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Residence Life and Housing

Become a Resident Assistant

Job Description

At Wright State University, the resident assistant (R.A.) position is an integral position. Resident assistants are student employees who have direct and constant, day-to-day interactions with residents. As an R.A., you will develop your leadership skills and enhance your communication skills while gaining a better understanding of yourself and others.

If you have a passion for reaching out and working with fellow students on a daily basis, the R.A. position is a good fit for you. This position requires strong leadership from you. You must be available to residents for significant periods of time, which is critical to successfully developing your community and to effectively complete your position responsibilities.

Due to the time demands of the R.A. position, applicants who plan to take more than the normal undergraduate 18-credit-hour schedule will need to receive advance approval. Applicants who plan to take graduate classes or participate in student teaching, internships, co-ops, or nursing clinicals will require approval from the associate director for residence life. Applicants who hold paid positions in student organizations (i.e., UAB, Student Government, etc.) or on-campus may not be employed as an R.A. if hours for that position add up to more than 10 hours per week. Resident assistants are limited to no more than 12 hours of outside commitments, including secondary employment (maximum 10 hours), community involvement, or campus leadership activities.

You will be assigned to a residential community. You are expected to remain in good academic and judicial standing with Residence Life and Housing and the university. Resident assistants are not eligible to hold any elected position in the Residential Community Council position. You will be hired for one academic year only and must apply for reinstatement for each following year.


  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at Wright State University
  • Good academic standing by the first day of employment


Along with an invaluable and rewarding growth experience, resident assistants receive a meal plan, a single R.A. room, and a waiver of the required residential activity fee. Facilities for partners or dependents are not currently available.

How to Apply

  • Submit the Online Application form: Online Application Form 
  • Submit two resident assistant reference forms. If the applicant currently lives on campus, using a current resident assistant as a reference is highly recommended.

A Day in the Life of a RA 

Timeline for Selection Process 2022–2023

  • RA Application opened on October 1, 2021 
  • RA Application closes Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.
  • Students must register for the A term course (SAA 4100) in Spring 2022