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Resident Assistants


Resident Assistants possess strong leadership skills and a commitment to building quality relationships in not only their residential community, but all across the Binghamton University campus. RAs play an integral part in the overall operation of the residence halls. Primarily, the RA is concerned with the growth and development of each individual on their floor and the building community as a whole. Additionally, RAs are continually striving to enhance the quality of life for those residents. This includes planning programs, promoting diversity and inclusion, assisting with personal and professional growth, and most importantly enjoying their time at Binghamton University. It's a fun and rewarding job with many benefits.

Job Description

Responsibilities of a Resident Assistant will vary based on the differing needs of each community. RAs are expected to demonstrate skills in; flexibility, critical thinking, teamwork, ability to work under pressure, community development skills, time management skills, ability to perform administrative functions, professionalism, self-awareness and ability to take feedback. The RA reports to a Resident Director or Community Director in their area. Specifically, RA responsibilities are listed in the RA Performance Program.

Last Information Session

For spring admits and transfers who missed the RA Selection process in the fall:

Wed., January 17 at 7 p.m. in Johnson Hall Great Room

To be eligible to apply, you must attend this information session. Bring your BU ID and arrive early - doors close promptly at 7 p.m.!

Application Requirements

  • Must have and maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Attend one of the two information sessions
  • May be a part-time or full-time student to apply but must be full-time if hired
  • Have lived on campus for at least 1 full semester before applying (first-year students can apply if they have lived on campus)
  • Good Standing in Student Conduct – if you're on an active sanction that concludes by February 26, you may still apply

Important Notes

  • Sign up for housing accordingly as if you were not applying for the process
    • If you are hired into the role, your space may or may not be offered to other suite mates or flat mates at the discretion of the area office
  • Though you will list your community preferences on the form, you are not guaranteed a specific community
  • Depending on the community that one lives in, the RA may share common spaces with residents (bathroom, suite common room)
    • If hired, RA's may request a gender inclusive suite
  • Applicants are not hired for specific learning communities but once hired, if an RA is interested, they should talk to the professional staff of that community.

How to Apply


The application will ask you about community preferences. Rank the communities on where you think you would be the best fit. Preferences are not guaranteed. You will receive an email by January 8th if you will be moving forward in the RA Selection process. For more information on the communities visit the community showcase on November 12th or checkout our Snapchat Takeovers on BingBearcats!


You need 2 references who can speak to your ability to perform the RA job, keeping in mind the qualities listed in the "Job Description" section on the Resident Assistant home page. One reference must be a Binghamton University professional. This may include but is not limited to: Resident Assistants, Resident Directors/Community Directors, Assistant Residential Coordinators/Assistant Community Directors, Counselors, Professors, Graduate TA's (not undergraduate TA's), Collegiate Professors etc. The second reference may also be a Binghamton professional but does not have to be. This reference may be a former supervisor, coach, teacher etc. When you have determined your two references, please submit their names and emails through the application link. The reference form will then be sent to them automatically. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that references complete the form by the application deadline, December 1st.

Involvement Transcript

  • Log into Bengaged using your Pods Username and Password

Please feel free to add additional involvement to your BEngaged transcript.

Personal Statement

  • A brief explanation as to why you're interested in the RA position. Maximum 300 words

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • November 5, 8 p.m. Lecture Hall - Information Session 1*
  • November 6, 8 p.m. Lecture Hall – Information Session 2*
  • November 6 – Application Opens
  • November 12, 7 p.m. Old Union Hall – RA Community Showcase
  • November 12, 4 p.m. in UU215 – Resume Workshop
  • November 13, 8 p.m. in UU206 – Resume Workshop
  • December 1 – Applications Due
  • January 28 – Group Process*
  • February 1 – Interview Day 1
  • February 2 – Interview Day 2

* It is mandatory that all applicants attend 1 info session.

* Applicants will receive specific date and time of interview in their Binghamton email after all

* Dress code is Business Casual – If dress accommodations are needed please check out YWCA's Perfectly Suited Program

Last Updated: 1/5/18