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. You will need to bring your University ID so that you can sign in at the event. Once you attend an information session, you will be emailed a code to that will allow you access the application. Information session dates/times are listed below:

November 4
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Currier MPR

November 12
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mayflower MPR

November 15
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Petersen MPR

November 17
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Catlett MPR

November 19
Time: 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Location: Center for Diversity and Enrichment, 2750 UCC

December 5
Time: 7:00 p.m. 
Location: Petersen MPR

Creating a Dynamic Resume and Cover Letter

Need resume assistance? The UI Career Center can help you build a great resume in order to assist you during the application process.  

2019 General Timeline

  • The application opens on November 4. 
  • Application will be due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13.
    • Applications must include: Demographic information, a resume, and a response to an essay question.
  • Interview invites will be sent out on Friday, January 10.
  • RA interviews will occur from January 22 – February 5.
  • Offer letters will be emailed the week of February 24.
  • Those selected to be an RA or Alternate must take the 8-week RA Class, which begins the week of March 8.

Positions Available

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


The successful candidate will meet the following qualifications below:

  • Attend mandatory pre-fall training (August 6 – 14, 2020), and winter training (January 14-15, 2021).
  • RAs are required to work during Opening Week and On Iowa! (August 15 – 23, 2020).
  • Must be in good conduct standing with the University. 
  • Must be a current University of Iowa full-time student. Must be enrolled in at least 12 credits during the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.
  • Must have one year of on-campus living experience either at Iowa or another institution at time of employment.
  • 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). The course meets one day a week for eight weeks for two hours for an optional one credit hour.
  • 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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