What you will learn as an RA

Being a resident assistant (RA) 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 and learn how to be a better ally and advocate for students. 

What you'll learn as an RA

Information sessions

RA application information sessions are meetings in which you will learn more about the Resident Assistant position and what to expect from the application and interview process. All students must attend an information session in order to access the RA application. The information session will be offered both in-person and virtually throughout October and November. You will receive access to the RA application within 2 business days after attending the information session.

RA selection timeline for 2023-2024

  • October 27: RA Application opens (first information session is on October 25, 2023)
  • December 17 at 11:59 p.m.: New RA Application closes
  • January 15: Interview invites will be sent by email to candidates
  • January 22 – 30: Interviews*
    • *Candidates that apply for the UI REACH or Belin-Blank Center Academies RA positions will also need to complete an additional interview for those positions

  • February 29: Offer letters sent by email
  • March 5: Deadline to accept RA position or alternate placement

Positions available

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

Session dates

  • Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., Catlett MPR
  • Oct. 27 at 5 p.m., 348 IMU, Big 10 Theater
  • Nov. 2 at 7 p.m., Mayflower MPR
  • Nov. 5 at 2 p.m., virtual session
  • Nov. 7 at 5 p.m., Currier MPR
  • Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., Catlett MPR
  • Nov. 28 at 7 p.m., Petersen MPR
  • Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., virtual session

Special session dates

If you are interested in learning more about the interview process and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within the RA role, there are two additional information sessions for you to learn more. Attendance is not required to apply but strongly encouraged for your preparation for the RA role.

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m., virtual session

Thursday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m., virtual session

Attendance is not required in order to apply but strongly encouraged.