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Resident Assistants

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Thank you for your interest in the RA Position. The application will be open from November 1, 2014 through January 3, 2014. Please read through the information below before applying. Thank You.

RA Brochure

Basic Function

Resident Assistants are full-time students who live in the residence halls and are responsible for a community of residents. They provide support, act as a resource for students, coordinate social and educational programs, and work together as a staff to enforce University policy within the halls.

General Position Responsibilities

  • Know, support, and advise the residents living in your community
  • Act as a resource for residents and make referrals to appropriate campus services
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate monthly programs for the community or building
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and staff development activities
  • Attend weekly or biweekly one-on-one meetings with Resident Director
  • Conduct building rounds and participate in a weekly duty rotation
  • Report any damages to the building or building facilities
  • Enforce University policy within our residential communities (on and off duty)
  • Assist with semester opening/closing and additional duty as needed
  • Support the Office of Residential Life in its mission to create inclusive and supportive educational living and learning environments
  • Engage in meaningful conversations with residents and peers to further his/her education outside the classroom.


A successful candidate for a Resident Assistant (RA) position at Boston College will be open minded and enjoy working with diverse groups of people. Candidates will be organized, responsible, and able to make good ethical decisions. Candidates must demonstrate leadership, interpersonal skills, and a commitment to diversity.

Minimum Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.50 is required at the time of application or after the first semester for current first year students. Grades will be checked at the end of the Fall semester and again in May 2014 to make sure that the standard academic minimum requirements are met.

Candidates must be in good disciplinary standing with the Office of Residential Life and the Office of the Dean of Students Office. Candidates must not currently be serving a sanction of housing probation or higher. Disciplinary records will be reviewed for each applicant.

You must be enrolled at Boston College Day School (those enrolled in the Woods School are not eligible to apply at this time unfortunately) for the academic year of 2014-2015 in order to be a Resident Assistant. Also, if you are an incoming first year law student for the 2014-2015 academic year,unfortunately you are not eligible to apply for a Resident Assistant position until your second and/or third year of law  school. If you are applying for a graduate program at Boston College and are offered a position, the offer is pending your acceptance into your graduate program.


  • Room, board, and infirmary fees are compensated.
  • Learn administrative and time management skills.
  • Learn effective and appropriate communication skills.
  • Work with a group of dynamic and diverse peers and administrators.
  • Hone leadership and decision-making skills.
  • Meet new and exciting residents on your floor and in your building.
  • Learn de-escalation and confrontation techniques.
  • Get to plan fun and exciting events on campus and in the Boston area.
  • Learn to work with a team to develop a sense of community.


Resident Assistants participate in mandatory Spring orientation and Summer training before the academic year begins. During the year, there may be RA workshops, in-service trainings, and leadership development programs that the RA staff members will be required to participate in.

RA Group Process

Qualified candidates with completed applications will be invited to participate in the Resident Assistant Group Process. This process, which will involve active participation and group interaction, will allow Office of Residential Life staff a chance to get to know participants in order to make sound hiring and placement decisions.

RA Individual Interviews

Qualified candidates who successfully pass the group process will be asked to return for a 30-minute individual interview. Final-placement decisions with regard to community and building are made after the completion of the application, group process, and individual interview.

Participation in all aspects of the selection process does not guarantee a Resident Assistant position.

Info Session Dates

Attend an information session to learn more about the Resident Assistant position, hear from current RAs, and ask any questions that you might have.

November 4th 2013, Walsh 8th floor lounge 7:00 P.M.
November 4th 2013, Cheverus 2nd floor lounge 8:00 P.M.
November 5th 2013, Edmond's 1st floor lounge 2:30 P.M.
November 6th 2013, Bowman House 1:00 P.M.
November 7th 2013, Stokes S103 11:30 A.M.
November 7th 2013, Gabelli 2nd floor lounge 1:00 P.M.
November 11th 2013, Roncalli Basement 5:00 P.M.
November 12th 2013, Cushing House (Newton) 9:30 P.M.
November 14th 2013, Higgins Hall 225 12:00 P.M.
November 14th 2013, Vanderslice 6th floor lounge 4:00 P.M.
November 15th 2013, Murray House 12:00 P.M

Application Timeline

November 1, 2013: Online Applications Available
December 13, 2013: Final Deadline for Junior Studying Abroad in Spring 2014
January 24-25, 2014: Group Process Interviews (you will only interview one day)
February 6-7, 2014: Individual Interviews
February 21, 2014: Hire Notifications Sent
February 28, 2014: Hire Acceptances Due

Other Important Dates

April 11, 2014: Spring Orientation (mandatory for all hired RAs)
August 10 - September 1, 2014: RA Training begins and goes through Fall Opening on September 1, 2014 (mandatory)


This application will take approximately 25-30 minutes to complete, and will require demographic information, as well as the information listed below.  Please note that the application cannot be saved, so it will need to be completed in one sitting.  Candidates will need to know the following information in order to complete the application:

  •  Employment history/information, including name of employer, location, date range, and position title.
  • Three references, including their name, position/title, relationship to you, phone number, and email.
  • An explanation of any conduct history you may have had during your college career.
  • Complete an essay in 300 words or less, ‚ÄúPlease explain why you applied for the RA position and what you feel you can bring to an RA Staff Team and your community."

The Office of Residential Life makes continuous efforts to advance and sustain an organizational culture that fully welcomes diversity and inclusiveness for all members of the Boston College community. We welcome ALL students with various experiences and talents to apply for this position.  Please note that you must complete this application in one sitting; there is no way to save your application within our system unless it is fully complete.

The RA Application for is now closed.


If you have questions about the Resident Assistant application and selection process, please email If you have questions about the position in general, please connect with your Resident Director, Graduate Staff, Resident Assistant OR email and one of our committee members will contact you.