Resident Assistant

PLEASE NOTE: We are no longer accepting applications for RAs for the 2016-17 school year.

Here are a few perks of being an RA:

  • Earn $1,500 PLUS room and board!
  • Gain valuable leadership skills
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Learn time management and communication
  • Learn to plan events

Learn more about the RA position by viewing our RA Selection Booklet (PDF).

Position Description

Access the position description (PDF)

RA Reference Form

Access the Reference form

Each candidate is required to have a current RA fill out the RA Reference Form. If you do not currently live on campus, a former CA is also acceptable.  All RA Reference Forms are due by 11:59 PM on January 25, 2016.

Important Information

Early Return to Campus

Please note that all RA staff are required to move back to campus on prior to the start of the academic year. International students who are RAs may begin to move back on Friday, August 26, 2016. Domestic students should plan to move in on Sunday, August 28 before 6:00 PM. The first day of training Sunday August 28, 2016 at 6:00 PM. RA staff are not permitted to participate in other activities throughout RA training and openings, August 28, 2015-September 20, 2016.

Residential Life invites you to approach us early in the application process and contact AccessibleNU (; 847-467-5530) if you think you may require a housing accommodation. In addition, we welcome you to work with us and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (; 847-491-7458) if you think you may require a work-related accommodation.

RA Financial Aid information

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Residential Services hires students who have the potential to be successful in all communities. If you are selected for an RA position, we will consider your preferences when making hiring and placement decisions; however, we will place departmental needs before RA candidate preferences. Once you have submitted your application, you may not change your preferences. RA staff will learn their area, building, and room placement prior to the end of the academic year.

Interview Skills Workshops

Residential Services and Northwestern Career Advancement offer three optional Interview Skills Workshops for NEW RA candidates. RA candidates are highly encouraged to attend one of the Interview Skills Workshops. Below are the three RA Interview Skills options. Locations will be announced in early 2016.

  • Tuesday, Jan 26 from 6:00-7:30 PM
  • Thursday, Jan 28 from 7:00-8:30 PM
  • Monday, Feb 1 from 7:30-9:00 PM

To sign up to attend a workshop, register here.