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Are you ready to be a resident assistant?

Thank you for your interest in applying to be a resident assistant for our department. We believe the RA position is one of the most challenging and rewarding leadership experiences on campus. Here you will find information on discovering more about the RA postion, how to apply and how to prepare to be a resident assistant.

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Important 2019-2020 Dates


November 2019: Application opens

January 15, 2020: Application closes

January 31, 2020: Recommendations due

Early February 2020: Interview assignments shared

February 14-16, 2020: RA Interviews

Late February/Early March 2020: Group interviews

March 22, 2020: Decision letters released

April/May 2020: First staff meetings

How to apply

First, please review the Conditions of Appointment and Position Description for position-specific information. 

When you're ready, you can access the RA application by directly logging into the My Housing portal and clicking the Resident Assistant Application button at the top.

To complete the application, you will need to upload an updated resume, provide an email address for one recommender, and answer several short essay questions.

Applications closed January 15, 2020.

RA Info Sessions

Serious about being an RA? Check out one of our RA info sessions. We highly recommend attending one to learn more about what makes a great RA and our interview process!

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m., Brown Hall Lounge
Thursday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m., Harrington Commons
Monday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., George Read Lounge
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m., Caesar Rodney Lounge

Can't make an info-session? Meet us in Perkins or Trabant on Oct. 16 or Nov. 13 from 1-3:30 PM to chat with some of our RHCs and RAs!


Resume & Interview Prep Workshops

As you take part in the RA Selection Process, we know that many of you will be developing a resume and going through a competitive interview process for the first time. Through a collaborative effort with the UD Career Center, RA Candidate Workshops have been established to help you prepare and succeed in the application and interview process.

Resume Workshops
Thursday, Nov. 6 at 4 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 3 p.m.

Interview Prep Workshops
Thursday, November 14 at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 3 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 14 at 2:30 p.m.

Workshops will be held in the UD Career Center workshop room.

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You've got questions; we've got answers.

If your question isn't listed below, or you just want more information, feel free to reach out your RHC or email our RA Selection team!

Many types of people with a wide variety of strengths and talents make great RAs. We pride ourselves on hiring a staff who represent a wide range of experiences and backgrounds. But there are several things we hope for in our candidates. First, great candidates for the RA position are excited at the prospect of building new relationships with others and taking ownership in helping to build a community where students can thrive. They’re also genuinely curious about expanding their understanding of other perspectives different from their own. Finally, the RA position can be challenging at times; great candidates have the ability to be flexible and are willing to try multiple approaches to overcome hurdles they may face.

Take advantage of the opportunities offered. Attend an RA info session and a resume and interview preparation workshop. Talk to your RA, other RAs, and your Residence Hall Coordinator about what they see as important in the RA position. Get involved! We offer lots of great ways to be involved in your community, including the Resident Assistant Internship and Leadership Exploration program and opportunities for you to plan programs and advocate for the needs of your community. While we expect our successful RA candidates to have contributed to a residential community, we also value the outside involvement many of our candidates engage in. Spend some time considering how your involvement in clubs, internships, employment, and academic experiences can translate to being a successful RA.

All applicants will be asked to provide an updated resume that has received a score of 65 or higher from the VMock system, and email addresses for at least one recommender who can speak to your qualifications. If you live on campus, that recommender must be your current RA. You'll also be asked to answer several short essay questions, which we strongly recommend be completed in a Word document, and then copy/pasted into the application.

You may return to your application to add additional attachments, such as Resident Assistant Internship & Leadership Exploration (RAILE) paperwork, and add/edit your recommenders. Other portions of the application will not be able to be edited after submission.

In early February, you’ll receive an email from the Student Staff Selection Committee. In that email will be your specific RA Interview Weekend time slot and further instructions.

Please contact as soon as possible. All applicants should hold the entire weekend and let us know in advance if you have a commitment that can't be moved. We work closely with Fraternity & Sorority Life to ensure any applicant can feasibly participate in both RA selection and sorority recruitment.

Within your RA Application in the My Housing Portal, you'll be able to review the Recommender Confirmation page to see if your recommender has submitted your recommendation. You'll also be able to resend the recommendation request from that page if needed.

Any student who wants to live on campus for the coming academic year, regardless of being appointed as an RA, should complete a housing application by the deadline. Please note that once a student is bound to the housing contract, they are expected to live on campus regardless of whether or not they are appointed to the RA position.

Your roommates will have a window of time, after you accept the position, to request that another student be placed in the space you are vacating. The student must have an application on file and already be guaranteed housing in order to be eligible to take your space.

It could; everyone is a little different. The RA position includes a room waiver and a stipend. We encourage all candidates who have questions about their financial aid to consult with Student Financial Services prior to accepting the RA position to better understand how it could impact their aid package.

The RA selection process is very competitive. We typically hire less than half of the candidates who apply. The percentage of applicants hired for the RA position varies from year to year based on needs in our complexes and the number of RAs who choose to return each year.

The Resident Assistant position is a time-intensive position and should be a top priority; however, we encourage our applicants to maintain some involvement in other activities. If you are looking to work outside of the RA position, either on or off-campus, we require you receive prior approval.

Intensive academic commitments like clinicals and student teaching are not compatible with the time demands of the Resident Assistant position. First-year students in the nursing program may be eligible to serve as an RA during their sophomore year only pending confirmation of their clinical schedule. Candidates needing to complete these requirements in their first year of employment will not be eligible for hire.

If offered the RA position, an introductory meeting will be held in late April or May with your supervision team and complex Resident Assistant staff. RA Training is required for all staff and typically begins in mid-August.


Residence Life & Housing is part of the Division of Student Life, which contributes and facilitates critical learning and development within healthy, inclusive and supportive communities, so that all students may thrive at UD and beyond.