Resident Assistant Application Information

  • RA Interest Sessions

    Please fill out the RA Interest Form if you’re interested in being notified about our upcoming interest sessions.

    Overview

    The Residential Assistant (RA) is instrumental in creating engaging, safe, and positive communities in our residence halls. RAs are tasked with being peer mentors to their residents, and assist with several types of scenarios in our residence halls. Check out one of our interest sessions to learn more!

    Eligibility

    In order to be eligible for a RA position you must:

    • Have lived on campus for one academic year (two semesters) by the 2020–21 school year
    • Be an IUP student for the entire 2020–21 school year 
    • Be in good judicial standing with the university
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5
    • Be able to devote 20 hours a week to the position
    • Attend and complete summer training (begin date in the middle of August)
    • Attend an interest session
    • Attend two Resident Assistant Placement Process (RAPP) sessions

    For any questions, please email Julene Pinto-Dyczewski (jjpinto@iup.edu) or Zack Neil ( zneil@iup.edu).

    FAQ

    What are you looking for in an RA?

    Someone who is unapologetically themselves, and who has a real passion for helping others.

    How many RAs do you hire each year?

    It depends on the year. We strive to have our RA numbers mirror the occupancy for that upcoming academic year.

    Do you take into account if we are in Residence Hall Council or an office worker?

    Certainly! We look at your entire application, and we take into consideration any type of leadership experience you have.

    Wait, what is RAPP?

    The RA Placement Process is a multi-week group interview in which participants work with each other to show their critical thinking skills, ability to work as a team, and creative problem solving. You will hear more about this process at your interest session.

    Do you take community preferences into account when placing RAs?

    Yes, though it is one of many factors when determining who goes to which staff.

    Do I need a reference?

    Nope! We do not need names for references due to the high volume of applicants.