Application Process Prospective Villanova Students

Steps to Guide you through the Application Process

If you are not currently a Villanova student but will be beginning graduate work here in the fall, the following is an outline of the Resident Assistant Selection Process. Graduate students interested in applying to be a Resident Assistant should review the following information carefully.  Due to the time-consuming nature of both the RA position and the Law program, first-year Law students are generally discouraged from applying.

Please note that Graduate Resident Director/Head Resident positions are generally reserved for students who have at least one year of experience as a Reisdent Assitant. Applicants with previous RA experience who are seeking full-time graduate studies at Villanova who wish to be considered for a Graduate Resident Director/Head Resident position should contact Sarah Piff at to learn more about available opportunities.

1.  Attend an Informational Meeting

We strongly encourage all students interested in applying for a Residence Staff position to attend one of the three information sessions being held.  View the Key Dates Calendar for deadlines.

2.  Read the RA Information

In order to fully understand the responsibilities associated with the RA position, we strongly encourage you to carefully read all information on this site especially the Resident Assistant job description.

3.  Download the Application and Sign Up For An Interview Time

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Download the RA Application

You can either download, complete and email the application to, or print, complete and mail the application to:

Office for Residence Life
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA  19085

If you have difficulty downloading the application or have any questions about the form, you can receive assistance in the Office for Residence Life in Kennedy Hall, by calling 610-519-4154, or by emailing

4.  The Interview Process

Prior to your interview, please take some time to review the Villanova University Mission Statement and the Office for Residence Life Mission Statement.

Your RA interview will last approximately 2 hours in either a morning or afternoon session. The interview consists of both an individual interview and a group process activity with other RA candidates. You will be asked to select an interview date and morning or afternoon preference on the application.

View Interview Dates and Times in the Key Dates Calendar.

5.  You'll Need a Recommendation

You must obtain a recommendation from a University faculty or staff member. The recommendation form can be found below.  Please forward the document to the faculty or staff member who will be providing your reference.  Further instructions can be found in the document.  If you are not currently a Villanova University student, please ask a faculty or staff member at your current institution to complete the form.