Welcome to the Resident Advisor (RA) Recruitment page, and thank you for your interest in becoming a RA here at Mason. The RA position is a challenging and rewarding leadership & employment opportunity on campus.

If you meet the qualifications and are interested in applying for the RA position, here is an outline of our selection process here at George Mason University.

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1. Attend a required info session to find out more information about the RA position
  • All candidates must attend one of the required info sessions in order for their application to be complete
  • At the end of the info session you will be given a unique code to add to your application
  • You must attend an Info Session prior to your application due date
  • Here are the 13 info session dates:
    • Tuesday, Oct. 15 - 7:00-8:00pm (Eisenhower G115)
    • Friday, Oct. 18 - 2:00-3:00pm (Piedmont MPR)
    • Wednesday, Oct. 23 - 2:00-3:00pm (JC Cinema)
    • Thursday, Oct. 24 - 5:00-6:00pm (Eisenhower G115)
    • Monday, Oct. 28 - 11:00am-12:00pm (HUB rooms 3,4,5)
    • Tuesday, Oct. 29 - 5:00-6:00pm (JC Cinema)
    • Friday, November 1 - 11:00am-12:00pm (Piedmont MPR)
    • Wednesday, November 6 - 5:00-6:00pm (Hanover MPR)
    • Friday, November 8 - 1:00-2:00pm (Eisenhower G115)
    • Monday, November 11 - 8:00-9:00pm (HUB 3,4,5)
    • Thursday, November 14 - 4:00-5:00pm (JC Gold)
    • Tuesday, November 19 - 8:00-9:00pm (Planetary Hall 131)
    • Friday, November 22 - 11:00am-12:00pm (HUB Front Ballroom)
2. Complete the application (available October 15 thru November 27, 2013).
  • Review your unofficial transcript to enter your credits attempted, as well as your GPA*.
  • Create or update your resume with relevant work experience and skills. Visit for more resources on creating a strong resume. While you will not upload your actual resume to the website you will need to enter work experience and skills similar to a resume.
  • There are two application deadlines for new candidates
    • If you wish to be considered for a possible Spring 2014 Vacancy (upperclass students looking to start in the Spring only) then your application is due by November 1, 2013 at Noon
      • *Note - very limited Spring Vacancy spaces
      • The application will close from November 1 at Noon and any applications not completed at this time will be considered for the 2014-2015 year.
    • If you wish to be considered for a 2014-2015 position then your application is due by November 27th at Noon
    • If you wish to be considered for both Spring 2014 and 2014-2015, then please apply for the Spring 2014 position and should you not be hired in Spring 2014 then your application will automatically be considered for the 2014-2015 year.
  • Indicate whether you'd like to be considered for a position in a LLC community and note it on your application. More information can be found at
  • Contact one reference to complete your reference form online (preferably a Mason RA, RD, or other Housing and Residence Life professional if you currently reside on campus).
  • Provide thoughtful, concise answers on the questions on the application. Take into consideration what you know about Mason, living on campus, and the needs of students who live in the residence halls.
  • Returning RA/HRA Applications will be available December 3rd and due December 20, 2013 at Noon. Returning RAs/HRAs do not need to provide a reference. Returning RAs can fill out work experience as appropriate, but HRA candidates must fill out work experience.
3. Prepare for your individual interview with members of the Housing and Residence Life staff and the group process.
  • Use the helpful tips provided to formulate points you'd like to make during your interview.
  • Review the job description to see if there are any questions you'd like answered by the staff during your interview.
  • Block off time on your calendar or planner so that you are available for an interview, if invited.
  • The group process will happen either in the afternoon after your interview or the following weekend.
  • For candidates interested in the limited Spring 2014 Vacancy positions - interviews will happen in the morning of November 15th and 16th and the group process will happen in the afternoon of both days
  • For candidates going through our main 2014-2015 process, interviews will occur January 24th and 25th and group process will happen on January 31st and February 1st
  • All candidates must be available for both a 30 minute interview and a 3 hour group process session in order to be considered for an RA position
4. New candidates will be informed of the committee's decision in December for Spring 2014 Vacancies or in February for 2014-2015 positions..
  • Once candidates are hired, or placed in the alternate pool, they must inform the committee of whether they accept or decline the position.
  • Please note that this is a competitive process and not all candidates will be chosen for an RA position as there are limited spaces

* First-year students will not have a GPA to enter, and can enter 00. Grades will be checked through the Registrar's Office at the end of the term.

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George Mason University
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