Resident Assistant

Image of a group of RAs after doing a river clean up project.The Resident Assistant is a part time (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 along side 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; assist in the enforcement of all University and hall policies; are responsible for the general well-being, community development and a student learning environment in the residence hall. Please read the RA Position Description for additional information about the RA position.

Compensation: RAs earn an on-campus room, meal plan and stipend based on their residence hall placement. For the 2016-2017 academic year new RAs earn $10,398.00.

2017-2018 RA Application Process


All RA candidates must complete an online RA application to be considered for the position. The New RA Application opened on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 and closed on Monday, February 13, 2017. The Returning RA Application opened on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 and closed on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Once an application is received you will receive an email with information about scheduling two interviews, a group process interview and an individual interview.

Group Process Interview

All new RA candidates must attend one of the two scheduled group process interviews- Friday, February 24, 2017 from 4:30-6:30pm or Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 10:00am-12:00pm. Group Process is a portion of the interview process when RA candidates are given different activities to work through as a group.

Individual Interview

All RA candidates must attend a 30-minute individual interview. These interviews will take place February 16- 24, 2016. 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.

Hiring Notification

All RA candidates will be notified of their hiring status on Friday, March 10, 2017.

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 9, 2016- New RA Application and Returning RA Application opened

January 25, 2017- Returning RA Application closed

February 13, 2017- New RA Application closes

February 16-24, 2017- Individual Interviews

February 24-25, 2017- Group Process Interviews

March 25, 2017- Hiring notifications sent to all candidates

August 10, 2017- RA Training Begins


If you have any questions about the application or hiring process, please contact John Nugent, Interim Assistant Director of Residence Life, at 406-243-2611.