What is a Resident Assistant?

A resident assistant, or RA, is a trained peer leader who advises a group of students within their community. An RA has many roles and responsibilities, including, but not limited to, building a community through hosting events, acting as an mentor, being a familiar first resource for students with academic or institutional questions, and enforcing residence hall and university policies.

Why should I apply to be an RA?

There are so many reasons you should apply to be an RA! Do you like people? Projects and events? Making a difference?

The RA position builds a wide variety of invaluable skills such as time and project management, peer conflict mediation, teamwork skills, budget management, creativity, and problem solving. RAs also have opportunities to serve on department and university wide committees and attend student leadership conferences. RAs are the foundation of Residence Life; creating and supporting our hall communities.

How do I apply?

To be considered for interview, each candidate must submit an application, resume, and the RA application prompt through our posting on the Ship Career Connection site. In addition, two references must be submitted; one completed by a Housing & Residence Life staff member and the other by another University staff member who can speak to your involvement or experience on campus. The reference form can be found on the left side bar and can be submitted right on the website.

Applications are currently being accepted. For consideration for the 2022-2023 academic year, applications must be submitted by Friday, December 3rd, 2021. 

Want More Information?

There will be several information sessions throughout the semester; we highly encourage you to attend one if at all possible.

  • Tuesday October 12th, 7pm, Kieffer Hall Great Room
  • Thursday October 21st, 7pm, Harley Hall 1st Floor TV Lounge
  • Thursday October 28th, 8pm, Seavers Hall 1st Floor TV Lounge
  • Monday November 1st, 7pm, Lackhove Hall 1st Floor TV Lounge
  • Tuesday November 2nd, 6pm, McLean Hall Rec Room
  • Wednesday November 10th, 8pm, McCune Hall 1st Floor TV Lounge
  • Thursday November 18th, 8pm, Naugle Hall 1st Floor TV Lounge

Hosted by current Residence Life staff members, these information sessions can answer your questions about applying, interviewing, and being an RA.