Resident Advisors

Being a resident advisor is among the best jobs you can have on campus.

Not only do you meet amazing people, but you will also get the opportunity to create a home away from home while having fun! The 2020-21 R.A. compensation included full room and board and the opportunity to live a single room. Prospective candidates should discuss the position with their financial aid counselor to determine if it will affect your financial aid.

Apply to be an RA for Fall 2021

Come to an RA Info Session

Resident advisors are instrumental in building community both within the residence halls and on campus. This meaningful experience will allow students an exciting opportunity to contribute to Merrimack and impact the lives of students who live in your hall.

Resident advisors work with other students and professional staff members to facilitate and develop a community environment that will contribute to the intellectual, spiritual, social and cultural growth of students. R.A.s also uphold and present the philosophy and community standards of Merrimack College and the Office of Residence Life and acts as liaisons between students and administrators.

Position Requirements

Resident advisors must:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate student who are eligible to live on campus.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative and semester GPA of 2.5 each semester.
  • Act in accordance with the Merrimack College Code of Student Conduct.
  • Submit a housing deposit for the upcoming academic year by the housing deposit deadline. R.A. roommates, where applicable, must also have submitted a housing deposit by this deadline.

Duties of the Position

Community Development

  • Create and foster community among your unit (floor, tower, etc).
  • Be available and visible to your residents.
  • Encourage students to make the most of the Merrimack College experience.
  • Provide residents with opportunities to attend programs that meet their interests.

Administrative Tasks

  • Complete and submit program proposals and evaluations, Incident/CARE reports, facility work orders, duty logs and other forms as required.
  • Create and develop door decorations and newsletters several times throughout the semester.

Duty and Policy Enforcement

  • Participate in duty rotation and document policy violations.
  • Submit incident reports by the end of duty night.
  • Discuss, formulate, support and enforce quiet and courtesy hours.
  • Be available during certain emergency situations.

Staff Interaction

  • Attend training sessions.
  • Participate in all college openings and closings.
  • Assist in office initiatives.
  • Be open to getting to know the staff through scheduled and spontaneous interactions.

Application Deadlines & Requirements

2021-22 Academic Year

  • Resume: All candidates must submit a resume as part of their application. We request that this document be submitted as a PDF file.
  • Short Essays: Candidates must answer three short essays (500 words or less) as part of the application:
    • Why are you interested in serving as a Resident Advisor at Merrimack College?
    • What are three characteristics about yourself, that you think would make you a good fit for this position?
    • What is a responsibility or commitment you’ve had that you’re particularly proud of? How did this relate to at least one of the Augustinian Values?
  • Friday, October 30th by 4:30 PM - RA applications due.
  • Monday, November 16th by end of day - Candidates notified if they will be invited for individual interviews.
  • Friday, November 20th - Monday, November 23rd -
    Individual interviews.
  • Friday, Jan. 22nd by end of day - Applicants informed of final decision.

RA Info Sessions

Want to learn more about being an RA? Attend one of our RA Info Sessions!


Date Time Location
10/16/20 1:00 PM Zoom
10/19/20 7:00 PM Zoom
10/21/20 1:00 PM Zoom