What You'll Learn

Being a Resident Assistant provides you with valuable work and life experience while you are still a college student. As an RA, you will have the opportunity to increase your understanding of people, develop leadership skills, plan and present social and educational programs, fine tune time management skills, solve group conflicts, learn how to be a better ally and advocate for students, learn to deal with the unexpected, and be a valuable part of a team. It's a great first step to building the skills needed to be successful in your professional career after college. 

Informational Sessions

Informational sessions are meetings in which you will learn more about the RA position. All students must attend an information session in order to access the RA application. Information sessions will begin in mid-November and continue through December. Check back here later to see a list of dates and times. All information sessions will be virtual. Students must log in on your own computer so we have a record of you attending. You will receive a passcode for the RA application after attending the information meeting.

Information sessions times are listed below.

  • Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m.


RA Selection for 2020-2021 Academic Year Timeline

  • RA Application will be available starting end of November
  • RA application will be due by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Wednesday, January 27
  • Candidates will find out if they have received a position or offered an alternate position by March 5
  • A completed timeline will be available soon
  • Must attend an information session in order to apply

*Those that receive an RA position or are selected as an alternate will need to complete the RA class, which will be online and will begin in late March

Important Dates

  • January 29 – Interview invites sent
  • February 3 – 10 – Interviews
  • March 10 – Offer letters sent
  • March 29 – RA Class begins

Positions Available

Candidates can apply for a variety of RA positions. The following positions are listed below. 

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The successful candidate will meet the following qualifications below:

  • Must be a current University of Iowa full-time student.
  • Attend mandatory pre-fall training (August 4 – 13, 2021), and winter training (January 13-14, 2022).
  • RAs are required to work during Opening Week and On Iowa! (August 14 – 22, 2021).
  • Must be in good conduct standing with the University.
  • Must be enrolled in at least 12 credits during the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters.
  • At the time of employment have an overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5.
  • Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 each semester during the term of employment.
  • For each semester of employment, RAs must achieve a minimum of 2.0 semester GPA, and pass 70% of all credits attempted each semester.
  • Employment is for an entire academic year, single semester employment (due to study abroad, student teaching, early graduation, etc.) is not available. 
  • If hired as a RA or accepted as an alternate, you must enroll, attend, successfully complete, and pass an introductory RA Class (Issues in College Residence Halls: 415:001).
  • May be involved in up to ten hours of additional involvement (on or off campus) with supervisor approval.
  • Your financial aid package can be affected if hired as a RA, and it is your responsibility to contact the office of Financial Aid to learn how your financial aid may be impacted. 
  • Must successfully complete a criminal background check.

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Currently, RAs are support students that may be in isolation or quarantine housing in the following ways:

  • Meal and item delivery to the quarantine and isolation floors
  • Greet students moving into quarantine or isolation spaces in the lobby and provide instructions on how to student on how to find their room
  • Quarantine and isolation room prep for check-in, including checking cleanliness, placing welcome bag, and expectations sheet
  • Virtual check-ins with students from floor that have moved into quarantine or isolation


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