Resident Advisor Program

Be a Resident Advisor

Being a resident advisor (RA) can be one of the most meaningful experiences of your college years. As an RA, you help to create community on campus by forming relationships with each other, developing critical thinking skills, and helping students learn more about themselves.

Selection Process

Develop and attain transferable skills that will help you far beyond the RA role.

2018–2019 Academic Year Selection Process: December 2017 – February 2018

Each academic year, 18 students are hired as RAs and work together in pairs to oversee their assigned community. Two live-in area coordinators supervise the RAs.

Application for New Applicants (also available in the Office of Residential Life)

Available Information Session Dates (TBD)

  • Monday, January 23, 2017, 7 pm, Frankel Living Room
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 7 pm, GJW
  • Friday, January 27, 2017, 12 pm, Student Union

Group Interview: Each candidate must complete an hour-and-a-half group interview, during which you will work in small groups to complete structured interactive activities focused on teamwork and decision making. Dress in casual attire (no pajamas or sweatpants), and bring a pen or pencil.

Individual Interview: Each candidate must also complete a 30-minute individual interview to discuss your leadership skills, work experience, and other relevant skills and strengths. You may schedule an interview when you submit the application. Dress in professional/business casual attire (no jeans or shorts). For interview tips, we encourage you to review Career Planning & Resources’ Interview Preparation materials or take part in their mock interviews.


RA training prepares you with the necessary tools to be successful in your role. Area coordinators provide student leaders with an in-depth understanding of Scripps policies and processes from a staff viewpoint.

Students train for two and a half weeks in the fall and four to five days in the spring prior to the first day of classes. Attendance during training is mandatory and is a condition of maintaining employment in the RA role. It is the student’s responsibility to return to campus for training in early August and January. Topics to be covered include the following:

  • RA role and expectations
  • Team building and setting team goals
  • Understanding individual leadership styles and strengths
  • Ethics and decision making
  • Programming
  • On-call training
  • First aid and CPR training/emergency preparedness
  • Personal development
  • Conflict mediation
  • Diversity and identity training
  • Connecting with consortium resources
  • Preparing for residence hall openings

For more information, contact