RA Application Process

**IMPORTANT: This information was for RA selection for the 2014-2015 academic year and is here for reference purposes only. This will be updated again in the fall of 2014 for the 2015-2016 academic year.**

The following information details the process to apply for the resident assistant position,

Step 1: Review the RA job description, review the list of dates pertinent to the RA position and this interactive guide highlighting the experiences of current and former RAs to ensure that you understand the expectations of the position

Step 2: Attend each of the three specific required sessions (details listed below)

Step 3: E-mail your cover letter and résumé to Jill Hopper (JHopper) no later than February 3, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (suggested resources to help you with your résumé and cover letter are listed below)

Step 4: Complete an online form authorizing a check of grade point average and Cornell College conduct no later than February 3, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (Cornell username and password is required)

Step 5: Attend an individual interview early in February (details will be provided directly to applicants, but suggested resources to help you prepare are listed below)


Required Seminar #1 (information session)

All individuals interested in the RA position must attend one of the following information sessions. Sessions are offered at the following times:

  • Thursday, December 12 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Hedges in the Thomas Commons
  • Sunday, December 15 from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in Hedges in the Thomas Commons
  • Wednesday, December 18 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Hedges in the Thomas Commons
  • Tuesday, January 14 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Hedges in the Thomas Commons
  • Thursday, January 16 from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. in Hedges in the Thomas Commons

Required Seminar #2

All applicants for the RA position must attend one session of Required Seminar #2. Only those individuals who have attended one of the information sessions are eligible to attend Required Seminar #2. Sessions are offered at the following times:

  • Wednesday, January 22 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Hedges in the Thomas Commons
  • Thursday, January 23 from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. in Hedges in the Thomas Commons

Required Seminar #3

All applicants for the RA position must attend one session of Required Seminar #3. Only those individuals who have attended one of the information sessions and one of the Required Seminar #2 are eligible to attend Required Seminar #3. Sessions are offered at the following times:

  • Wednesday, January 29 from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. in Hedges in the Thomas Commons
  • Friday, January 31 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Hedges in the Thomas Commons

Optional résumé and cover letter help

We encourage you to visit the Career Engagement Center's website for help in creating your résumé or help in writing your cover letter. In addition, the CEC will offer the following workshop:

  • Résumé workshop: Tuesday, January 21 at 4 p.m. in Hedges in the Thomas Commons
  • Cover letter workshop: Thursday, January 23 at 4 p.m. in Hedges in the Thomas Commons

Optional interview skills help

We encourage you to visit the Career Engagement Center's website for help in preparing for your individual interview.

Optional review of financial assistance

The resident assistant position can impact a student's financial assistance. The impact, if any, of this position depends on several factors. Students interested in the RA position are encouraged to contact the Financial Assistance staff to discuss their specific situation. It is important to note that the Financial Assistance staff can only offer projections about likely impact, if any, on the student's financial assistance but cannot provide definitive information until the student has reapplied for financial aid. As such, students interested in the RA position are encouraged to reapply for financial aid as soon as possible. Refer to the Financial Assistance website to learn about the process to reapply for financial aid.