Become a Resident Assistant

Join the first line of student resident support.

The Resident Assistant (RA) is an undergraduate part-time student staff member of the Office of Residence Life & University Housing. The primary function of the RA role is to facilitate interpersonal relationships and to create living communities that maximize the opportunities for students to learn and grow. The RA reports to the Graduate Resident Assistant (GRA) and Building Hall Manager and is expected to work closely with other staff members within the building, as well as, across campus. 

General Requirements

  • Be a full-time student at Howard University
  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA upon application, and maintain 2.5 GPA or better each semester
  • Cannot be on any type of University probation and hold the RA position at the same time
  • Must have a clean conduct history 
  • Serve as an RA for the entire academic year 

Responsibilities

The primary function of the RA role is to facilitate interpersonal relationships and to create living communities that maximize the opportunities for students to learn and grow. The RA reports to the Graduate Resident Assistant (GRA) and Building Hall Manager and is expected to work closely with other staff members within the building, as well as, across campus. 

Compensation

  • A room, including cable, internet, on-site laundry
  • Bi-weekly stipend

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.

Training

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

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

New RA recruitment takes place each spring semester.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Are RAs allowed to hold outside employment?

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

Do RAs 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.