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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 2015 (or Spring 2016, 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 Thursday, January 29th at 6:00pm in Mathers (Pearsons).                                (Highly recommended)

LAPC is available to assist with working on your resume and cover letter on an individual basis.  You can also attend a special LAPC Resume Presentation on 2/4 @ 5:30pm in Mathers (Pearsons).  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 21st and 22nd.  If you have questions about the application or process, please email Sarah Coyer at


01/19/2015                       Accepting Applications (send to

01/29/2015                       RA Information Session at 6pm in Mathers (Pearsons)

02/04/2015                       LAPC Resume Presentation at 5:30pm in Mathers (Pearsons)

02/11/2015                       Applications Due (send to

02/18/2015                       Two Recommendations Due (one from Faculty/Staff, one from current RA)

02/21-02/22/2015              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