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Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants (RAs) are considered paraprofessional employees of the Department of Housing & Residential Life. They are exceptional students who have demonstrated leadership skills and are willing to take on a great amount of responsibility above their academic load. RAs are responsible for monitoring the safety and well-being of students in their assigned building, as well as providing social and educational programming opportunities that expand the student experience outside the classroom.

To become an RA, students must pass through a rigorous interview process and then complete the RA training program. RAs receive a room and board as compensation for this position.

The following qualifications must be met in order to serve in the RA position:

Commitment to community: RAs must role model and demonstrate strength of character, good judgment, flexibility, responsibility, involvement and commitment to Residential Life and the University.

Course Load: Undergraduate RAs must carry a minimum of 12, but no more than 16, credit hours per semester. Exceptions for course loads over 16 credit hours must have prior approval of the Residence Director. Any Undergraduate RA in the final semester before graduation may carry fewer than 12 credits, but no fewer than 6 credits. Graduate RAs must carry a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester. Graduate RAs in the final semester before graduation may carry fewer than 9 credits.

Grade Point Average: RAs must hold a cumulative 2.5 Grade Point Average and be a full-time student throughout the time of application and appointment.

University Standing: RAs must be in good standing at Northeastern University prior to and throughout the period of the position. Good standing is defined as: at least a 2.5 cumulative quality point average (QPA), no continuing record of student conduct sanctioning, no outstanding debt owed to Northeastern University, and having full-time student status and eligibility for housing.

Criminal Background Check: All RAs if offered a position will be required to complete a background check

Timeline for Spring 2016 Positions (JANUARY START)
Monday, October 26, 2015 Application Opens
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at Noon Application Closes
Thursday, November 12, 2015 – Friday, November 13, 2015 Candidates Receive Interview Offers via email
Monday, November 16, 2015 – Tuesday, November 24, 2015 Interviews
Friday, December 4, 2015 – Tuesday, December 8, 2015 Candidates Receive Decision Letter Emails
**If you are hired for a Spring 2016 Position,
you must be available for training beginning January 4, 2016.**

Note: Current 1st year students are not eligible to apply for a Spring 2016 position.  1st Year students can apply for the Fall 2016 Process.

Timeline for Fall 2016 positions (AUGUST start)
Monday, October 26, 2015 New and Returning RA Applications available for Fall 2016
Sunday, November 1, 2015 - Sunday, November 8, 2015 Information Sessions Begin (In-Hall)
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Information Session #1 (campus-wide); 7:00 PM in the LLC (to the right of Stetson East Dining Hall)
Monday, December 7, 2015 Information Session #2 (campus-wide); 7:00 PM in 105 Shillman
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 New and Returning RA Applications for Fall 2016 close at 12:00 Noon
Thursday, January 21, 2016 - Friday, January 22, 2016 New RA Candidates Receive Interview Offers Via Email
Saturday, January 30, 2016 - Sunday, January 31, 2016 New RA Candidate Interviews
Monday, February 1, 2016 - Wednesday, February 10, 2016 New Candidate Phone/Skype RA Interviews (Out of Boston Co-Op/Study Abroad Applicants Only)
Week of Monday, February 10 - Friday, February 19, 2016 New and Returning RA Candidates Receive Decision Letter Emails
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 All Fall 2016 RA Agreements due by 5:00 PM

Looking to apply?

To apply for an RA position and access the application, please visit:  and follow the directions in the RA Application Walkthrough PDF

Tips for a Strong RA Application

If you have any questions regarding the RA position, please email

Resident Student Association (RSA)

The RSA is the representative body of resident students at Northeastern. It is composed of members of every hall council, as well as an elected executive board. RSA works to improve the quality of life for all resident students at Northeastern University. This mission is completed through the planning and implementation of campus-wide events and through service on various University committees.

Stetson West, Suite 128
(send mail to 4 Speare Hall)
(617) 373-8682 (voice)
(617) 373-7538 (fax)

The RSA plans programs for the resident population and represents students to the Department of Housing & Residential Life and the University administration on all issues dealing with student housing.


General Council

The general council is the main deliberating body of the RSA. It deals with issues and plans programs that involve all residence facilities. The general council is divided into four committees: administration, finance, programming, and housing services.

Hall Councils

Each residence hall or complex is served by one or more hall councils comprising at least four residents who live in that area. The members of hall council meet regularly to discuss issues affecting students in their area. They work with a professional staff member (who also acts as advisor) to improve the quality of life for their constituents.

In addition, hall councils are tasked with planning and implementing events for their fellow students, as well as purchasing equipment for student use, including board games, DVD collections, video game systems, and pool tables.

Events sponsored by hall councils include ski trips, paintball trips, movie nights, ice cream socials, and assorted competitions. The hall council program is overseen by the Resident Student Association in consultation with the Department of Housing & Residential Life.

National Residence Hall Honorary

The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) is an honor society consisting of the academic top one percent of residents within Northeastern's residence halls.


4 Speare Commons
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115-5000

Call: (617) 373-2814

--Speare Commons Hours--
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday: Closed

NOTE: Our office will close at 5:00pm on Wednesday 11/25 and will re-open at 8:30am on Monday 11/30.

360 Huntington Ave., Boston, Massachusetts 02115617.373.2000TTY 617.373.3768
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