Resident Assistants (RAs)

The 2022–2023 RA application process is now closed. Applicants will be notified of the next steps in the process.

Information about the 2023–2034 process will be posted in fall 2022.

Interested in becoming an RA?

We look for undergraduates who are excited to work with an engaged, intelligent and diverse student population. If you love Binghamton University and Residential Life, we encourage you to work with us!

  • Overview

    As an employee of the Department of Residential Life, Resident Assistants (RAs) contribute to the mission of Binghamton University and the Department of Residential Life through a curricular approach to learning in the residence halls. RAs support the residential curriculum by engaging students through our educational strategies and connecting them to campus resources. RAs emphasize belonging, well-being, life skills, and academic success in their communities. To effectively perform the Resident Assistant position, RAs agree and adhere to the duties, expectations, and requirements outlined in the attached document (RA Performance Program).

    The RA position is approximately a 20-hour-per-week position and consists of both “active” time (approximately 10 hours) and “available” time (approximately 10 hours). Active time involves, but is not limited to, the following: Bchats with residents, facilitating community gatherings/community builders, creating bulletin boards, office hours, special assignments, staff meetings, on-going training/staff development, one on one meetings with supervisor(s), duty, and administrative responsibilities.

    For the full RA Performance Program, download this pdf.

  • Remuneration

    • Meal Plan Subsidy: Each RA will be provided a “D” meal plan each semester in which they are employed. Once the semester’s allotment is depleted, they are responsible for adding additional money to their individual account. Since the balances at the end of the semester WILL NOT rollover, they are encouraged to carefully plan to use all the remaining funds.
    • Room: RAs will receive a single room and all services associated with that room rate at no cost. (RAs assigned to family apartments will be credited for a single bed and are charged for the balance of the apartment at the Family rate.)
    • Financial Aid: Acceptance of the RA position may affect the total financial aid package. Contact the Financial Aid Office for further information.
  • Application Requirements
    • Must have and maintain a 2.5 GPA
    • Must be a full-time student to apply and must also be full-time during employment if hired
    • Have lived on campus for at least 1 full semester before assuming the role (first-year students can apply if they currently live on campus)
    • Good standing in Student Conduct at time of job offer


Contact the RA Selection Committee,