Resident Advisors

The Office of Residential Life employs student staff members across our residence halls. The Resident Advisor (RA) represents the Department of Residential Life as a key staff member in its operations. Together, the Residential Fellow and Resident Advisor work with students to create and maintain an atmosphere that fosters a welcoming, inclusive and friendly community. The RA performs diverse responsibilities; acting as a role model, peer counselor, event planner, resource person, administrator, and crisis responder. For more information check out the RA job description. If you have questions about being an RA please feel free to e-mail

Apply to be part of the Residential Life Team!

Important Dates & Deadlines

Position Requirements

Student Staff members must meet the following terms of employment:

  • Must have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Be enrolled as full-time residential student.
  • Be available to attend all scheduled trainings and departmental meetings.
  • Be in good academic and judicial standing with Mount Holyoke College

Group Process

You will receive more information about Group Process Day and how you should prepare after you have turned in your application. Attending Group Process Day is mandatory for all applicants and you should plan accordingly. As a reminder, the date for Group Process is Saturday, March 20, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly does a Resident Advisor do?

In general, RAs work to build a positive community within the residence halls by being available and accessible to students, planning educational and social programs, responding to student needs and enforcing policy. RAs are role models for the entire campus community and have a unique opportunity to develop lots of skills that will help them to become well rounded leaders on campus. For the more specific details, please review the Resident Advisor Job Description.

How much time will it take to serve as a RA?

On average, the RA position will likely consume about 10 hours per week serving on duty, attending and facilitating meetings, planning and executing events and responding to the needs of residents. RAs cannot have additional on-campus employment. RAs involved with other campus employment or leadership opportunities are expected to speak to their RA before accepting the position. RAs are also expected to spend adequate time within their sections and residence halls to be visible, available and accessible to students in the community.

What is the compensation for a RA?

Standard RA compensation includes meals during training and staff attire. RAs receive additional compensation for attending all of training. RAs receive an increase in bi-weekly paycheck stipend that reflects years of staff experience. The table below reflects 2019-2020 pay rates*.

Position Yearly Compensation*
New Resident Advisor $3,500.00
2nd Year Resident Advisor $3,700.00
3rd Year Resident Advisor $3,900.00

How often will I be on duty?

Serve in the weekly duty rotation a minimum of 2 times a week per semester. On duty hours are 9 pm–1 am Friday and Saturday and 8-11 pm Sunday-Thursday.

Do I get to pick what building I live in?

No. We design each staff to be a cohesive team and build them around the nature and personality and needs of each building. If you have a compelling reason that you feel you would best fit a certain population, you will have a chance to share this during the application process.

Do I get a single room? Do I have to live in a single room?

All staff are given a single room so that you can have a private place for residents to approach you with any potential concerns. All staff must live in their assigned single room.

Do RAs come back early?

Yes! All RAs get to return to campus 3 days before the first move in day to assist with prepping the buildings for opening. This is a required aspect of the RA position.

What training is provided to RAs?

RAs are provided with approximately two weeks training and preparation time. In addition to ongoing training Wednesday evenings from 7-9 pm. This mandatory training period will include training on topics including position basics, emergency response procedure, program development, community building, Residential Life expectations and much more. The training period also includes opportunities for hands-on experience in the residence hall working to prepare the RA’s section and the building for residence hall opening and the 2021-2022 academic year. RAs are also required to be present and working in their assigned halls for new and returning student move-in. Winter training sessions will be held the week prior to student arrival.

Can I apply if I will be abroad for Spring or Fall?

Yes, you may still apply, just be sure to indicate your study abroad plans on your application.