Resident Assistant Application Information

  • Residential Assistant eligibility requirements

    To serve as an RA, you must: 

    • Have a 2.5 GPA at the time of hire
    • Have earned a total of 24 credits by the start of 2021-22
    • Be in good judicial standing with the university at the time of hire (not on probation or warning
    • Maintain RA responsibilities (approximately 20 hours/week) second only to academic responsibilities, if hired

    RA interest sessions

    Attending one interest session is mandatory in order to be fully considered to become an RA. Below are the dates, times, and Zoom link for the four sessions. You only need to attend one session.

    • Wed. Feb. 10th at 8:00 p.m.
    • Thurs. Feb. 11th at 8:00 p.m.
    • Tues. Feb. 16th at 8:00 p.m.
    • Sun. Feb. 21st at 8:00 p.m.

    If you are unable to attend an interest session, please email Julene Pinto-Dyczewski at

    RA application

    1. The application link will be sent out to those who attend an interest session.
    2. You will compose answers to reflective questions.
    3. Part of the application is a PowerPoint project where you will tell us a little about yourself, advertise a program, and share with us your skills!
    4. The application is due March 1, 2021.

    RA selection process

    1. Apply— including short answer questions and a PowerPoint project—by March 1, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.
    2. If selected to proceed, participation in a two week program called the Resident Assistant Placement Process (RAPP).
    3. Interview with a member of the Residence Life staff.

    If you have questions, please email Associate Director Julene Pinto-Dyczewski.


    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!


    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 or Zack Neil.

    Frequently asked questions

    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.