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Student Staff in the College Houses:

Resident Advisors

There are many opportunities for gaining valuable experience as a student staff member in one of Penn's 12 College Houses. Graduate Associates (GAs), Resident Advisors (RAs), House Managers, and Information Technology Advisors (ITAs) each live in a College House, and provide counseling, academic support, supervision and activities for resident students.

College Houses have diverse teams of undergraduate Resident Advisors (or RAs) in addition to GAs, who advise and support the programming initiatives of the community. The peer support offered by an RA can be an invaluable resource to new students looking for guidance or support from someone close in age and outlook.

Click here to begin or continue an RA application.

Becoming a Resident Advisor

Letter from the Directors of College Houses and Academic Services

Resident Advisors: Role, Qualifications, and Room and Community Building Dining Allocation 

Position Description and Contract PDF

Financial Aid Information for RA applicants

Residential programs and number of RA positions in each College House

Information Sessions and Important Dates for RA applicants

Frequently Asked Questions for RA positions


Application Process

How to apply: Application procedures

Application checklist


Post-Application Process: What Happens Next

Interviews, Notifications and Acceptance

Living on campus even if you're not appointed


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