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WHAT'S AN RA?

Resident Assistants (RAs) are student leaders and paid employees of the Office of Residential Education at Hobart and William Smith. An RA is assigned to each residential area and is responsible for creating a sense of community in the residence hall.

In developing such a community, they often address issues of personal counseling, advising, policy enforcement, programming (personal growth, community development, integrating living and learning, and social), etc. When students have questions or concerns about their living situations or about the Colleges in general, RAs are a great first stop for advice and tips.

In addition to acting as a role model both on and off-campus, RAs ensure that student behavior in residences is in accord with the Colleges’ policies as outlined in the Handbook of Community Standards.

New RA Application Timeline


Nov. 17


RA application packets available at Residential Education for spring abroad applicants only.

Dec. 5


All Spring Abroad applications due (applicants who are study abroad spring 2015)

Dec. 7


Group Process for Spring Abroad Applicants. 1:00pm-2:30pm

Dec. 8, 9, 10

Spring Abroad Interviews (only for candidates going abroad spring 2015)

Jan. 19

RA application packets available for all applicants at Residential Education.

Jan. 27

Information Session I - Cox Hall 001,
7pm - Residential Education staff will be available to answer questions about the RA position and selection process

Feb. 4

Information Session II - Cox Hall 001,
8pm - Residential Education staff will be available to answer questions about the RA position and selection process

Feb. 10

RA Applications due to Residential Education by 5:00pm (candidates will sign up for an interview time and group process)

Feb. 15

Group Process - Mandatory for all new RA applicants (1-3pm or 5-7pm)

Feb. 17, 18, 19

Personal Interviews (1-5pm), Vandervort Room

Feb. 27

New RA candidates are notified of their status

Mar. 2

New RA acceptances are due for the position

Returning RA Application Timeline


Dec. 8, 9, 10

Spring Abroad Performance Review with supervisor (only for candidates going abroad spring 2015)

Dec. 8

SRA applications available.

Jan. 26-30

Performance Reviews with supervisor. 

Feb. 2

SRA applications due to Residential Education by 5:00pm.

Feb. 4, 5, 6

SRA Interviews.

Feb. 13

SRAs and Returning RA applicants notified of their status

Feb. 16

SRA applicants and Returning RA acceptances due to ResEd.

BECOMING A Resident Assistant

Resident Assistants are selected from a competitive pool of applicants and undergo rigorous training.

The Resident Assistant application process usually begins in late fall and ends in February.

To apply, please download and fill out the application and return it to the Office of Residential Education. Note: New AND returning resident assistants must fill out the RA Application Packet. Additionally, returning RAs must fill out the Returner RA Application.

Need help writing a resume? Visit the Office of Career Services' Resume Help website.


RA Application