For Students Applying to Villanova

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. YOU MUST HAVE ALREADY APPLIED TO A VILLANOVA GRADUATE PROGRAM IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THE RA APPLICATION AND PARTICIPATE IN THE INTERVIEW PROCESS.

Applicants with previous RA experience who are seeking full-time graduate studies at Villanova who wish to be considered for a Graduate Resident Director position, please see our GRD Applicant page.  If you have further questions, please contact Sarah Piff at

1.  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.

2.  Complete the Application and Sign Up For An Interview Time

RA applicants who are currently attending another college or university should contact Sarah Piff at to obtain access to the online RA application at YOU MUST HAVE ALREADY APPLIED TO A VILLANOVA GRADUATE PROGRAM IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE RA APPLICATION.

3.  Submit Your Resume

Please send a one-page resume, highlighting your college activities, leadership, and work experience, to by the application deadline.

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.