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The Resident Assistant application for the 2015-16 academic year has closed. The application will open again in November 2015. Thank you.

RA Brochure

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Interest Sessions


11/3        7:00 pm Cushing House Lounge (Newton)      
11/12 7:00 pm O'Connell House (Upper)
11/14 12:00 Noon     Devlin 010 
11/17 12:00 Noon Walsh 2nd Floor Lounge
11/19 7:00 pm Keyes N Lounge (Newton)
11/20 12:00 Noon Murray House
12/8 8:00 pm Cabaret Room (Vanderslice)

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
  • Encourage conversations with residents about personal issues, academics, social concerns, future plans, and spirituality


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. We welcome all students with various backgrounds, experiences, and talents to apply!

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 2015 to make sure that the standard academic minimum requirements are met. Failure to meet the minimum GPA requirment may result in removal from the selection process.

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) for the academic year of 2015-2016 in order to be a Resident Assistant. Also, if you are an incoming first year law student for the 2015-2016 academic year, 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 community.
  • Learn de-escalation and confrontation techniques.
  • 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.

Interview 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 evaluate participants in order to make sound hiring and placement decisions.

RA Individual Interview

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.

Application Timeline

October 31, 2014: Online Applications Available
December 14, 2014: Final Deadline for applicants Studying Abroad in Spring 2015
January 23-24, 2015: Group Process Interviews (you will only interview one day)
February 5-6, 2015: Individual Interviews
February 20, 2015: Hire Notifications Sent
February 26, 2015: Hire Acceptances Due

Other Important Dates

April 10, 2015: Spring Orientation (mandatory for all hired RAs)

August 9, 2015 : RA Training begins and continues through Fall Opening (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.
  • One reference, including their name, position/title, relationship to you, phone number, and email.
  • Complete an essay in 300 words or less, “Please explain why you applied for the RA position and what you feel you can bring to an RA Staff Team and your community."
  • We strongly recommend you prepare a resume to bring with you to the Group Process interview in January.  If you would like help in developing or critiquing your resume, please visit our Career Center at to make an appointment or utilize their drop-in services.

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.

RA Application 2015-2016 is now closed. 
Thank you for applying!


If you have questions about the Resident Assistant application and selection process, please email Michael Lorenz at 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.