Collegiate Fellow Selection

Collegiate Fellow Selection has concluded.
If you would like to submit an application to be considered for future openings you may Access the Application HERE

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 2022
  • 18 Years of Age by September 1, 2022
  • 2.50 minimum cumulative GPA and free of Academic Probation
  • Free of Disciplinary Probation

Collegiate Fellow Position Description 2022

Please review the position description for 2022-23. 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 2022-23 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 Chapel View)
  • 1-2 Crossroads Community Collegiate Fellow (can be returning or new)
  • 1 We Are Community Collegiate Fellow

Occasionally we have mid-year openings that need to be filled. Staff hired to fill these positions would begin their service as a Collegiate Fellow immediately upon accepting their offer. In some cases the start date may be as soon as November or December of the current Fall semester. Applicants who are interested in being considered as a mid-year applicant must have their materials submitted no later than November, 26, 2021.


Collegiate Fellow Selection has concluded. 
If you would like to submit an application to be considered for future openings you may Access the Application HERE


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 (350 words or less). We have provided the prompts below for you to consider before filling out the online application form. 

  • What is your motivation for applying to be a Collegiate Fellow? What knowledge, skills, or abilities do you bring to the position?
  • What do you believe is the role of a Collegiate Fellow in building community?
  • Describe the most impactful experience you have had while living on campus. How can your work as a Collegiate Fellow create more experiences like the one you had?

For applicants who plan on being away during J-Term 2023 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?

For applicants interested in being the We Are (Gender Neutral Housing) CF ONLY:

  • Why are you interested in being a Collegiate Fellow for the We Are program?
  • What would you do to enhance the experiences of residents within the We Are Community?

CF Selection Timeline for Fall 2021

November 2, 2021

Applications Available
Applications will be available on this page.


CF Interest Sessions - You are welcome to attend any session!

  • Tuesday, November 9 @ 7pm - Norelius Pit
  • Wednesday, November 10 @ 8:30pm - Sohre Basement Lounge
  • Thursday, November 11 @ 6:30pm - Gibbs Lounge
  • Monday, November 15 @ 7:00pm - Virtual
  • Friday, November 19 @ 3:00pm - Konferensrum
  • Tuesday, December 7 @ 6:30pm - College View Lounge
  • Thursday, December 9 @ 5:45pm - Konferensrum
  • Tuesday, January 11 @ 7pm - Virtual
  • Wednesday, January 12 @ 7pm - Virtual

February 3, 2022

Applications Due by 11:59pm 

February 14, 2022

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 17, 18 or 19, 2022

Individual Interviews

  • This portion of the interview will take approximately 75 minutes to complete.
  • Over the course of the 75 minutes, candidates will participate in individual interviews.
  • All interviews will take place Virtually.
  • 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.

Week of March 14, 2022

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 letter indicating we think you could be a great CF, but do not have a position available at this time and we would like to have you in our waiting pool and 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 28, 2022

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 the Residential Life office at or x7529