Residence Life

Why should you become a RA?

Positions Available

Resident Assistant – The resident assistant (RA) is a Residence life student staff member living on a floor or within a residential campus who works with residents in that living area. RAs are selected for their concern for fellow students, their leadership skills, and their willingness to meet the challenges and expectations of the position. RAs are trained to provide support and assistance to students on a variety of issues.

Graduate Resident Assistant – Graduate resident assistants (GRAs) are graduate students (with a Bachelor’s degree) who serve in a “senior staff” role where they assist the Residence Hall Director/Area Director or the Assistant Director in the supervision of the RA staff.

Selection Process

You can apply online. In addition, you will need to do the following:

Attend one mandatory RA Information Session:

- November 3, 2015, 5 – 6pm, at Warren Towers Multipurpose Room (formerly known as the Warren Towers Cinema Room)

- November 19, 2015, 2:30 – 3:30pm, at Warren Towers Multipurpose Room

- December 2, 2015, 3 – 4pm, at International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) (please note date and time change!)

- January 20, 2016, 5:30 – 6:30pm, at Warren Towers Multipurpose Room

Read all of the application materials including, RA Selection 101: An Introduction to Residence Life and RA Selection at Boston University, and please also read the “nonacademic and residential policies” section of the BU Lifebook.

Send your two recommenders (one of which must be from a faculty or professional staff member) the recommendation link. The recommendations must be turned in by January 21, 2016, or November 13, 2015 if you’re studying abroad in Spring ’15.

Complete the application:

- Bring your cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and required essay(s) to Residential Education at 19 Deerfield Street, 2nd floor. (Need tips on how to draft cover letters and resumes?)

If you are an international student, inform the International Student & Scholars Office (ISSO) that you are applying for an RA position, and inquire how the RA position may affect your visa status.

If you receive need-based financial aid, contact your financial aid advisor and make him or her aware that you are applying for an RA position and investigate if accepting an RA appointment will impact your financial aid package.



  • Full-time junior, senior, or graduate student
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.70
  • In good University disciplinary and financial standing
  • Ph.D. candidates should consult with their academic departments before completing an application for an RA or GRA position


  • 20 hours a week, including a 4-hour staff meeting on every Wednesday evening and two weeks of August training on-campus.


  • Deadline for students studying abroad in 2016 is Friday, November, 13, 2015 at 5 pm
  • Deadline for Round I applicants is Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 2 pm

For More Information

  • Please contact Residential Education at 617-353-3540 or via email at

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