Carnegie Mellon University

Resident Assistant Selection

Becoming a Resident Assistant (RA) is a great way to get involved in your residence hall community. RAs are key student leaders who help their peers to develop artistic and intellectual curiosity, personal wellbeing, professional competency, and leadership skills. They do this by providing opportunities for community members to engage with each other, while finding ways for each resident to contribute to the larger community.

Overview and Timeline

The selection process has been designed to help you learn as much as possible about the RA position so that you can make an informed decision about becoming an RA in the event that you are offered a position. Details about the role are available in the RA Position Description (pdf). The process itself consists of several phases:

While not mandatory, these sessions provide an excellent orientation to the RA position and the selection process.

January 16, 2018 at 5PM:  McKenna, Peter, and Wright Rooms (Cohon University Center)

For all candidates, submission of an online RA application is the first step. This application is due on January 21, 2018 at 11:00AM.

New RA candidates will need to submit an online RA application, which includes uploading both a resume and several short essay questions. You will also need to provide contact information for two individuals who you have asked to serve as references for you in the RA selection process.

Returning RA candidates (individuals who have been or are currently an RA) will also need to submit an online RA application, which includes uploading both a resume and several short essay questions. You will also need to provide contact information for two individuals who you have asked to serve as references for you in the RA selection process.

Online RA Application for new and returning candidates

After submitting your RA application you will be invited to participate in an individual interview which will occur sometime between January 22, 2018 and February 7, 2018.

The 30-40 minute interview will consist of you meeting with a Housefellow and Community Advisor. While you may be meeting with representatives from one specific house, they will share their thoughts from the interview with all of the residential communities and you are being considered as a candidate for all RA positions across campus.

The interviews will take place in the Housefellow's office, unless otherwise noted. The location of the offices are listed below:

You will be contacted by the Housefellow conducting your interview to schedule a time to meet.

A Note for Both New and Returning Candidates

By submitting your application, you consent to a check of your university academic record and judicial record to determine whether you are an enrolled student in good standing with the university. Students with below a 2.25 for either Fall 2017 or cumulative QPA are not eligible to be hired as an RA. Applicants with Fall 2017 or cumulative QPAs below 2.25 are welcome to participate in the interview process and may be identified as alternates as a result of their performance in the selection process. Applicants who have an academic or judicial history that could have some negative impact on their candidacy will be contacted by a Housefellow to discuss the situation.  

Community Advisor Selection

Community Advisor (CA) application information will be available in Fall 2018.