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Letter from the Directors of College Houses and Academic Services

Dear RA Candidate,

As you know, over half of Penn undergraduates reside in the College Houses, where every element of the vibrant life found at the University is reflected, from the diverse students — freshmen through seniors — representing all four undergraduate schools, to the faculty and graduate students from various disciplines, to professional, administrative staff and academic advisors. There is also plenty of intellectual fellowship within a genial community, whose extracurricular interests range from intramural athletics to debate to performing arts.

Becoming part of this community as a Resident Advisor provides a uniquely rich encounter with Penn, in which RAs find challenging and profoundly rewarding opportunities to deepen their engagement with Penn's academic life. Through the mentoring of their peers, the friendships they form with College House faculty and staff, and the creative application of their own knowledge and talents, RAs have the opportunity to develop as leaders and learn new skills—and they do this within a supportive environment in which to do their work and make friends.

Because every College House has its own distinct personality, we encourage you to investigate each of them thoroughly and perhaps pay them a visit before applying or interviewing. That said, it's important to bear in mind that with the changes in the House populations from year to year there comes a subtle shift in the tone of each community. As an RA you will have your own special effect on the community that adopts you, and thus on the tone of the House. It is an exciting and invigorating process. We wish you the best of luck in applying to the College Houses!

Thank you for your interest in joining the staff of College Houses & Academic Services.

Prof. Dennis DeTurck
Professor of Mathematics
Robert A. Fox Leadership Professor
Faculty Director, College Houses & Academic Services

Martin Redman
Executive Director, College Houses & Academic Services