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RA Application Process

The selection process is a three-part process, consisting of a written application (including essay questions, a resume and a recommendation form), a group interview and an individual interview.

All communication with applicants will be done via University email. Applicants are encouraged to check your email regularly to ensure successful participation in the Selection process.

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(available November 7)

Written Application

The written application will be available on November 7, 2016. Please check this page or our Facebook Facebook page for updates.

The application due date is Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 12:00 noon for all candidates.

If you are applying to be an RA in a Residential College (Brown, Hereford, or the IRC) or Language House (French, Shea or Spanish), you must first be accepted as a resident in the area. Also, applicants for Residential Colleges and Language Houses must complete an additional question pertaining to their residence area of interest.

Each part of the application will be carefully reviewed and evaluated. You are encouraged to take significant care in the preparation of your application. Make sure to spell-check and "grammar-check" before submitting. No late materials (application forms, resumes, or recommendations) will be accepted.


Successful applicants will be invited to participate in an individual interview and a group interview. Individual interviews consist of each candidate being interviewed by a panel of current Resident Staff members. In the group interviews you will be asked to focus on specific tasks or solve specific problems as a member of a group. Interviews will take place according to the following schedule:

  • Residential Colleges and Language Houses:
    Tuesday, January 24 - Wednesday, January 25: Interview Sign-Ups
    Saturday, January 28: Individual and Group Interviews

  • New Student and Upperclass Apartment Areas:
    Wednesday, February 1 - Friday, February 3: Individual Interview Sign-Ups
    Friday, February 17 - Sunday, February 19: Individual Interviews
    Wednesday, February 22: Group Interview Sign-Ups
    Sunday, February 25: Group Interviews

Only applicants who have submitted a completed written application and meet all eligibility requirements will be invited to interview. If invited to interview, you will be notified by email and provided with information about interview times.

Essay Writing, Resume and Interview Support

Need help with your application essay? The UVA Writing Center provides support for "drafting, revision, argument structure, and other special concerns." Please visit the Writing Center website or call 434-934-6678 to make an appointment. The writing center is located at 314 Bryan Hall.

We will hold a written application workshop on Monday, November 28th from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. We will also hold an interview workshop, time and date TBD.

For more help constructing a resume or for interview tips please take advantage of the University Career Center. You can browse their website, visit them at Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium, or call 434-924-8900 for one-on-one assistance.  The Career Center resume guide offers useful advice on writing a strong resume.

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