Housing & Residence Life

Resident Assistant (RA)

2019/2020 Academic Year RA Application Information 

Resident Assistants (RAs) are integral to the operation of our residence halls, and therefore are asked to fill a variety of roles ranging anywhere from peer mentor to programmer to campus resource to peer advisor. We encourage you to read the Resident Assistant Role Description to become more aware of the qualifications desired. In addition, we encourage you to reach out to your RA or any RA you may know to learn more about the role. 

Please find the information needed to answer questions and guide you through the selection process. It is important to review the selection timeline, and the dates and times for information sessions as well as other important resources you will need to complete the application, including individuals willing to serve as references for you. Please note that a candidate file is considered complete once a successfully submitted online application is received.

The Resident Assistant application is currently available at the Housing Portal and will remain open until Monday, January 21, 2019.

Questions? Contact rlselections@duke.edu

RAs serve in an important leadership role on campus. We are committed to selecting 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 hiring individuals who will be successful in the role, and a vital member of our staff teams.

Resident Assistant Role Description
Resident Assistant Role Description

The application for the 2019-2020 academic year will open on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 and will close Monday, January 21, 2019. You may access the application on the Housing Portal:

This application will take, on average, 60 minutes to complete. References may be contacted periodically during the application period. Please be sure you have made them aware that they are serving as your reference before you submit your application.

Candidate applications are reviewed by the Residence Life team (Residence Coordinators and Campus Deans).  Applications are considered based on the quality of application responses and eligibility for the position.

Candidates invited to interview for the RA role will be sent an invitation to schedule an interview. Dates are noted on the selection timeline.  Please keep an eye on your Duke email.

The selection of candidates who have interviewed will occur on Thursday, February 14 with offers extended on February 15.  Candidates selected will have until February 22 to confirm acceptance to the role.  All 19-20 RAs will be expected to return to campus to move into their RA role on Friday, August 9, 2019. Training schedules will be distributed at a later date.

Resident Assistants receive a stipend that is divided into four payments throughout the year. Additionally, they receive free on campus housing and a meal allotment. The meal allotment is not considered a full meal plan. Its purpose is to provide RAs with food points so they can dine with residents. RAs typically supplement the meal allotment with their own funds.

Financial Implication of Role Benefits:

The financial benefits of the Resident Assistant role may impact one’s financial aid package. HRL is required to provide financial details for the RA role to the Office of Financial Aid. We encourage you to contact the Office of Financial Aid at Duke with your questions. They have provided some examples and information on their website.

Eligibility Questions

I currently do not have a 2.5 GPA.  Am I eligible to be a Resident Assistant?

No. In order to be eligible to be interviewed, a candidate must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA. HRL reviews the GPA of all candidates prior to the interview process after applications have been submitted. 

I am currently on disciplinary probation through the Office of Student Conduct.  Am I eligible to be an RA?

No.  In order to be interviewed, a candidate must be in good standing with the University.  HRL facilitates a student conduct check on each candidate prior to the interview process. 

I am a rising Sophomore; may I serve as a RA on the Upperclass Campus?

Yes, however there are a limited number of positions available.

I work about 10 hours/week for another department, can I still be a RA?

Yes, however employment in other departments must be pre-approved by your Residence Coordinator. We estimate that a RA will spend approximately 15 hours/week in the role and we want to be certain you are able to manage your academic commitments and RA commitments

I am not available for RA training in August.  Can I still apply?

No (and yes).  It is required for all Resident Assistants to attend training. HRL does allow for RAs to apply for exceptions to be absent from training for specific academically related reasons. 

Graduate Student Specific Questions

I am a current or incoming graduate student. Can I apply to be a Resident Assistant?

Yes. Graduate students may apply.

If I am an incoming Duke graduate student and have not received admission, can I apply for a role?

Yes, you may apply for the RA even if you have not yet received admission into a Duke graduate program. If you are selected for the role, your selection will be conditional upon your acceptance into a Duke graduate program.

I am a partnered Duke graduate student; can my partner live on campus if I’m selected for the position?

Partnered Duke graduate students may apply for the RA role, however if partnered, you would only be eligible for positions in our apartment style communities.

Study Away Questions

I have been invited to interview for the RA role, however am currently studying abroad. How can I interview for the role?

If you are currently studying abroad, have applied to a role, and have been invited to interview, we will conduct video interviews. You will be provided with an opportunity to indicate how we can contact you during the selections process.

If I am studying abroad in the fall semester and would like to be a RA for the spring semester, how do I apply?

The application process is the same, however if selected, you’ll be placed in the priority alternate pool after completing the RA Leadership Institute (RALI).