Resident Assistant

Image of a group of RAs after doing a river clean up project.The Resident Assistant is a part-time (roughly 20 hours per week) live-in student responsible for a floor or wing of a Residence Hall consisting of 23 to 52 students. They work in all phases of the residential living experience alongside the Area Coordinator and are responsible for their floor community. They foster an atmosphere for academic, social, cultural, and emotional growth in the Residence Hall by serving as an advisor to the residents, and they assist in the enforcement of all University and hall policies. They are responsible for the general well-being, community development, and student learning environment in the Residence Hall. Please read the RA Position Description for additional information about the RA position. This position is around 20 hours per week.

Students interested in serving as an RA in a Living Learning Communities should explore the LLC descriptions to learn more about these unique communities. All LLC RA candidates will answer additional questions on their application specific to the communities they are interested in serving in. 

Compensation: RAs earn an on-campus room and meal plan, and they may earn a small stipend based on their Residence Hall placement and meal plan choice. 

RA Application Process


All RA candidates must complete an online RA application to be considered for the position. 

RA Application

Information Session

All new RA candidates must attend a Resident Assistant information session in order to be considered for the RA position. 

The final opportunity to attend an RA information session will be directly before the Group Process Interview. Additional information on the final RA information sessions will be provided to candidates when they recieve information on signing up for their Group Process Interview. 

Group Process Interview

All new RA candidates must attend one of the two scheduled group process interviews. Group process is a portion of the interview process where RA candidates are given different activities to work through as a group. In early-February, people with completed applications will receive an email to schedule a group process interview and an individual interview.

Individual Interview

All RA candidates must attend a 30-minute individual interview. This interview will consist of a question and answer session with the questions more biographical in nature so we can get to know who you are, why you are interested in being an RA, and what kind of activities, jobs, and experiences you have been involved in. In early-February, people with completed applications will receive an email to schedule a group process interview and an individual interview.

Hiring Notification

All RA candidates will be notified of their hiring status in March 2019.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 2.25 GPA
  • Be a full-time student (12-18 credits)
  • Be in good conduct standing with the University
  • Interest in working with people

Important Dates

December 1, 2018 - New RA Application and Returning RA Application Open

January 14-February 1, 2019 - RA Application Information Sessions

January 21, 2019 - Returning RA Application Closes

February 4, 2019 - New RA Application Closes

February 8 or 9, 2019 - Group Process Interviews

February 14-22, 2019 - Individual Interviews

March 15, 2019  - Hiring Notifications Sent to All Candidates

August 6, 2019 - RA Training Begins


If you have any questions about the application or hiring process, please contact John Nugent, Assistant Director of UM Housing, at (406) 243-2611.