MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For Associate Advisors
The First Year at MIT

Becoming an Associate: Resident Associate Advisor (RAA) Position Description

Resident Associate Advisors are specialized Associate Advisors who make a one-year commitment to mentor first year students within their residence. They are community-builders and leaders who strengthen the support network for first-year students. They enrich the residence hall environment by drawing upon and connecting the resources of the House Team, the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP) and Residential Life Programs (RLP).

Responsibilities and Expectations

RAAs must be highly visible student leaders in the residence hall and should be accessible as a 24/7 resource to freshmen. They must identify themselves to freshmen as an associate advisor in their residence by posting an AA sticker on their doors and having their names publicly available to freshmen living with them. They are expected to work collaboratively with other associate advisors in their residence hall to provide academic and social support to all freshmen, including organizing and promoting house-wide programs.

RAAs must be outstanding role models for other students and be willing to make this role a priority. They are expected to initiate positive relationships and maintain regular communication with freshmen in their residence hall. S/he must be willing to listen attentively to freshmen while respecting student confidentiality. They must have an understanding of the first year curriculum and be familiar with campus resources available to help freshmen. RAAs are expected to comply with all MIT living group policies and procedures.


RAAs report to the UAAP for their role as associate advisors and the Area Director for their role within their House. RAA meetings are scheduled by the Area Director.


RAAs are required to be on campus for RAA training and Associate Advisor Orientation in August. Additionally, RAAs must participate in at least two Leadership Development Training opportunities during the year as well as two RAA-specific trainings.


RAAs must be full-time students and maintain a grade point average of 4.0. Applicants may not be under disciplinary action or violate any MIT policies during their appointment.


RAAs will receive a $600/academic year reduction in housing costs.