Residence Life

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Meet the Staff

  • The Director of Housing & Residential Education
    The Director of Housing & Residential Education is responsible for the overall operation of the Residence Hall, including the training and supervision of all Residence Life staff. With the help of the Resident Assistants, the director develops and implements ongoing developmental programs for the Residence Hall community. Students are encouraged to consult the director about any concerns they may have regarding the operation of the building, or the policies that have been established.
  • Residence Hall Office Manager/Housing Facilitator
    The Housing Facilitator assists with the housing assignments process and overall management of the Office of Residence Life.
  • Resident Assistants
    Each academic year, there are six to eight Resident Assistants housed throughout the Residence Hall. These student leaders foster a safe and welcoming living environment, designed to help residents' outside-the-classroom development.

RA Selection

The Office of Residence Life employs between 6 to 8 Resident Assistants each year. Typically, the Resident Assistant application process begins in late January and ends by early April. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the Office of Residence Life for specific information regarding the application timeline.

Residence Hall Activities

Throughout the academic year, the Office of Residence Life offers a number of social and educational programs. Additionally, the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and Student Program Assistants (SPAs) sponsor both Residence Hall-specific and campus-wide events.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.