Student Life | Residence Life

RA Selection Process


Can you picture yourself as an RA?  Want to develop leadership skills and marketable resume experience?  Want to make a difference in the SJU residential community?  If you answered "YES!" to any of these questions, the Resident Assistant experience might be for you!

Resident Assistants, or RAs, are vital within the University as they are involved in direct and extended contact with resident students. The Resident Assistants are typically the foundation of the hall to which they have been assigned and, as representatives of the University, are interested and trained individuals who are available for advice, counsel, support and encouragement.  RAs serve as role models, mentors, peer-advisors, and programmers. They develop community among resident students and uphold our shared community standards.  The RA role is crucial to the residential experience, but it's also fun and rewarding, and provides some very real leadership skills. 

We hope that you are interested in joining our RA team!  In order to become an RA candidate for the 2016-2017 academic year, students must complete the following:

1.       Information Session  Interested students must attend an information session to begin the RA application process.  Info sessions are scheduled at the following dates and times:

Tuesday, December 1st                 @ 11:00 am, Campion, Presidents' Lounge  

Tuesday, December 8th                 @ 1:30 pm, Campion, Banquet Hall North 

Tuesday, January 19th                  @ 11:00 am, Campion,Banquet Hall North 

 Wednesday, January 20th              @ 5:30 pm, Campion, Banquet Hall North

2.       Application RA Applications will be available electronically December 1st through January 22nd. Completed applications, including recommendation forms, must be received by 5pm, January 22, 2015.  Our application is available here: RA Application

3.       RA Seminar The first part of the RA Interview process will take place through the course of 2 "RA Seminars", held over the course of two weeks.  The Seminars will allow applicants to learn about the RA position, while demonstrating their qualifications and allowing the Residence Life staff to see what each applicant can bring to a Resident Assistant position.  Participation in the RA Seminar is a requirement of the selection process and does not guarantee a Resident Assistant position.  Candidates can select seminar times during their completion of the RA Application.

4.       Individual Interview RA Applicants will participate in one individual interview.  The individual interview is a chance to answer & ask questions in a smaller setting with a member of the Residence Life professional staff & at least one current RA.  Candidates can select individual interview times during their completion of the RA Application.

5.       Recommendation Form  Applicants must provide one recommendation. The recommendation may be completed by a member of the Saint Joseph's University Community or by someone else who can speak to your work ethic and leadership ability. Please note that RAMs/RHMs may not be used for recommendations.  Recommendations must be received by the Office of Residence Life by January 22nd at 5pm. Click here for the Recommendation Form.

All candidates will be notified of selection status and placement decisions by February 29, 2016.  Please feel free to speak with any member of the Residence Life staff for more information about becoming an RA.  You may also contact Jessica Brown at 610-747-4795 with any specific questions or e-mail

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of our RA team! 

We hope to meet you through the RA selection process!