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

RA Selection takes place in two rounds: Round I and Round II. Round I is currently underway and final placement decisions will be made by March 15, 2014. Round II takes place in late May 2014 and is only for newly admitted graduate students and transfer students at Boston University.

To apply for Round II consideration, please do the following:
- Read thoroughly the document entitled, RA Selection 101: An Introduction to Residence Life and RA Selection at Boston University.

- Complete the RA Application for Round II.

- Obtain two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your candidacy. One of your recommenders needs to be a faculty or full-time professional staff member at your current university/college. Your recommenders should draft a 1-page letter that addresses the following:

  • Applicant’s name;
  • How long the recommender has known the applicant, and in what capacity;
  • The applicant’s level of approachability and customer service skills;
  • The applicant’s time management skills;
  • The applicant’s ability to work both independently, on a team, and with diverse student populations;
  • How well the applicant handles difficult and stressful situations, including the ability to think quickly;
  • Any additional information that would indicate the applicant’s potential success in the GRA/RA role

- Your recommender should place the letter of recommendation in a signed and sealed envelope, with a signature across the seal. If your recommender is unable to provide you with a hard copy of a recommendation then your recommender may email a copy to us at no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014.
- Submit 2 copies of your completed application to Residential Education, 19 Deerfield Street (2nd Floor) before Friday, April 18, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.


- 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 Wednesday evenings and two weeks of August training on-campus.


- Friday, April 18, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. (for Round II)

For More Information

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