Be an RA!

The Office of Residential Life and Learning is currently recruiting for student leadership positions for the 2020-21 academic year! Our student staff members gain invaluable leadership experience, incredible opportunities to support their peers and others on campus, and excellent skills that are transferrable to life at Tufts and beyond.

Resident Assistants (RAs) are the cornerstone of our residential community, and we want you to join our team. Make your community matter!

View the 2021-2022 RA Position Description   

To apply for the RA position, candidates will submit a written application and participate in a 30-minute interview. 

Application: Applications will open on December 1st, 2020. All applications are due by February 5th, 2021! Make sure to get your application in as soon as possible. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Tim Jordan, Assistant Director of Residential Education.

Fill out the 2021-2022 RA Application   

Interviews: Single round interviews will occur the week of February 8th. These thirty minute interviews will include the applicant, a student staff member and a professional staff member. Our office is partnering with the Career Center to offer interview workshops and one-on-one opportunities for students interested in preparing for interviews.

Selection Timeline

December 1st: Application Opens

January 29th: Housing Application Due

February 5th: RA Applications Due

February 8-19th: RA Interviews

March 4th: Position Offers go out

March 8th: Position acceptances due

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility for the Position

All Tufts students who are in good standing with the university (cannot be on disciplinary probation or suspension) can apply for the RA position, provided they carry a 2.5 GPA and plan to take a full course load while serving in the position (12-18 SHUs)

  • If I am a first year remote student, am I eligible to apply? Yes – since you have taken a full academic year of courses at Tufts you are eligible to apply as an RA.
  • If I am an incoming transfer student, am I eligible to apply? No, transfer students must be Tufts students for at least one semester before they are eligible to become an RA.
  • If I am a graduate student, am I eligible to apply? The graduate student application process is separate from the undergraduate application process. Please contact Timothy.jordan@tufts.edu for more information regarding the graduate RA opportunity.
  • If I plan to study abroad in the 2021-2022 academic year, am I eligible to apply? If you are studying abroad in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022, you can still apply to be an RA! We do take study abroad into account in the selection process, but will hire students for one semester if they are the best fit for a community. If you are studying abroad in the Fall and do well in our process, you will not receive an offer for spring until later in the Fall and should expect to receive an alternate offer when offers are announced in early March

The Application Process
  • Do I have to dress up for the interview? Our advice is that you look presentable, i.e no sweatpants or clothes with holes in them. There is no need or requirement for business professional attire such as ties, blazers, etc.

  • Can I choose where I will be an RA? No, students will not be able to select their own placement. We will ask them about their preferences and take those into account along with where we see their strengths aligning.

  • Last year there was a checklist/additional items, do I need to complete those additional tasks? No. We have scaled back our process due to the pandemic and time constraints of a longer winter break.

  • How do I sign up for an interview? Interview details will be sent to all applicants on the week of Febuary 5th for students to sign up for an interview time that works for their schedule.

  • When will I know if I have been offered a position? Our current goal is to submit position offers on March 4th, 2021. Students will receive offers for placement and offers for alternate status on that day.

Financial Aid and Housing Assignments
  • Do I still need to sign up for the housing lottery? If you are interested in living on campus, regardless of whether or not you are hired as an RA, you should apply for housing. If you are a rising sophomore you should be applying for housing since you are required to live on campus. If you are only interested in living on campus if you are hired you don’t have to worry about the housing application for now.

  • If I need any housing accommodations, how does that work? Students who are in need of a housing accommodation that may impact where they can be placed should register their need with the StAAR Center ASAP. Our office will work in partnership with the StAAR center to accommodate documented accommodations prior to the placement process.

  • How will being an RA impact financial aid?

    • Our policy is that there will be no impact on financial aid for any domestic student who is chosen as an RAs.
    • For high need international students (for whom financial aid had already covered all of their costs), there could be some loss of financial aid funds as a result of getting a free room as an RA. 
    • High need international students who are considering being an RA can contact the aid office for further details.
Miscellaneous Questions
  • Can I choose where I will be an RA? No, students will not be able to select their own placement. We will ask them about their preferences and take those into account along with where we see their strengths aligning.

  • How does COVID impact the RA position? The spirit of the RA position remains the same as every - our staff helps build safe and inclusive communities for students to thrive. During the COVID-19 pandemic, RAs have continued to abide by all of the policies put in place to keep Tufts safe. Staff has been fully equipped with the PPE they need to complete their roles, and protocol has been updated to ensure staff does not become a close contact as a result of their role. This year has truly highlighted the need for RAs, as their support and engagement with residents has helped make the most of a difficult situation.

  • What if I have a question that was not answered here? Have them reach out to Nadia (Nadia.vargas@tufts.edu) or myself (timothy.jordan@tufts.edu)