About the RA Position

Key Aspects of the RA Position

  • Create and hold formal and informal programs as well as engage with residents to build community.
  • Assist residents to resolve conflict, get connected to campus resources, and offer overall support.
  • Hold community members accountable for Housing and University policy by confronting and documenting policy violations.
  • Participate in department initiatives such as move-in and move.

Please see the full Resident Assistant position description for more information*.

*RA Position description is subject to change


Compensation and Benefits

Stipend: RA stipends begin at $1,250 for West Campus RAs and RAs in Apartments or $1,375 for East Campus RAs. Stipends increase by $250 every two semesters in the RA role up to $1,750/$1,875. RA stipends are divided into four payments throughout the year.

Meal Plan: Additionally, they receive free on-campus housing and a meal allotment based on campus:

First-Year Campus RAs (East): Receive $1,650 Meal Points + 15 Meal Swipes per semester

Upperclass Campus RAs (West +Swift Quad): Receive $1,650 Meal Points per semester

The meal allotment is not considered a full meal plan. Its purpose is to provide RAs with food points so they can dine with residents. RAs typically supplement the meal allotment with their own funds.

Financial Implication of Role Benefits: The financial benefits of the Resident Assistant role may impact one’s financial aid package. HRL is required to provide financial details for the RA role to the Office of Financial Aid. We encourage you to contact the Office of Financial Aid at Duke with your questions. They have provided some examples and information on their website. Visit the Common Questions page and scroll down to “Factors Impacting Your Aid” to have a general idea of how the RA compensation may impact your financial aid. We encourage you to contact the Office of Financial Aid at Duke with your questions and to understand how the RA role may impact your aid specifically.


RA Eligibility Requirements 

  • RAs must be a full-time enrolled, degree-seeking student in good academic standing at Duke University and must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA while in the RA position. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree students are eligible for the RA position.
  • RAs may not enroll in more than five (5) units, per semester, without approval from their supervisor
  • RAs must also remain in good conduct and disciplinary standing with the university at all times. This includes adhering to all University and Housing & Residence Life policies as outlined in the Duke Community Standard Guide and Housing License.
  • Must be willing to adhere to all positional conditions and expectations, outlined below.

Important Information to Consider

  • All RAs are required to attend fall and winter training each year. If selected as an RA, you will be expected to make arrangements with summer internships, jobs, and family and friends to attend RA training.
  • This position includes building and maintaining a community of your peers, part of which means serving in an on-call rotation. While on-call, you will be responsible for confronting violations of Duke University and Housing and Residence Life policy, mediating conflict, and working with a diverse group of individuals.
  • The RA role involves an approximate 15 hours/week commitment. This time commitment includes RA staff meetings, one-on-ones with your Residence Coordinator and/or Graduate Resident, planning programs in your community, and being on-call. We do expect the RA position to be your top priority, after academics; however, we will work with you to balance other campus involvements with your academics and the RA position.

Meet One of Our Previous RAs: Pouya Mohammadi

This is Pouya Mohammadi, who was an RA for Tortuga House in Hollows and also has a shampoo and conditioner named after him! Pouya is a junior studying data science.
“Community building is one of his favorite things about being an RA. Making connections with his residents and building friendships within his RA community is especially important to him. “The communities that [the RA role] helps create that I mentioned are my favorite part of the role and would recommend it to others first and foremost for that reason.”
Pouya’s favorite memory at Duke was last year’s LDOC. It was a fantastic way to culminate the end of his first year at Duke and also celebrate with the many different communities!