Housing, Dining & Residence Life (HDRL)

Resident Assistant (RA)

Resident Assistant Role

Resident Assistants (RAs) are integral to the operation of our residence halls, and therefore are asked to fill a variety of roles ranging from friend and resource to programmer and peer advisor. Please read the role description thoroughly in order to become more fully aware of the qualifications required. Also you are encouraged to speak with members of our current team during our RA information sessions.


Through the leadership section of the HDRL website you should be able to find the information needed to answer many of your questions and guide you through the selection process. In particular, it is important to review the RA role description, the selection timeline, the dates and times for all information sessions and the recommendation forms required for all new hire candidates. Please note that a new hire candidate file is considered to be complete only after both a successfully submitted online application and a letter of recommendation have been received.



As RAs serve in prominent roles on campus, we are committed to selecting only the most capable and dynamic staff members. Therefore, the selection process is designed to enable us to learn as much as possible about each candidate. Please give this careful consideration as you complete the online application and progress through the interview process. Getting to know you is key to making an appropriate fit for you and our staff.

Listed below is information about key components of the application process for new RAs, application deadline information, and other important links.

2015-2016 Academic Year Resident Assistant Selection Timeline

New Resident Assistant Applicants

Monday November 3, 2014
New Resident Assistant Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year made available online at 12:01am

Thursday January 15, 2015
Application Deadline for New RA role at 5:00pm.

Monday January 26, 2015  – Thursday January 29, 2015
First RA Interviews with New RA Candidates

Friday January 30, 2015
Second RA Interviews with New RA Candidates

Friday February 6, 2015
New RAs notified of their application status/placement at Noon

Returning Resident Assistant Intent to Return

Monday November 3, 2014
Returning Resident Assistant Intent to Return for the 2015-2016 academic year made available online at 12:01am

Monday December 15, 2014
Application Deadline for Returning RA role at 5:00pm.

Monday January 12, 2015 – Friday January 16, 2015
Returning RA interviews/conversations

Friday January 23, 2015
Returning RAs notified of their return status/placement at Noon.

Directions for the 2015-2016 Academic Year Resident Assistant Application
2015-2016 Academic Year Resident Assistant (RA) Application

Important links
Important Information for RAs Receiving Financial Aid from Duke
HDRL RA Role Description
RA & GR Selection FAQs

For more information, please send an email to rlselections@duke.edu or contact Assistant Dean Tyrone Jean at tyrone.jean@duke.edu.