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

The deadlines for both Round I and Round II have passed, and consequently RA Selection for 2015-2016 has come to a close.

Information about RA Selection for 2016-2017 will be posted on this website by November 1, 2015. Please check back at that time.

In the meantime, feel free to review this document for general information about RA Selection and BU Residence Life,“RA Selection 101: An Introduction to Residence Life and RA Selection at Boston University.”


  • 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.


  • RA Selection for 2015-2016 is now closed.

For More Information

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

For more information about other student leadership opportunities with Boston University’s Dean of Students Office, visit: