interested in joining organizations that plan programs and activities for the residence halls, that create policies, or that will help you gain experience with public speaking, budget management, or running a meeting, then we encourage you to look at what Residence Life offers.


National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
NRHH is a national honorary society that seeks to celebrate accomplishments of residential students. Learn more about NRHH.

Residence Halls Council (RHC)
The RHC allows students to shape their own residence hall experience while growing as leaders. Learn more about the residence hall council.

Unified Sports Day
Interact with Special Olympics of Iowa athletes for a day of unified activities. Learn more about Unified Sports Day.

Care 4 Cornell
Care 4 Cornell is a campus-wide initiative involving students and community members to beautify campus. Volunteer opportunities are available for all ability levels and schedules. Learn more about Care 4 Cornell.

Overnight Host for Prospective Students
Interested in hosting a prospective student overnight in your residence hall room? This is a great opportunity for a prospective student to check out Cornell's culture and to meet a variety of current students. A typical visit will begin early evening and then the student's schedule typically resumes early the next morning. Overnight hosts receive an incentive for their time. Please complete the Admission overnight host form if you are interested.

Employment opportunities

Our resident assistants and hall council advisors provide critical role-modeling and student assistance. These paid staff positions require serious commitment, but offer tremendous rewards for those ready to further develop as leaders.

Cornell Leadership Certificate Program

As you explore the various ways to get involved at Cornell, you'll learn that leadership is a process, not a position. To help you develop the skills needed to positively impact your community, we have established a leadership program. Learn more about the Cornell Leadership Certificate Program.