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Resident Advisor Application Checklist

Please be sure to complete all requirements for each position for which you are applying. Use the following checklist to assist you:


RA Personal Information

A carefully prepared "letter of application" that specifies your reason for seeking the position, your relevant knowledge, experience, skills, accomplishments and what you hope to contribute to the College House. If you stated preferences for individual Houses or programs you may want to address your skills and interest in a separate paragraph.

Submit a current résumé which highlights experiences compatible with the Resident Advisor position responsibilities.

Two Recommendations 

Academic Reference: This might be your academic advisor, your major advisor, department chair, a professor, or a TA who is very familiar with your academic work.  This person should be able to speak to your ability to maintain your academic standing and serve as a role model while serving in the RA position. 

Professional and/or Peer Reference:  ​This might come from a professional or peer who can comment on your qualifications for a residential position in terms of job-related skills.  It may come from a faculty member, administrator, employer, or any individual who has supervised your academic, paid or volunteer work.  It may come from a peer or residential staff member who can comment on your potential based primarily upon non-social contact (e.g. class projects, University organizations or as a supervisor).  If you are employed by the House Dean's office (e.g. as a manager, office worker, etc.) this reference must come from your current House Dean.

Both recommendations must specifically address your readiness to assume the Resident Advisor role at the University of Pennsylvania.  

Applicants who are currently working as Resident Advisors but who wish to be considered for positions in other Houses must submit a letter of support from their current House Dean.

If the person you have asked to write a letter for you needs guidance concerning the letter of reference, please refer them to this page:

RA recommendations are due by Thursday, January 11, 2018.