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. 


  • Must be a current full-time University of Iowa student.
  • Must have at least one year of on-campus living experience at the time of employment.
  • Must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 each semester during the term of employment. For each semester of employment, RAs must achieve a minimum of a 2.0 semester GPA.
  • Must be in good conduct standing with the university. 
  • Attend mandatory pre-fall training (tentatively July 31– August 10, 2018), and winter training (January 2019). 
  • Must be available to work during Move-In week and On Iowa! (August 11–19, 2018). 
  • May not hold other paid employment during academic term of RA appointment.
  • Enroll, attend, and successfully complete a six-week introductory RA Class (Issues in College Residence Halls). The course meets one day a week for two hours for an optional one credit hour. 

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