Make An Impact – Student Staff Selection

Find Your Place at UMass

Applications for the 2024-2025 academic year have closed. Check back in September 2024 for information regarding applications for 2025-2026. 

There is no application process for Spring 2024, any open positions will be filled by folks on the 2023-2024 waitlist.

*Applications close at 11:59pm on 11/1/2023. The system will not accept anything submitted after that point. Please plan accordingly when submitting your application*

About the Resident Assistant or Peer Mentor Positions

Why be a Resident Assistant?

  • Create inclusive communities where all students feel valued and heard
  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Engage in conversations with students about their experiences
  • Promote safe and responsible communities in the Residence Halls

Click here for more information about the RA position!

Why be a Peer Mentor?

  • Assist first-year students' transition to UMass Amherst
  • Plan events that support student's wellbeing and resiliency
  • Work together as a team in the Residential Academic Success Centers (RASCs) to support students' needs in the halls after hours

Click here for more information about the PM position!

Questions About the Positions?

EDUC 391R Pre-Employment Requirement 

All eligible RA and PM candidates must have successfully completed EDUC391R: CORE (Creating Opportunities for Residents to Engage) prior to when they start their role. This is a one-credit academic course that is a pre-employment requirement of all RA and PM candidates, and therefore cannot be taken concurrently while being an RA or PM. 

Most candidates interested in applying for the 2024-2025 application will be able to take the course in Spring 2024 with about 25 section options.

The class is only offered in the Spring 


Please contact or if you have any questions. 


  • October 16th -November 1st: Applications open on 

    • Applications are not accepted once they close. Please plan in advance to submit your application

  • **Students who completed the application were sent an email on 11/9, notifying them that due to the large number of applications the timeline had been adjusted**

  • November 27th: Applicants are notified of Interview Status (all applicants will receive a notification)

  • December 4th : Deadline for applicants to sign up for Interview

  • December 18th-December 20th: Interviews conducted remotely via zoom

  • End of January: Offers are made

  • End of February: EDUC391R Begins

 Question? Contact us.