Residential Life Programs

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Experience Life at Princeton

The residential experience is a central feature of a Princeton education. Our students build and maintain Princeton's spirit of community within their residential environments by participating in programming, social and cultural activities. We encourage our students to assume leadership and advising roles, such as Residential College Advisers or Dormitory Assistants, to continue to build Princeton's community.

Residential College Advisors

Residential College Advisors (RCAs) and assistant residential college advisers (ARCAs) provide guidance and support to students in the residential colleges. 


Community Living Adviser (CLA) and Upperclass CLA Program


The community living adviser role will serve as a resource to continuing students, foster a welcoming residential college community, provide initial support to upperclass students and when appropriate connect these students to their residential college advising teams and/or the appropriate university offices.

Each year, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students and the Housing Department hire approximately 25upperclass students (rising juniors or seniors) as Upperclass Community Advisers, who live in unaffiliated housing.

First Year Residential Education

The First Year Residential Education (FYRE) signals important community values like safety, responsibility, respect and civility, and an understanding and appreciation of Princeton's diverse community.