Ready to go behind the scenes and learn how student leaders find their wings?

Resident Assistants (RAs) develop leadership skills while creating a safe, fun and vibrant community for their residents. The RA role is a gateway to campus engagement and meaningful connections with other students. Come backstage to see how our RAs help support our residents and campus community.

An RA’s primary responsibility is cultivating one-on-one relationships with 15 – 70 residents, enriching their campus living experience with valuable insights. Our RAs also encourage campus involvement by crafting and supporting hall programs, major events and university initiatives. RAs contribute to resident safety and a secure campus by promptly reporting issues and managing minor incidents.

Candidate Requirements

  • Attend an information session (dates and times listed below) 
  • Full-Time Enrollment: RAs must be registered as full-time KSU students with a course load of at least 12 credit hours (undergraduate) or 9 credit hours (graduate) for Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 and must have completed at least one semester at KSU by the start date. 
  • GPA: Must maintain a 2.5 KSU cumulative and term GPA at the time of appointment and throughout the term of employment.
    Student Conduct: Must be in good conduct standing at the time of appointment and throughout the term of employment.
  • Criminal Background Screening: RAs will be subject to a criminal background screening conducted by KSU’s Human Resources, which they must complete successfully.
  • Housing Commitment: RAs are required to sign a housing contract and pay the housing activity fee to reside on campus, ensuring their availability throughout the academic year and breaks for RA responsibilities.

Position Description

Resident Assistants are student leaders within the Department of Housing and Residence Life (HRL), taking center stage in building personal connections with residents and enhancing their campus experience.

RAs also support HRL and campus initiatives and events for residents, host individual programs, serve as the first level of Housing’s On-Call (Emergency Response) structure and complete administrative tasks throughout the year to support their community. A great RA is a problem solver, campus resource, roommate mediator and one of your first friends on your floor. 

Please review the 2024-2025 RA Agreement for a full look into what the Resident Assistant Position entails.  

2024-2025 RA Agreement 

2024-2024 RA Selection Application


Lights Camera Action


I applied to be an RA because I enjoy helping others and giving them the resources they need to be successful. This job also helps me strengthen my skills in leadership and management. My favorite part about being an RA is talking with my residents, learning new things about them and knowing I am being a good resource for them



I applied to be a Resident Assistant because of the influence my junior year RA, Brandon, had on me. My favorite part about being an RA is the opportunity I have to be a mentor and coach in a similar fashion.



I applied to be an RA because as a resident my RAs are what made living on campus feel like home. My favorite part of being an RA is being able to create events that residents can come to and meet new people. I enjoy seeing them meet other residents and find their "clique" because that's what I wanted when I was a resident.



Open Hall Series


October 4, 8:00 PM - Courtyard 33MO4
October 9, 8:00 PM - Howell Hall Lobby
October 19, 9:00 PM - HV 100 Lobby


October 3, 8:00 PM- ARC Town Hall, Lower Level
October 10, 6:30 PM - North Housing Office (UV 6000)
October 10, 8:00 PM - North Housing Office (UV 6000)
October 12, 7:00 PM - UVS Lobby
October 18, 8:00 PM - The Summit Lobby
October 23, 7:30 PM - Terrace Level 1000 Building


2024-25 RA Application Timeline and Process

November 3 – Application Close 

November 13 through November 21 – Application Review 

November 27 - Interview Offers

December 12 through December 14 - RA Interviews (Virtual)

December 15 - Grade Check  

December 20 - Round 2 Interview Offer  

Early February – Offer Letter

RA Workshops and Orientation

If chosen for the Resident Assistant role, participation in RA Workshops is mandatory throughout February 2024 and March 2024. Further information on workshop dates will be provided during RA Interviews. 

Community Assistants (Senior RAs) and Community Coordinators

RA Orientation


The answers to many of your questions about the RA position can be found on this website in the information video above or during our Open Hall series. If you have any additional questions, please email

  • Each new candidate must apply for the RA position. Candidates must also satisfy our conduct screenings, grade screenings, Title IX screenings, and any other screenings conducted by HRL. Each candidate must have completed at least one semester at KSU before beginning their RA role. 
  • No, room and community assignments are determined by HRL staff based on interviews and community needs.
  • RA placements are changed only if community needs shift. We encourage students to explore our communities through the Open Hall series to determine which environment is the best fit for them.
  • HRL will be hosting Open Halls within each community for candidates to ask questions to professional staff and current RAs. If you want to learn more about the role, look for our RA Street Team around campus or connect with a current RA. For specific application questions, please email
  • We recommend utilizing the Career Planning and Development interview preparation tools  when preparing for your interview. Additionally, we suggest you reach out to current RAs to learn about their interview experience and the qualities we look for in candidates.  
  • The 2024-25 RA Selection process involves two in-person interviews conducted by HRL professional staff and current RAs. Detailed information will be sent to applicants in December.