Become an RA

RA staff

On college campuses across the nation, the Resident Advisor position is one of the most well-known and sought-after student leadership experiences. In this job, you will be able to:

  • Gain hands-on leadership experience
  • Sharpen your interpersonal skills
  • Deepen your self-knowledge through a mentoring relationship
  • Attain valuable work experience transferable to future employment
  • Experience the value of being part of a team
  • Give back to your fellow students and to Biola
  • ...and get paid for it!

What Does an RA Do?

The mission of Residence Life is to develop co-curricular education by cultivating transformational relationships, inclusive environments, and enriching programs — emphasizing residential communities as our classroom for student flourishing.

Under the supervision of the Resident Director, the RA contributes to developing students of character by:

  • intentionally engaging peers in conversation,
  • developing relationships with residents,
  • providing opportunities for residents to interact and form friendships,
  • planning programs that promote growth,
  • being an accessible campus resource,
  • administering care in conflict and crisis situations.

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RA Minimum Requirements

If you're thinking about applying to be an RA, you need to be able to answer "yes" to the following questions. You'll find out more during the application process and information sessions.

  1. Do you currently have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and take between 12–18 units per semester?
  2. Do you uphold and abide by all Biola policies and procedures, and serve as a good role model to other students?
  3. Will you be able to add 12 hours of RA work per week to your schedule?
  4. Will you be able to attend Spring Training on Saturday, March 14, 2020, from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.?
  5. Will you be able to attend staff meetings on Mondays from 3–6 p.m. during the 2020–2021 academic year?

Important Dates

  • Leadership Fair: November 20, 2019, at 1–4 p.m.
  • RA Info Night: November 21, 2019, Sutherland Auditorium at 9:30 p.m.
  • Application Deadline: December 13, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Group Process: January 21 or January 22, 2020
  • Individual Interviews: January 28–31, 2020
  • Offers Made: No later than Thursday, February 13, 2020

Next Steps

Ready? Get started with the RA application process!

Questions concerning RA Selection? Please email

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November 14, 2019
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