Navigate Up
Sign In

Find Your Way ...
Become an RA
















Why Become an RA?

Maybe you've been inspired.  Maybe you've been to a program or an event, or had an interaction that sparked an awareness that you can do it too.  Maybe you're curious about what it takes to be the most multi-faceted, intentional leader in your residence hall and campus community.  Maybe you just like to help people.  Maybe you want to get involved. Maybe you're looking for a life-changing experience.  Maybe you've just learned that most graduate schools and post-graduate employers like to see "RA" on the resume.  Maybe you're just looking for an incredible experience to invest yourself in.

Either way, you've taken the first step: you're reading this.  You're that much closer to becoming a student leader among student leaders.  Don't second-guess yourself.  If you're nervous, that's good: after all, you're half-way to applying for a position that will forever change your life.

What is an RA?

The Resident Assistant represents the Office of Residence Life as a key staff member in its operations.  As a full-time undergraduate student, the RA works under the direct supervision of the Hall Director (HD) or Complex Director (CD) responsible for the RA’s assigned building.  Together, these staff members work with students to create and maintain an atmosphere which fosters meaningful, educational opportunities, as well as valuable personal growth experiences.

Qualifications for Employment

  • Maintaining a minimum 2.25 cumulative grade point average in every semester while employed in the RA position.
  • Adhering to all college policies and procedures.
  • Enforcing all college policies and procedures.
  • Fulfilling all RA duties, responsibilities, and expectations as outlined in the job description, and as explained by his/her supervisor, as well as other responsibilities as required.
  • Supporting the Office of Residence Life’s mission, Student Affairs Friar Foundational Four Pillars, and the mission of the college.
  • Attend weekly Residence Life staff meetings on Wednesdays at 5:00pm.

General Position Responsibilities

  • Know, support and advise the residents living in your community
  • Act as a resource for residents and make appropriate referrals to campus services
  • Provide educational opportunities that are interesting and conducive to the growth and development of students and implement the residential curriculum for your community
  • Attend weekly staff meetings, monthly all staff meetings on Wednesdays at 5:00pm, staff development activities, and training sessions which may require you to arrive to campus approximately two weeks prior to the start of the fall semester and one week prior to the start of the spring semester, as well as to remain on campus three to four days after spring semester
  • Attend monthly or bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with Hall or Complex Director
  • Participate in a weekly duty rotation and conduct building rounds
  • Note and report any damages to the building or building facilities
  • Enforce College policy within our residential communities (on or off duty)
  • Assist with semester and break openings/closings and additional duty as needed
  • Support the Office of Residence Life in its mission to create inclusive and supportive educational living environments

RA Application Process - How to Apply

1. Attend an Information Session

All students interested in applying for a Resident Assistant position must attend one of the offered information sessions being held.  Detailed information regarding the application process will be distributed at these meetings.  Dates for the info sessions are posted below.

2. Read the RA Information

In order to fully understand the responsibilities associated with the RA position, we strongly encourage you to carefully read all information on this site, especially the Resident Assistant job description.  We also recommend that you talk with your RA to learn more about the position before applying.

3. Ask your Complex/Hall Director or RAs any questions.

The Residence Life is here to answer any of your questions about the RA position.

4.  Apply

Complete the 2014-2015 Resident Assistant Application

Applications are DUE to the Office of Residence Life (105 Slavin) no later than 4:30pm on Friday, December 6th, 2013.

5. You’ll Need a Reference
You must obtain a reference from a College faculty or staff member, or a current Providence College student. Please have your reference complete the Recommendation Form.  
Note: Office of Residence Life staff members may not write letters of recommendation. Your RA will have an opportunity to recommend you at a later date.

6. Look for Information about the Interview Process

Candidates will be notified by email if they have been selected to participate in the selection process.


Key Dates and Deadlines


Applications Available ​Friday, November 1 ​Residence Life Web Page
​Information Sessions ​Wednesday, October 30
Tuesday, November 5
Monday, November 11
6:00pm in '64 Hall​
Candidates only need to attend 1
information session
​Application Deadline ​Friday, December 6 ​Residence Life
105 Slavin by 4:30pm
​Application Status Update ​Friday, December 13 ​Candidates notified by email
if selected to continue in process.
Returning Candidate Interviews ​January 27-February 12 ​Sign up during Winter Training.
​Group Process ​Friday, February 7 ​5:00pm-9:00pm
​Application Status Update ​Tuesday, February 11 ​Candidates notified by email
 if selected to continue in process.
New Candidate Interviews ​February 13-21 ​Specific information to sign up
will be included in email.
​Decision Announcements ​Friday, February 28 ​Decisions will be
communicated via email.
​Acceptance Email Due ​Friday, March 7



Applications are due by December 6, 2013.  Applications should be turned into the Office of Residence Life, 105 Slavin Center.

Important Documents

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to become an RA?

Any full-time, undergraduate student who will be a member of the sophomore, junior, or senior class for the year in which you will be employed is eligible to become a Resident Assistant.  Students who demonstrate exceptional leadership, interpersonal, organizational, and decision making skills are encouraged to apply.

When can I apply for a RA position?

Applications are available during the months of November and December.  See above for key dates.

How do I apply?

For detailed instructions on applying, please review the RA Application Process section above.   See above for key dates.

What are the benefits of becoming a traditional hall Resident Assistant?

All Resident Assistants receive a stipend equal to the cost of their housing assignment and a financial aid grant equal to the cost of a meal plan for their assigned housing (15-meal plan for traditional halls, 11-meal plan for Suites, 7-meal plan for apartments).  

RAs return to campus approximately two weeks before classes begin in August, one week before classes begin in January, and remain on campus one week beyond finals in May, to receive intensive training in conflict resolution, crisis management, leadership, programming, counseling, and more.  The experience of being a leader and helper among peers is often the most rewarding benefit of the position.

I signed up for housing during the housing selection process.  Am I still able to apply for the RA position?

Yes.  If you are offered a Resident Assistant position you will need to give up your previous housing assignment and will be given a housing assignment according to your staff placement.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Please email the Office of Residence Life at​.

Catholic and Dominican

What does it mean to be a Catholic and Dominican college? We invite you to explore this question and the distinctive mission of Providence College.
About Providence College's Catholic and Dominican Identity