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. 

Information Session

All new RA candidates must attend a Resident Assistant information session in order to be considered for the RA position. There will be information sessions in November and January and dates will be posted on this website and shared with applicants when they are finalized. 

The final opportunity to attend an RA information session will be directly before the 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 mid-March 2020.

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

November 15, 2019 - New RA Application Opens

November 18-22, 2019 - RA Application Information Sessions

December 3, 2019 - Returning RA Application Opens

January-February, 2020 - RA Application Information Sessions

  • Sunday, January 19 at 4pm in Aber 1st Floor Lounge
  • Sunday, January 19 at 7pm in Knowles Basement Lounge
  • Tuesday, January 21 at 8pm in Aber 1st Floor Lounge
  • Wednesday, January 22 at 5pm in Craig TV Lounge
  • Friday, January 24 at 7pm in Pantzer TV Lounge
  • Sunday, January 26 at 6pm in Miller TV Lounge
  • Thursday, January 30 at 4:30pm in Jesse 11th Floor Lounge
  • Saturday, February 1st at 2pm in Craig TV Lounge
  • Before Group Interview Sessions
    • Friday, February 7 at 4pm
    • Saturday, February 8 at 10am

January 21, 2020 - Returning RA Application Closes

February 3, 2020 - New RA Application Closes

February 7 or 8, 2020 - Group Process Interviews

February 13-28, 2020 - Individual Interviews

March 13, 2020  - Hiring Notifications sent to All Candidates

August 11, 2020 - 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.