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RA Application & Selection Process

Process Timeline: This process is currently closed.
Resident Assistant for Spring 2022 and Fall 2022-2023:
  • November 1-7, 2021:  Mandatory information sessions (see note below)
    • Monday, Nov. 1st: 7-8pm (In Person) 417 Beacon Heights- PSU
    • Tuesday, Nov. 2nd: 6-7pm  
    • Wednesday, Nov. 3rd: 7-8pm
    • Thursday, Nov. 4th: 6-7pm (In Person) 417 Beacon Heights- PSU
    • Friday, Nov. 5th: 5-6pm
    • Saturday, Nov. 6th: 8-9pm
    • Sunday, Nov. 7th: 2-3pm (In Person) 417 Beacon Heights- PSU
  • October 1: Application Opens
  • December 13: Application closes
  • January 10: Interview Sign Up & Reference submission deadline
  • January 18-21 & 24-27: Interviews via Zoom
  • February 15: Candidates notified of their status

* Mandatory information sessions will be offered during the week of November 1st-7th. Applicants must attend only one session. Four sessions will be offered in person and three sessions will be offered via zoom. Choose the session that works best for your schedule and preferred format (zoom/in person)! 

Application & Selection Process
Step 1: Research the position

Being a Resident Assistant (RA) can be one of the most enriching and rewarding experiences of your college career. The relationships you develop and the leadership training and experience that you gain will serve you long beyond the time that you are a staff member with University Housing. The RA position, however, is also a very challenging one. A live-in position can be hard to balance. We encourage candidates to familiarize themselves with the responsibilities and expectations of being an RA before applying. You can do this by reading the application materials and talking to your RA or other University Housing staff members. These contacts will help you decide if the position is right for you and can help you with being prepared for the interview process.

Step 2: Attend an information session

All candidates must attend an information session in order to be eligible to move forward with an interview. Candidates will get the opportunity to meet with current staff, ask questions about the RA position, and learn more about the interview process.

Step 3: Complete the Resident Assistant Application

Be sure to plan enough time to meet the application deadline. A complete application includes the following materials:

  • Demographic information
  • Six application questions
  • Upload resumé
  • List one reference
    • Please note that your reference will not be notified until your application is submitted
    • Your reference will receive an email link to complete a reference for you
    • Reference form takes 5-10 minutes to complete
Step 4: Interview Process

Candidates are scored on application questions, resumé, one reference, and the individual interview.

(Note:  the Resident Assistant Recruitment & Selection committee will process all applications to ensure that they are complete and that candidates meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If for any reason your application is incomplete or you are not eligible to interview, the committee will contact you regarding your status in the selection process).