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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 2018 please submit application materials by 5pm on Wednesday, February 21st:

LAPC is great resource if you need help preparing your cover letter, resume, or for interviews!

This application process is for openings that we will have for Fall 2018.  We will initially make some hiring decisions at the end of March, but we do hire alternates throughout the remainder of the semester and throughout the summer as positions open up.  Being an alternate is NOT a bad thing...we hire many alternates. 

RAs must be a full time student (minimum 3 units), maintain a 2.5 GPA, and have lived in on campus housing for at least 2 semesters.


January 29th, 2018      Accepting Applications (send to

February 21st, 2018     Applications Due (send to

March 7, 2018              Two Recommendations Due (one Faculty/Staff, one current RA)

March 3-4, 2018           Interview Weekend! (You will be contacted to schedule.)



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

RA Application Essay Questions Form

Faculty/Staff Reference Form

RA Reference Form


Resident Assistants

The 48 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
  • Building inclusive communities
  • Educational and social programming
  • Conflict mediation (roommate conflicts, relationship problems)
  • Crisis intervention
  • Creating and modeling an inclusive living and learning environment
  • Campus resources and referrals
  • Policy enforcement / Community norm setting
  • RAs serve as liaisons between student affairs and the student body

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