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.

Find Out What's It Like To Be A RA

We hope that you are interested in joining our RA team!  In order to become an RA candidate for the 2021-2022 academic year, students must complete the following:

1. Information Session 

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

Tuesday, December 8th  @ 12pm via Zoom link below
Wednesday, January 6th  @ 7pm via Zoom link below
Thursday, January 21st   @ 11am AND @7pm via the Zoom link below
Monday, January 25th   @ 4pm via the Zoom link below
Wednesday, January 27th @ 7pm via the Zoom link below

RA Selection Info Session

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 953 6303 5241

Passcode: RAinfo

2. Application

RA Applications will be available electronically from Monday, January 4th through Thursday, February 11th, 2021. Completed applications, including recommendation forms, must be received by 4pm, February 11th.

Our application will be available here on January 4th.

(If the link does not direct you to the application form, please try to open the application in a different browser and on a computer, not a phone)

3. Recommendation Form 

Applicants must provide one recommendation (each candidate is limited to one recommendation form; if we receive more than one, we will only accept the first one we received). 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 (professor, advisor, high school guidance counselor, etc. Letters written by friends or family members will not be accepted. Please note that Residential Area Managers may not be used for recommendations.  Recommendations must be received by the Office of Residence Life by February 11th at 4pm. The link to the Recommendation form is already available for you to access here .

4. RA Group Process

The first part of the RA Interview process will take place through this year's newly adapted Group Process, held over the weekend of February 20th and 21st. Applicants will be scheduled by Residence Life to participate in one of the sessions that weekend. For those who have applied in years past, we are not able to facilitate our traditional RA Seminar in light of COVID restrictions, so Group Process is replacing that for this year. Group Process will take place over Zoom, with a current Resident Assistant facilitating group conversation over Zoom.

Participation in Group Process is a requirement of the selection process and does not guarantee a Resident Assistant position.  Candidates will be emailed as to which Seminar session the are assigned to (morning or afternoon) on Monday, January 27th.

5.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. These will take place between March 1 - 10th, 2021.

Candidates will be sent a link to sign up for their Individual Interview on Friday, February 12th, 2021 (note: you will be assigned a session for Seminar, but you will register for your own Individual Interview).


All candidates will be notified of selection status and placement decisions by the last week of March 2021 (approximately 2 weeks before Housing Selection).  Please contact Elizabeth Ali, Assistant Director of Residential Education, at 610-660-1060 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!