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. 

Creating a Dynamic Resume and Cover Letter

Need resume assistance? We can help you build a great resume in order to assist you during the application process.  Check out one of the following resume workshops below:

November 26
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Peterson Multipurpose Room

November 27
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Catlett Multipurpose Room

November 28
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Mayflower Classroom

General Timeline

  • Applications will be due by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, November 30.
    • Applications must include: Demographic information, a resume, and a response to an essay question
  • Candidates will need to attend a mandatory information session between December 2 – December 6. You will sign up online for which session you will be attending.
  • Candidates that wish to apply to be an LLC RA or UI REACH RA will need to complete that application between December 2 – January 7.
  • Conduct and GPA checks will be completed over winter break after Fall 2018 grades are due
  • Interview invites will go out to candidates around January 7
  • Interviews will take place January 16 – January 23, candidates will sign up online for an interview
  • Offers for RA positions will be emailed out on February 22.


The successful candidate will meet the following qualifications: 

  • Must be a current full-time University of Iowa student. Must be enrolled in at least 12 credits during the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters.
  • Must be in good conduct standing with the University.
  • Must have one year of on-campus living experience either at Iowa or another institution at time of employment.

    • At the time of application 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, 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.
  • Attend mandatory pre-fall training (August 7 – 16, 2019), and winter training (January 16-17, 2020).
  • Must be available to work during Opening Week and On Iowa! (August 12 – 19  2018).
  • May not hold other paid employment during first academic year term of RA  appointment, and in subsequent years only with supervisor approval and less than 10 hours.
  • 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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