Resident Advisor Application Process


Congratulations on considering becoming a Scripps College Resident Advisor (RA). The RA position is an exciting opportunity to contribute to your institution and also impact the lives of students who live in your hall. Throughout the application process, you will begin to see the personal growth that is possible with such a position. Each academic year a total of 18 individuals are hired as RAs with the Residence Life Department and work together in pairs of two to oversee their respective assigned community. These 18 RAs are supervised by two live-in Professional Residential Staff known as Area Coordinators.

This page contains numerous pieces of information that are presented to help you learn about the position and the process to apply to be an RA. Contact if you have any questions that are not answered here.


2017 – 2018 RESIDENT ADVISOR APPLICATION (For New Applicants)

The 2017 – 2018 RA application process will open December 2, 2016. Find out more below.


The RA Selection Process is a multi-step process. The descriptions below are meant to help you understand each phase and your role in the process.

ApplicationThe first stage of the selection process is filling out the RA application online or picking up a copy from the Dean of Students (DOS) Office. The application will be due to DOS, located in Balch Hall on or before January 30, 2017. You may download the editable application here or stop by the Dean of Students office to pick up a copy.

Available Information Session Dates:

Monday, January 23, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Frankel Living Room

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 7 p.m. in GJW

Friday, January 27, 2017 at 12 p.m. in Student Union

Group Process: Each candidate must complete a 1.5 hour group interview. The purpose of the group interview is to give candidates an opportunity to work in small groups to complete structured interactive activities with other candidates. Teamwork and decision making will be the focus of these structured activities. Candidates will be contacted after applications are turned in with information regarding date and time of the group interview. Attire for this interview is casual (no PJs or sweatpants). Participants should bring a writing utensil to the group interview.

Individual InterviewsEach candidate must complete a 30 minute individual interview. The purpose of the individual interview is to give candidates an opportunity to talk about their leadership, work experience, relevant skills and strengths. Candidates will sign up for an individual interview when they turn in their application. Attire for this interview should be professional/business casual (no jeans or shorts). We encourage you to use CP&R to practice a mock interview for tips on how to interview.


2017 – 2018 RESIDENT ADVISOR APPLICATION (For Returning Applicants)

ApplicationThe RA application includes general, academic, and involvement related information. Applicants are also asked to thoughtfully respond to a series of short answer prompts.

Individual Interviews: Each returning RA candidate must complete an interview and presentation. The purpose of the presentation is to give returning RA candidates an opportunity to reflect on their strengths, struggles, and experience as an RA and to share what skills they would bring to the team if they returned for another year. Candidates will sign up for an individual interview when they turn in their application. Returning RA candidates will also be provided with a detailed explanation of the presentation requirements. Attire for this interview should be professional/business casual (no jeans or shorts).



Letters will be sent to all applicants indicating if they are being offered a position for the 2017 – 2018 academic year on February 15, 2017 via email.

Applicants will receive one of three decisions:

  • Position Offer- This letter states that you are being offered an RA position for the 2017 – 2018 Academic Year
  • Alternate Offer- This letter states that you are being offered a spot in the alternate pool. The alternate pool is a group of candidates who will be considered for an RA position that come open throughout the summer and academic year.
  • No Position Offer- This letter states that we are unable to offer you an RA position


2017-2018 Application Timeline

Friday, December 2, 2016: RA Applications available

Monday, January 23, 2017: Info Session in Frankel Hall at 7pm

Wednesday, January 25, 2017: Info Session in GJW at 7pm

Friday, January 27, 2017: Info Session in Student Union at 12pm

Monday, January 30, 2017: RA Applications Due on or before 5pm to DOS

1st week of February: Notifications for Group Interview sent out via email

Saturday, February 4: RA Group Interviews  (8:00am-12noon)

Tuesday, February 6- Friday February 10: Individual Interviews

Wednesday, February 15- RA Selection Decision letters go out via campus mailboxes and email

Friday, February 24: Accept/Decline email by 5pm

*Schedule subject to change


Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Apply?

Any current, full time student Scripps student that meets the below requirements:

  • Has lived on campus for at least 1 year
  • Is in Good Academic Standing  (8.0 GPA at the time of application)
  • Will have completed 16 credits by the end of Spring 2017

Where Do I Go For An Application?

You can get the application online or pick one up from the Dean of Students Office located in Balch Hall starting Friday, December 2, 2016.

What Is The Deadline For Application?

January 30, 2017

Is There A GPA Requirement?

Yes, you must remain in good academic standing (maintaining a minimum 8.0 GPA and making satisfactory academic progress), financial standing, and display outstanding personal conduct. Grade checks will be completed at the end of each semester, including Spring 2017, to ensure staff members maintain a min. 8.0 GPA for continued employment.

Is there a written list of expectations in order to be an RA?

Yes. All selected RAs must sign a contract before starting their position. Please refer to this sample of current RA Job expectations for anticipated expectations  in this role.  *Expectations subject to change*

Can I Apply If I Have A Student Conduct Record?

In short, yes, you can apply for the RA position but your conduct record will be a consideration in the holistic interview process for hiring.

What If I Am Applying To Study Abroad in the Spring?

Individuals going for Study abroad in the Spring will have a chance to apply to be an RA during the Fall. Please keep an eye out in the future for notification of applications available.

What If I Have Participated In The Selection Process Before? Do I Still Have The Same Requirements?

Yes. All RA candidates must go through the entire selection process each year that they apply.

How Will I Receive Communication After Submitting An Application?

All applicants will receive communication from the Residential Life regarding the RA Application Process at the email address provided by the candidate upon applying.

What does RA Training look like?

Find out more information about RA Training here!