The foundation of our residence hall program is the RA position. RAs are members of a community of student leaders who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our residential students at Villanova. As mentors, RAs assist others in making our residence halls a place to call home. If you become a RA, you will be challenged but also rewarded in many ways.
Benefits of Becoming an RA
Resident Assistants in the traditional residence halls receive a waiver of room charges and an Alternative meal plan. Resident Assistants in the apartments receive a waiver of room charges and a Commuter Extra meal plan. In addition, RAs return to campus a week before classes begin in August to receive intensive training in conflict resolution, crisis management, leadership, programming, counseling, and more. The experience of being a leader and helper among peers is often the most rewarding benefit of the position.
Eligibility to Become an RA
RAs at Villanova are sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students who demonstrate exceptional leadership and interpersonal, organizational, and decision-making skills. To receive full consideration for an RA position, applicants must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA and be in good disciplinary standing. Because of the academic demands of the Law School, first year Law students are generally discouraged from applying. Any student who is interested in participating in a semester-long RA preparation program is encouraged to first apply for the RA Mentor Program (RAMP) RA Mentor Program (RAMP) to develop the skills necessary for the RA position.