Become a Graduate Resident Assistant

Be a leader to resident assistants.

The Graduate  Resident Assistant (GRA) supports the Office of Residence Life & University Housing in its efforts to enhance the residential experience within the Howard University community. A live-in position, the GRA provides leadership for Residential Life student staff (RAs) in an assigned area. By maintaining visibility and being approachable to student staff and residents, the GRA helps educate residents on University policies and builds community in the area of oversight.

Applications open in the spring semester.

      General Requirements

      • Student must attend one virtual information session for application to be considered.  

      • Student must have received and accepted acceptance to Howard University at the time of submission. 

      • Student must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student at Howard University. 

      • Student must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA upon application submission and must maintain 2.50 GPA or better each semester. 

      • Student cannot be on any type of University probation and hold the RA position at the same time. 

      • Student must have a clean Student Conduct history. 

      • Student must serve as a GRA for the entire academic year. 

      • It is preferable that applicant has former residence life and/or leadership experience. 


      • Train and supervise a staff of Resident Assistants (RAs) and student workers
      • Conduct bi-weekly individual meetings with RAs to develop and discuss goals
      • Serve in on-call rotation
      • Enforce Howard University and Office of Residence Life & University Housing policies
      • Coordinate and provide insight of front desk/customer service experience
      • Implement programming efforts
      • Maintain set office hours each week (20 hours total) Monday-Friday
      • Attend to evening and weekend commitments such as staff meetings, hall council, and programs
      • Advise Hall Council and Junior RA
      • Assist in the opening and closing of the residence halls
      • Provide support and assistance for departmental initiatives, processes,emergencies, and events
      • Work with central office staff to evaluate student staff training and selection
      • Serve as positive role model for residents, RAs, and other student staff


      • A room, including cable, internet, on-site laundry
      • Bi-weekly stipend of $150 before taxes.

      Please note that rooms come in different sizes and locations of the building.

      Residence Life cannot promise specific room dimensions and locations in the building.

      Residence Life will assign rooms based on availability and need for the specific building.


      Fall GA training is held in late July/early August before the fall semester begins.

      Spring GA training is held in January before the spring semester begins.

      New GRA recruitment takes place each spring semester.

      Check back here in Spring 2021 for information about applying to be a Fall 2021 GRA.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Are GAs allowed to hold outside employment?

      This would be a conversation to have with your supervisor to gain approval before acquiring secondary employment.

      When can GAs leave at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters?

      GAs are required to remain in the building until each resident has checked out of the building and the building has been secured for the semester closing. The same is true for both the Thanksgiving and Spring Break closing. East Towers, West Towers, and Annex RAs may have to work holiday breaks.

      Do GAs get to choose which buildings they work in?

      No. If you are hired to be on staff, you will be placed in the best community that aligns with your strengths.