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Resident Assistant (RA)

WOULD YOU LIKE TO... a community builder?                                                                     a leader? a role model?

                     a resource?                  a programmer? a listener?                                                                            an educator?

...BE AN RA?

Application Process

To apply for the RA position for Fall 2014 (or Spring 2015, if you will be abroad in Fall), you need the following:

  • TWO REFERENCES need to be submitted on your behalf via Google forms
  • Attend the RA Information Session on Friday, January 31st at 7:00pm in Mathers room in Pearsons. (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

LAPC is available to assist with working on your resume and cover letter.  After the application deadline, you will be contacted by someone in Residential Life, to give you more information about the interview process, which will occur the weekend of February 22nd-23rd.  If you have questions about the application or process, please contact the Residential Life Office at


01/20/2014                       Accepting Applications (send to

01/31/2014                       RA Information Session at 7pm in Mathers

02/05/2014                       LAPC Resume & Cover Letter Help Session at 12:30-1:20p in DKs

02/12/2014                       Applications Due (send to

02/19/2014                       RA & Faculty/Staff Recommendations Due

02/22-02/23/2014              Resident Assistant Interview Weekend (mandatory)


Forms (use your email account when completing the reference forms below)

Supplemental Questions

Faculty/Staff Reference Form

RA Reference Form


Resident Assistants

The 47 Resident Assistants (RAs) live on most floors and in most houses. Primarily, the RAs are a major resource for students living in the halls.  They actively engage in developing community, serve as support people, and are the connection between the student body and the administrative staff.

Resident Assistants receive extensive training and work with students in the following areas:

  • Peer counseling
  • Community building
  • Educational and social programming
  • Conflict mediation (roommate conflicts, relationship problems)
  • Crisis intervention
  • Campus resources and referrals
  • Policy enforcement / Community norm setting
  • RAs serve as liaisons between student affairs and the student body

RA job description


Head Resident Assistants
Head Resident Assistants (HRAs) are RAs who have previous RA experience, but take on more leadership responsibilities.  They have their floors or buildings like any other RA, but work closely with another HRA and a Hall Director in overseeing a complex of RAs.  There are three - six HRAs and one or two are assigned to each complex. HRAs have been RAs for at least one semester and are often-times seniors.  They lead programs for the RA staff, co-facilitate meetings, and are a peer resource for RAs.

The application process for the HRA positions occurs in the last two months of every spring semester and in the fall semester when there are openings for the spring semester.  HRA applicants fill out a slightly different re-application that is tailored for the job. 

HRA job description