Collegiate Fellow Selection

Collegiate Fellow Applications for 2023-2024 were due February 8, 2023

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 contact Assistant Director Jason Langston:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior status as of Fall 2023
  • 18 Years of Age by September 1, 2023
  • 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 around 60 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


Collegiate Fellow Applications for 2023-2024 were be available starting November 1, 2022 and will be due February 8, 2023; timeline for 2024-2025 CF Selection will be updated here in Fall 2023.


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 2024 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 2023-2024 Applicants

November 2022

Tuesday, November 1 – New CF Application Available.


Information Sessions (you are welcome to attend any session, even if not located in your building):

Tuesday, November 8 @ 7pm - Norelius Pit
Wednesday, November 9 @ 8:30pm - Sohre Basement Lounge
Thursday, November 10 @ 6:30pm - Gibbs Lounge
Monday, November 14 @ 7:00pm - Virtual
Friday, November 18 @ 3:00pm - Konferensrum (Jackson Campus Center)

December 2022

Information Sessions:

Tuesday, Dec. 6 @ 6:30pm - Virtual
Thursday, Dec. 8 @ 5:45pm - Konferensrum (Jackson Campus Center)

January 2023

Virtual Information Sessions:

Monday, Jan. 9 @ 7pm
Wednesday, Jan. 11 @ 7pm

February 8, 2023

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2023: Applications Due by 11:59pm 

February 13, 2023

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 (in person sessions February 14-16).

March 10, 2023

Friday, March 10, 2023 - Candidate Notifications
Candidates will receive an emailed 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.

March 17, 2023

Friday, March 17, 2023 - 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