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. 

RA Position and Application Information 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 be held throughout the RA application process, beginning on November 2 and ending in January. Informational sessions will be held both in person and virtually, so you can choose which setting you prefer! If you choose virtual, you must log in on your own computer so we have a record of you attending. You will receive a passcode for the RA application by email within 48 hours after attending the informational session.  

You must select one of the following information session to attend:

  • November 2 at 7:00 p.m.: Catlett MPR  
  • November 7 at 7:00 p.m.: Zoom (Click here to Join the Virtual Information Session)
  • November 10 at 7:00 p.m.: Petersen MPR 
  • November 15 at 12:00 p.m.: IMU, Iowa Theater  
  • December 2 at 7:00 p.m.: Mayflower MPR 
  • December 5, 7:00 p.m.: Zoom (Click here to Join the Virtual Information Session)
  • January 19 at 7:00 p.m.: Boyd Law Building, Room 235 
  • January 23 at 7:00 p.m.: Zoom (Click here to Join the Virtual Information Session)

Special Community Informational Session

If you are interested in applying to be an RA for a Living Learning Community, the UI REACH program, or the Bucksbaum Academy, there is an additional information session for you to learn more about the position:

  • December 1 at 7:00 p.m.: IMU, 47 Things Room, Room 346

RA Selection for 2022-2023 Academic Year Timeline

  • RA Application process will begin on Tuesday, November 2 with the first information session
  • The RA Application opens on November 2, students must attend informational session to receive a passcode to the application
  • RA application will be due by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Monday, January 31
  • Interview invites will be sent by email to candidates by February 3
  • Interviews will take place February 8 – 12
    • Candidates that apply for an LLC RA position, UI REACH, or Bucksbaum Academy will have an additional interview for those positions.
  • Candidates will find out if they have received a position or offered an alternate position by March 4

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. 

You can view the RA job description below.

PDF iconRA Job Description - 2022-2023

PDF iconRA LLC Job Description - 2022-2023

PDF iconUI REACH Job Description - 2022-2023



The successful candidate will meet the following qualifications below:

  • Must be a current University of Iowa full-time student.  
  • Attend mandatory pre-fall training (dates will be between August 1 – August 12, 2022) and winter training (dates will be between January 11 – 13, 2023). 
  • RAs are required to work during Opening Week and On Iowa! (August 13 – 21, 2022). 
  • Must be in good conduct standing with the University.  
  • Must be enrolled in at least 12 credits during the fall 2022 and spring 2023 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.   
  • May be involved in up to ten (10) hours of additional involvement (on or off campus) with supervisor approval.  
  • Resident Assistants cannot serve concurrently as a member of the Undergraduate Student Government Cabinet, including Speaker and Speaker Pro Tempore, for the 2022-2023 academic year.  
  • 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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