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RA Candidate FAQs

Why should I apply to be an RA?

Becoming an RA gives you hands on leadership experience and transferrable skills (public speaking, conflict management, etc.) that are applicable to many fields of study and career paths.

How do I find out about my individual and group interviews?

All communication regarding the RA Selection process will be sent to your Fisher email. After submitting an RA Application, please check your Fisher email frequently throughout the RA Selection process.

How many hours a week does an RA work?

The time commitment for the RA position will vary week-to-week depending on the time of year and the needs of the students in the building. RAs also have a weekly individual meeting with their supervisor and a building/area staff meeting on Tuesday nights. Additionally, RAs are required to be part of the duty rotation for their building/area throughout the course of the semester. The number of nights on duty will depend on the number of RAs on staff in the building/area. Duty schedules are typically determined prior to the start of the semester to allow for flexibility and to work around personal, athletic, and academic commitments.

What is “duty”?

In each building/area an RA is on duty every night during the semester. This guarantees that there is at least one RA in the building/area available to answer questions and assist residents. While on duty, RAs also “go on rounds” which helps to build community, ensure resident safety, ensure security of the building, and allows for facilities issues to be reported in a timely manner.

Can I work another job if I am an RA?

All employment outside of the RA position should be discussed and approved by the building supervisor in advance. RAs who are approved to work another job are limited to no more than 12 hours per week.

How do I learn how to do the RA job?

RA Training occurs prior the start of each semester. Dates of RA Training are communicated in advance so that RAs can plan their breaks from school accordingly. The information provided at training will detail performance expectations as well as the nuts and bolts of each area of the position. Training is an ongoing process that continues throughout the semester in weekly individual meetings, staff meetings, and in-service training sessions.

Fall RA Positions

I applied to be an RA, why do I still have to apply for housing and pay the housing deposit?

RAs are also residential students, so candidates are required to apply for housing pay the housing deposit. The housing deposit will appear on your student account as a credit for the upcoming semester. Candidates who are offered an RA position will not have to continue in the housing selection process. Candidates who do not receive or decline an offer will continue to participate in the housing selection process and pick a room/roommate.

What happens if I don't get offered an RA position and I still want to live on campus next year?

Candidates will be notified of their RA application status before fall housing applications are due. As long as you apply for housing by the deadline and pay the deposit, you will be able to participate in the housing selection process. Please visit the housing selection page for specific information.

RA Application

Applications will be available starting Wednesday, January 6th at 9 a.m. on ResLife Online. Applications are due by Sunday, February 7th at 11:59 p.m.

Selection Timeline

Look out for these upcoming dates

Jan. 6th

Applications available on ResLife Online at 9:00 a.m.

Jan. 18 - Feb. 6

RA Information Sessions:

Jan. 18 at 9:30 p.m. (Dorsey Lobby)
Jan. 20 at 9:30 p.m. (Keough Lobby)
Jan. 24 at 9:30 p.m. (Wilson Formal)
Jan. 25 at 9:30 p.m. (Murray Lobby)
Jan. 28 at 12:30 p.m. (Mainstage)
Feb. 1 at 9:30 p.m. (Murphy Hall)
Feb. 4 at 9:30 p.m. (Wilson Formal)
Feb. 6 at 9:30 p.m. (Nursing 100)

Each candidate must attend 1 session.

Feb. 7

Applications due by 11:59 p.m. on ResLife Online

Feb. 8 - 12

RA Interviews (Returning RAs Only)

Feb. 15-19

Group interviews (2 hrs.)

Feb. 20

Individual interviews (30 mins.)

Mar. 4

Candidate notification by 4:30 p.m.

RA Agreement

Review the RA Agreement [pdf]


Please contact Stephanie Ketterl at with any questions.

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