Want To Be A Resident Assistant?


To qualify, you must meet the following by the end of the Spring 2021 semester:

  • 36 undergraduate credit hours (those in master's and Ph.D. programs meet this requirement)
  • Minimum of one year living in a residence hall at the college/university level
  • Cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Must be able to serve for one full academic year
  • Must complete an online application by November 8, 2020

NOTE: If you are not currently on campus and would like to be an RA, please email raselect@purdue.edu for information about applying.

Link to Virtual RA Information Session

To apply for the RA Position:

  1. Watch the virtual information session (above link)
  2. Complete the survey that can be found at the end of the virtual information session
  3. Follow the instructions at the end of the survey to sign up for a 20-minute informational conversation with a Residence Education Assistant, a Residence Education Coordinator or an Assistant Director of Residential Life
  4. After all of the above are completed, you will receive a link to the application
  5. Complete the application by Sunday, November 8th, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Phase One

  • View online information session
  • Participate in a meeting with a current Residence Education Assistant (REA), Residence Education Coordinator (REC) or Assistant Director of Residential Life. More information about this meeting will be introduced during the virtual information session.
  • Receive notification regarding your application and qualifications by January 15th, 2021, to move on to Phase Two which includes how to register for the Big Weekend (see below).
Phase Two
  • Attend sessions of the Big Weekend from February 5-7th, 2021. The  Big Weekend includes a group interview and a 30-minute individual interview during parts of Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Successful completion of the Big Weekend is mandatory in order to be eligible for hire for the RA position; successful completion of the Big Weekend does not guarantee a resident assistant position.
  • You will be notified prior to Spring Break regarding employment.
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    Questions about what it takes to be an RA? Talk with any current RA to learn about the different aspects and benefits of the position or email raselect@purdue.edu .