Graduate assistants in Housing and Residence Life gain valuable work experience, but not in a traditional classroom or office setting. Assistantships can provide close interaction with students, sustained advising/mentoring relationships, management and problem-solving experience, leadership development, and the opportunity to positively impact individuals.


Graduate students in any academic program may apply. Areas of study in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences such as counselor education, higher education administration, leadership studies, human development, psychology, sociology, and child development can be especially relevant to the work of the Housing and Residence Life graduate assistants. Please note that we give first priority to students in the School of Education's Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (Higher Education Administration) program that focuses on higher education. Candidates from other programs will be considered only if there are spaces not filled by these students. Evidence of admission to the Graduate School and full-time enrollment is required to hold an assistantship.


Each graduate assistant is supervised by a Student Affairs professional, who holds a master's degree in college student affairs and has worked in the field an average of one to three years. The department seeks to provide a quality experience for graduate students and is especially interested in supporting individuals through mentoring, development activities, and informal relationships.


The monthly stipend is set by the Graduate School and is not yet published for next year. Current first-year master's students receive $1,418 per month. Tuition is also paid for full-time students. Current in-state tuition is $3,934 per semester; full-time graduate assistants are eligible for in-state tuition. The graduate assistant is responsible for payment of comprehensive, technology, and capital fees.


Assistant Residential Learning Coordinators and Assistant Student Life Coordinators are required to live on campus and are provided a one-bedroom apartment with basic furnishings at no cost. Housing includes basic telecommunications, Ethernet, and cable. Graduate Coordinators are required to purchase a meal plan of their choice (Minor Flex Plan minimum). The Graduate Assistant for Living and Learning Programs is not provided housing on campus, but is eligible for university housing at published cost.

Work Schedules

Our positions are academic-year appointments beginning around August 1. The process of preparing to open the residence halls for an academic year necessitates a work schedule that usually exceeds 20 hours per week prior to the start of the academic year in August; supervisors are always willing to offer appropriate compensatory or flexible schedules to offset. Graduate assistants are expected to hold regularly scheduled office hours as established in the position description, and evening and weekend hours are frequent.

Teaching Opportunities

Graduate assistants who live on campus may have the opportunity to assist with teaching the resident advisor course, Principles of Peer Leadership. This is a three-credit hour class required of all resident advisors in their first semester of employment. GAs assist with lesson plans and facilitation. Class and preparation require approximately three hours per week. There may also be opportunities to teach in the other HRL-related courses.

Further Information

Due to the variety of graduate assistantships sponsored by Housing and Residence Life, potential applicants may find it helpful to speak to a selection committee member to learn more.

Please send an email to to set up an appointment.

Application Process

We are currently seeking applicants for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Higher Education Administration candidates should comply with the application process for Higher Education (HED) Weekend. All interviews for Housing and Residence Life assistantships will be conducted during HED weekend. Candidates should email the following information to

  • Letter of interest (including your present status in the graduate school application process and the graduate assistantships you are applying for)
  • Resume
  • Contact Information for three references

Non-Higher Education Administration candidates will be contacted in mid-March, after the HED admissions process. In the event there are unfilled positions, we will interview non-higher education candidates. Candidates should email the following information to

  • Letter of interest (including your present status in the graduate school application process and the graduate assistantships you are applying for)
  • Resume
  • Contact Information for three references

Any questions should be directed to:
G.A. and R.A. Selection Committee
Housing and Residence Life
144 New Hall West (0428)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

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