Come to an information session to find out more and apply to be a Resident Advisor and House Supervisor!

  • September 10, 11, 12, 8-9 p.m. - Cochrane Family Room
  • September 25, 26, 27, 9-10 p.m. - Newman Library Multipurpose Room
  • October 8, 9, 10, 8-9 p.m. - Payne Seminar Room
  • October 23, 24, 25, 8-9 p.m. - Squires Black Cultural Center

Earnings may affect the amount of aid a student receives for the academic year. In addition, the room scholarship is similar to any other scholarship and may impact a student's financial aid package. Should you have any specific questions, they should be directed to your assigned financial aid counselor in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. This analysis is strongly recommended prior to accepting any offer of employment.

All applicants must have a minimum cumulative and semester grade point average (GPA) of 2.5. The minimum must be maintained, although a higher average is encouraged. Whenever a RA's GPA falls below a 2.5 or earns less than 2.5 for two consecutive semesters, he or she can be suspended from the position until grades meet or exceed the requirement.  

Applicants must live on Virginia Tech's campus for two semesters before they are eligible for employment. Applicants for the position must be a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student at the time of employment in August, or have a minimum of 30 hours and/or two semesters of on-campus residency at Virginia Tech.

Contact housing ( or 540-231-6205) with any specific questions or concerns.

A candidate must maintain good academic and conduct standing with the University (not currently on an active conduct status sanction), and also pass a comprehensive background check.

R.A.s receive 18 consecutive payments during the academic year, paid twice per month to the individual. 

Applicants that accept the postiion receive a full room scholarship for the duration of the employment contract period, but are responsible for purchaing a meal plan at their own expense. The total of the compensation plan is equal to the approximate cost of room plus board. 

R.A.s are given the opportunity to build skills needed to develop personally and professionally. You will receive ongoing training in leadership and communication, and learn skills like mediating a conversation or conflict situation. 

R.A.s also benefit from resume development and evaluation, setting goals and developing a comprehensive plan to be successful in the position. Being an R.A gives you the space and time to think about what you're good at. You will develop relational skills through working with people different from you, and you'll work on a staff, and one-on-one with your supervisor, to develop professionally. Regular feedback is given to staff members, including a performance review at the end of the year designed to highlight your strengths and help you understand how to improve professionally.



Housing and residence life assigns R.A.s to specific residence halls and rooms. Assignments are based on staff and community needs. Students who request special accommodations, including air conditioning, must be certified under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through Services for Students with Disabilities. The certification must be complete prior to April 1. Certification under the ADA is information recorded in the permanent student record. For more questions or clarification, please e-mail

Co-curricular Activities

Being a successful resident advisor takes a great deal of effort; however, we realize that R.A.s are often key leaders on campus. We encourage each R.A. to be involved in other campus activities and organizations. Additional employment, student teaching, or significant involvement in an organization or other co-curricular activity requires approval by the supervisor in advance.

Duty Hours

R.A.s are expected to be available for a minimum of four nights per week and are required to serve scheduled weekday and weekend duty. During duty shifts, R.A.s are required to remain in the building from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., with support duty hours also occurring from 7 to 8 am and 5 to 6 pm on weekdays and 24 hours on weekends. The frequency of duty will vary from building to building depending on the size of the staff.

Principles of Peer Leadership Course

All new R.A.s are required to enroll in the academic course, Principles of Peer Leadership. This three-credit course will be conducted during the spring semester prior to the first semester of employment and satisfactory performance is required to hold a position for the academic year.

Job Performance Evaluation

R.A.s are formally evaluated during the fall and spring semesters by his or her residents, supervisor, and informally by himself or herself. R.A.s are required to work with their supervisors to develop a comprehensive plan to be successful in the position. Regular feedback is given to staff members so that they are aware of their performance.

Leaves of Absence from Campus

R.A.s are expected to be on assignment whenever the residence halls are open, including a few days before the halls are opened and after the last day of closing. Some residence halls (Newman, Hillcrest, Cochrane, East Ambler Johnston, Main Campbell, and the Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown) are open during academic breaks and staffs assigned to work in these buildings are expected to participate in staffing during these periods. Exceptions to the standard leave policy must be cleared in advance with your respective supervisor.


R.A.s will start the school year with temporary roommates. As occupancy permits, temporary roommates will be re-assigned, providing R.A.s with a single-occupancy room. Staff will be given prior notification regarding the occupancy status at the August opening, but should expect to have a temporary roommate for the duration of the fall semester.


All R.A.s are required to participate in the Fall Training and Leadership Workshop, held in August. R.A.s are also required to participate in the Winter Training and Leadership Workshop, held prior to spring check-in.