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Resident Advisor (RA) Application Procedures

Carefully review all the of the material at this website before applying for one or more of the College House positions. The Office of College Houses and Academic Services reserves the right to make changes to this application process.

Expectations associated with the RA position are clearly outlined in the Resident Advisor Position Description and Contract. Each House Dean may add additional expectations. Before accepting a position within a House you should make sure that you understand what those additional expectations may be.

Within the application you will have the opportunity to provide preference information. You are not required to do so. All RA applications are read and reviewed, and each College House Dean is responsible for the selection process for their House. Usually, several applications are received for every position available. The reviewers who must read and evaluate your application in conjunction with your interviews will prefer a carefully prepared and thoughtfully completed application. Be advised that submission of an application does not guarantee an interview for a position.

Additionally, there is no guarantee that selected candidates will necessarily be placed in their preferred locations. Only applicants of interest will be contacted.  If an applicant is interviewed they will be notified of their status (offer to appoint, no offer to appoint, waitlist) on January 26, 2018. Since all applications are reviewed, application information, including preferences, may not be changed.

Questions concerning the application and selection processes should be directed to the Office of College Houses and Academic Services, 3702 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6027, or via email at To ensure that you have completed procedures for the position(s) for which you are interested, please refer to the Application Checklist. 

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam Era Veteran or disabled veteran in the administration of educational policies, programs or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and loan awards; athletic, or other University administered programs or employment.

Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to:

Executive Director, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106 or by phone at (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).