Residence Life and Housing

Become a Resident Assistant

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Job Description—What does an RA do?

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

If you have a passion for day-to-day outreach and helping others succeed, making lifelong connections, and growing alongside your peers, the RA position is a good fit for you. This position requires strong leadership and a commitment to residential students. You must be available to residents for significant periods of time, which is critical to successfully developing your community and effectively completing your position responsibilities.       

Due to the required time commitment of the RA position, applicants who plan to take more than the normal undergraduate 18-credit-hour schedule will need to receive advance approval from their Community Director supervisor. Applicants who plan to take graduate classes or participate in student teaching, internships, co-ops, or nursing clinical will require advanced approval from the associate director for residence life before instatement as an RA.

Furthermore, resident assistants may no be employed in a paid position with campus offices or student organizations for more than 12 hours without approval from their Community Director supervisor. Resident assistants must be able to balance the responsibilities of the position as well as their outside commitments successfully or may need to reconsider their workload to maintain the position.   

If selected, 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. You will be hired for one academic year only and must apply for reinstatement for each following year.

A Day in the Life of a RA


  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at Wright State University
  • Good academic standing by the first day of employment
  • Preference is given to those who have lived on a college campus for at least two academic semesters


Along with an invaluable and rewarding growth experience, resident assistants receive an allotment of dining dollars, a single RA room, and a waiver of the required residential activity fee. Facilities for partners or dependents are not currently available but may be examined on a case-by-case basis.

How to Apply

At this time, we are accepting applications for the 2024-2025 Academic Year.  Students are welcome to apply, and my be contacted should vacancies occur..

 Apply to be a RA for the 2025-2026 School Year

Recruitment for the 2025-2026 academic year will begin in September 2024. Please be on the lookout for more about the timeline and application process.