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Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants (RAs) are considered paraprofessional employees of the Department of Housing & Residential Life. They are exceptional students who have demonstrated leadership skills and are willing to take on a great amount of responsibility above their academic load. RAs are responsible for monitoring the safety and well-being of students in their assigned building, as well as providing social and educational programming opportunities that expand the student experience outside the classroom.

To become an RA, students must pass through a rigorous interview process and then complete the RA training program. RAs receive a room and board as compensation for this position.

The following qualifications must be met in order to serve in the RA position:

Commitment to Community: RAs must role model and demonstrate strength of character, good judgment, flexibility, responsibility, involvement and commitment to Residential Life and the University.

Course Load: Undergraduate RAs must carry a minimum of 12, but no more than 16, credit hours per semester. Exceptions for course loads over 16 credit hours must have prior approval of the Residence Director. Any Undergraduate RA in the final semester before graduation may carry fewer than 12 credits, but no fewer than 6 credits. Graduate RAs must carry a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester. Graduate RAs in the final semester before graduation may carry fewer than 9 credits.

Grade Point Average: RAs must hold a cumulative 2.75 Grade Point Average and be a full-time student throughout the time of application and appointment.

Enrollment Status: All candidates must be an enrolled full-time Northeastern University student for a minimum of one semester prior to applying for an RA position. A semester in the N.U.in program abroad counts as one semester.

University Standing: RAs must be in good standing at Northeastern University prior to and throughout the period of the position. Good standing is defined as: at least a 2.75 cumulative quality point average (QPA), no continuing record of student conduct sanctioning, no outstanding debt owed to Northeastern University, and having full-time student status and eligibility for housing.

Criminal Background Check: All RAs if offered a position will be required to complete a background check.

Looking to apply?

Our application process has closed. Please check back in late October 2017 for more information on our spring 2018 and 2018-2019 processes.

RA Application and Position Frequently Asked Questions

RA Application and Interview Tips

Want to learn more about our current RA staff? Please read our Departmental Resident Assistant Resume 2016-2017.

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 RA Position Selection Timeline

Date Deadlines and Time Frames
Monday, October 24, 2016 Applications for Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Academic Year Positions Are Available
Sunday, October 30, 2016 - Sunday, November 6, 2016 RA Information Sessions begin In Hall
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 Information Session #1 (campus-wide); 7:00 PM in West Village F 20
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Information Session #2 (campus-wide), 7:00 PM in Dodge Hall 050
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 New and Returning RA Applications for Fall 2017 close at 12:00 Noon
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - Friday, January 20, 2017 New RA Candidates Receive Interview Offers Via Email
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - Sunday, January 29, 2017 New RA Candidate Interviews: Individual/Group – Day 1 and 2
Monday, January 30, 2017 - Wednesday, February 8, 2017 New Candidate Phone/Skype RA Interviews for Study Abroad/Out of State Co-Op students
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 New and Returning RA Candidates Receive Decision Letter Emails
Friday, February 24, 2017 All Fall 2017 RA Agreements due by 12:00 PM
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (TENTATIVE DATE) All RAs must return to campus by 12:00 PM

If you have any questions regarding the RA position, please email residentassistant@northeastern.edu

Resident Student Association (RSA)

The RSA is the representative body of resident students at Northeastern. It is composed of members of every hall council, as well as an elected executive board. RSA works to improve the quality of life for all resident students at Northeastern University. This mission is completed through the planning and implementation of campus-wide events and through service on various University committees.

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The RSA plans programs for the resident population and represents students to the Department of Housing & Residential Life and the University administration on all issues dealing with student housing.


General Council

The general council is the main deliberating body of the RSA. It deals with issues and plans programs that involve all residence facilities. The general council is divided into four committees: administration, finance, programming, and housing services.

Hall Councils

Each residence hall or complex is served by one or more hall councils comprising at least four residents who live in that area. The members of hall council meet regularly to discuss issues affecting students in their area. They work with a professional staff member (who also acts as advisor) to improve the quality of life for their constituents.

In addition, hall councils are tasked with planning and implementing events for their fellow students, as well as purchasing equipment for student use, including board games, DVD collections, video game systems, and pool tables.

Events sponsored by hall councils include ski trips, paintball trips, movie nights, ice cream socials, and assorted competitions. The hall council program is overseen by the Resident Student Association in consultation with the Department of Housing & Residential Life.

National Residence Hall Honorary

The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) is an honor society consisting of the academic top one percent of residents within Northeastern's residence halls.