RA Selection-Office of Residential Education - Carnegie Mellon University

RA Selection Process Overview and Timeline

The selection process has been designed to help you learn as much as possible about the RA position so that you can make an informed decision about becoming an RA in the event that you are offered a position. Details about the role are available in the RA position description.  The process itself consists of several phases:

Phase I: Information Sessions

While not mandatory, these sessions provide an excellent orientation to the RA position and the selection process.

  • December 14, 2016 at 3PM - Danforth Conference Room, Cohon Center 
  • December 14, 2016 at 8PM - Wright Room, Cohon Center
  • January 16, 2017 at 8PM - The Residence on Fifth (first floor)

Phase II:  Online Application Materials 

Due January 19, 2017 at midnight (Thursday night)
Submission of online application materials is the first step in your application process.

New RA candidates will need to submit an online RA application.  This will also include uploading a statement of interest and resume. You will also need to provide contact information for 2 individuals who you have asked to serve as references for you in the RA selection process. CLICK HERE to learn more about how to submit your materials and tips for your cover letter and resume.

Returning RA candidates (individuals who have been or are currently an RA) will also need to submit an online RA application.  This will include uploading a resume and several short essay questions that reflect their current work in the RA role and goals for an additional year in the position. CLICK HERE to learn more about how to submit your materials.

Phase III: Individual House Interviews

January 25, 2017 - February 7, 2017
During this period, you will be invited to participate in one individual interview with a Housefellow and a Community Advisor from a specific house community, with your candidacy shared across all house areas.CLICK HERE to learn more about the Individual House Interview process.

Decision letters (including placement for those offered an RA position) will be sent out through electronic communication February 16, 2017. Those offered a position will be asked to accept or decline it by February 19, 2017.