RCC Selection Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the selection process for RCCs?

Undergrad RCCs are selected through the ResEd Staff Selection process.  The Grad RCC position is being sunsetted and replaced by a new position called the Peer Technology Specialist (PTS).  The PTS FAQ can be found here.


Key dates for the 2018-2019 Undergrad staff selection process:

Monday, January 8 (1:00 p.m.) Application opens
Tuesday, January 9 (7:00-10:00 p.m.) Selection 101
Wednesday, January 17 (1:00 p.m.) Application closes
Monday, January 22 (1:00 p.m.) Recommendations due
Saturday, January 27 Interview period begins for RF houses
Monday, February 5 Interview period begins for Row houses
Sunday, February 25 Interview period ends for all houses
Wednesday, February 28 (1:00 p.m.) Deadline for applicants to submit ranked list of houses/positions in SAAS
Thursday, March 8 ResEd notifies applicants of placement
Friday, March 9 (1:00 p.m.) Deadline for applicants to confirm placement and agree to terms of appointment


What goes into being an RCC?

Resident Computer Consultants ("RCCs") are students who live in each residence and consult with residents on computer-related problems, support residential network connections, residence computer clusters, as well as other technology needs. To find out more, check out the RCC Job Description. You can also talk to your own RCC to find out more.


What's the difference between a Dorm RCC and a Row RCC?
Dorm RCCs serve on house staff and are expected to fully participate in all activities expected of RAs and other house staff, theme associates, etc.  

Row RCCs have the same responsibilities as Dorm RCCs and must fully participate on the house management team. Since Row RCCs do not support as many students in each house as other RCCs, Row RCCs are paid on a sliding scale depending on the number of residents in their house.


When do you select RCCs?
We regularly select RCCs for the next academic year each year during Winter quarter of the current year. Typically we send an announcement to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to those who have a network registration with us.  We do have some vacancies from time to time and will fill them on a rolling basis as needed.


Who is eligible to apply?
The RCC position is open to all Stanford students in good academic standing and have at least one year of guaranteed housing remaining.  Undergraduates who will be an upperclassmen during the academic year for which they are applying may apply for undergrad positions.


Are there additional requirements?

Prospective RCCs need to complete or waive the CS 196 - Computer Consulting course in Winter or Spring.  The Waiver Assessment (which gives you to opportunity to waive out of some or all of the course, based on your inherent understanding of the topic) is administered in-person on the first class meeting in Winter and Spring Quarters.  If you do not able to take the waiver assessment then you are required to enroll in the full course.


What if I am going to be away Spring quarter?
If you are going to be away during Spring quarter, we recommend that you fulfill the CS 196 requirement or waive out of that requirement in Winter Quarter (CS 196 is required course for all undergrad RCCs.) We also recommend that you contact the RCC Selection Team by early January. While we attempt to accommodate students who are currently abroad as best as possible, letting us know ahead of time will help us plan for that.  For house interviews, it is the applicant's responsibility to speak to the RFs/CDs or house management teams for the residences they would like to apply to. To interview from abroad, applicants must be able to meet via video chat for their interviews.  


When must I return to campus if I am selected to be an RCC?
Dorm RCCs are expected to return to campus the third Thursday prior to the first day of autumn quarter and Row RCCs are expected to return to campus the third Sunday prior to the first day of autumn quarter.  There is no difference in return dates for new and returning RCCs and all RCCs are expected to remain on campus from the day they arrive onto campus.

Before accepting any RCC offer, you should reconfirm that you will be able to meet the return date expectations.

Key dates for the 2018-2019 Undergrad Staff Training:

Sunday, September 2, 2018 RCCs in RF houses may move into their Autumn residence
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 All RCCs in RF houses are expected to report for Training at 9 a.m.
Sunday, September 9, 2018 RCCs in Row houses may move into their Autumn residence
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 All RCCs in Row houses are expected to report for Training at 9 a.m

Training for all staff will conclude on Friday, September 15th, 2018.


How do I apply?

When made available, the application can be accessed through for undergrad positions.


What if I am a current RCC or have been one in the past?
Former and current RCCs (dorm and row) must complete the same application as is required by first-time applicants and will meet with the RCC Student Leadership team for a review/interview. Current dorm RCCs interested in re-applying to the same location must also follow the same current RCC process. All applicants must submit letters of recommendations.


When will I receive an invitation to interview?
If you are a fit, you will be contacted by either the RCC Program staff or house staff for an interview during the interview window. During the regular hiring process, you will be able to see the interview window in the SAAS hiring system (


How can I find out more about the Resident Fellows?
Dorm residences have Resident Fellows. You'll have a chance to talk to Resident Fellows and current staff at the Selection 101 event. For more information about this event, please refer to the dates and times listed at the Residential Student Staff Selection site.


How are RCCs matched to houses for an offer?
Please view the video on The Match: An Introduction to the Mechanics for more details on how The Match works. For a more detailed look, view the video on The Match: A Detailed Look at How it Works.


How does my RCC salary impact financial aid?

You should talk to the Financial Aid Office or your department to determine how your RCC salary will impact your financial aid if you are receiving financial aid or other grant/fellowship money.


If you have even further questions specific to the RCC Selection process and/or positions, please contact us at


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