Collegiate Fellow Selection

Collegiate Fellow applications now being accepted!

Qualifications | Application | Timeline | Questions


Thank you for taking the time to discover more information about the process to become a Collegiate Fellow!

As a residential campus, Gustavus places significant emphasis on the experience of students in our residence halls. Collegiate Fellows are developers of community, assisting diverse individuals to come together to create a respectful and fun residential environment that enhances learning both in and out of the classroom.

In helping students discover identity, diversity, leadership, service, and active citizenship, Collegiate Fellows develop their own skills in communication, leadership, community building, time management, conflict resolution, event planning. These all happen side by side with fun, enthusiastic, and supportive co-workers who often become lifelong friends! CFs receive specialized training throughout their time in Residential Life, and the situations that allow CFs to apply this training are experiences that build character, while they also build resumes.

Residential Life is seeking: students who have positive attitudes and aspire to make a difference on campus individually and through the efforts of a diverse team. The CF position is both employment AND a leadership opportunity, and can be time-intensive in its tasks and projects. Successful CFs work intentionally to maintain an academic focus while balancing the multiple responsibilities and priorities of the position.

Collegiate Fellows are leaders who are critically tied to our core values—Excellence, Community, Justice, Service, and Faith. It is a rewarding leadership opportunity that demands a lot, and our most successful CFs are those who find a good match with who we are and what we strive to do in Residential Life. We have created a CF selection process that allows us to find you AND you to find us. Questions? Please e-mail Chris Mueller or call the Residential Life office at 507-933-7529.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior status as of Fall 2021
  • 18 Years of Age by September 1, 2021
  • 2.50 minimum cumulative GPA and free of Academic Probation
  • Free of Disciplinary Probation

Collegiate Fellow Position Description 2021

Please review the position description for 2021-22. The final position description and working agreement will be provided with the offer letters for positions.

Available Positions

Residential Life hires 61 total Collegiate Fellows. Within these 61 positions, special positions for the 2021-22 academic year include:

  • 6 Community Coordinators (traditionally a returning staff member) for Pittman, Sohre, Uhler/Rundstrom (lives in Uhler), Complex (lives in Sorensen), Prairie View/International Center/Southwest (lives in Southwest), and The Views Apartments (lives in College View)
  • 1 Crossroads Community Collegiate Fellow (can be returning or new)
  • 1 We Are Community Collegiate Fellow


Collegiate Fellow Applications now being accepted.

Collegiate Fellow applications can be submitted here -

If you have been a CF before and are interested in applying again,
please contact Chris Mueller 


You must provide two references. One reference must be a Faculty or Staff member at Gustavus.


In the online application, you are asked to answer multiple short essays (250 words or less). We have provided the prompts below for you to consider before filling out the online application form. 

  • Why are you interested in the Collegiate Fellow Position?
  • What do you believe is the role of the Collegiate Fellow in building community?
  • Describe at least two strengths and provide specific examples of how and when you have utilized them.
  • Describe any experiences you've held that are relevant or related to the Collegiate Fellow position (work, volunteer, leadership, etc.).
  • “The mission of Residential Life at Gustavus Adolphus College is to complement the academic mission of the institution by providing a living environment conducive to learning and development. The staff is committed to fostering a community in which students respect and affirm the dignity of all persons and develop the responsibility and values that will allow them to assume roles of leadership and service in society.”
    How, as a CF, would you live out the Mission of Residential Life?

  • For applicants who plan on being away during J-Term 2022 ONLY: 
    Please describe the course or activity in which you would like to participate. 
    How does that experience fit into your major/career plans? 

  • For applicants interested in being the Crossroads (Global Perspectives/Multicultural Programming) CF ONLY:
    Why are you interested in being a CF for the Crossroads program?
    What would you do to enhance the experiences of residents within Crossroads?

CF Selection Timeline for Fall 2020

December 4, 2020

Applications Available
Applications will be available on this page.

December and January

CF Interest Sessions - You are welcome to attend any session! All sessions will be held virtually via Zoom.

  • Thursday, December 7 at 6:00pm
  • Monday, December 8 at 3:00pm
  • Friday December 11 at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 6 at 6:00pm
  • Tuesday, January 12 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, January 13 at 3:00pm
  • Friday, January 15 at 6:00pm

January 22, 2021

Applications Due by 11:59pm 
Your two completed reference forms must be received by Monday, January 25

February 15

Confirmation Email with Interview Time
Candidates will receive an email message confirming the time for their interview as well as providing details and information needed to prepare for the interview.

February 18, 19 or 20

Individual Interviews

  • This portion of the interview will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.
  • Over the course of the 90 minutes, candidates will participate in individual interviews and a case study where they will work with another candidate.
  • All interviews will take place in Alumni Hall.*
  • For this portion of the interview, please dress as presentable as possible with the clothes you have. Business casual or business formal dress is not expected.

*A virtual option will be available if in-person interviews are not appropriate due to public health recommendations.

Week of March 15

Candidate Notification
Candidates will receive a letter indicating their status. There are three possible letters:

  • An offer letter for a CF Position in a specific building
  • A pool letter indicating we think you could be a great CF, but do not have a position available at this time and we would consider you for any openings that occur
  • A letter indicating that your strengths did not quite align with the strengths we were looking for and encouraging you to stay involved on campus and to reapply in the future

Week of March 23

Candidate Intentions Due

Candidates are expected to accept or decline their position offers in writing.


If you have questions please attend one of the Information Sessions listed above! Other options include:

  • Talk to your CF
  • Talk to your Area Coordinator
  • Contact Chris Mueller, Assistant Director of Residential Life, in the Residential Life office at or x7529