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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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Written Application

The written application was released on November 16, 2015. Please check this page or our Facebook Facebook page for updates.

Application due dates are:

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 12:00 noon for RAs in Focused Areas
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 12:00 noon for First Year Areas or Upperclass Areas

If you are applying to be an RA in a Focused Area, you must first be accepted into the area. Also, applicants for Focused Areas must complete the Resident Advisor Selections Application form first, then the Focused Area Supplemental Application form.

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:

Focused Areas:
1/27-28: Interview Sign-Ups
1/30: Group Interviews
1/31: Individual Interviews
First Year and Upperclass Areas:
2/5-2/8: Individual Interview Sign-Ups
2/19-21: Individual Interviews
2/25-2/26: Group Interview Sign-Ups
2/28: 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.

Application Tips

Essay Writing 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.

Resume and Interview Support

We will hold a resume workshop on November 17, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. at Nau 211 and a Personal Statement Writing Workshop on December 1, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at Monroe 124. We will also hold an interview workshop on January 27, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at Clark G004.

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.

"I would tell anyone applying to be him or herself and not to worry about what they think we are looking for because there is no specific person out there. RAs are a diverse group of people, which is the greatest part of being on staff :)"
-Maryam, Engineering '14

"Approach the process with an open mind! Each part of the process presents a really great opportunity to learn from experienced RAs and to reflect on what you envision your own experience will become, if selected."
-Bryan, Comm '14

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