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.

2021-2022 RA Application Timeline

Click here for the RA Online Application

January 2021

  • January 11: Applications are available via myHousing
  • January 27: Information Session I - Learn about the RA role and the selection process via Zoom

February 2021

  • February 3: Information Session II - Learn about the RA role and the selection process via Zoom
  • February 6: Application closes on myHousing
  • February 15-17: New RA Individual Interviews (Scheduled with professional staff once application has been submitted)
  • By end of month: RA Candidate Decision Letters sent out

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 the Spring semester.

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

Resident Assistant Application Packet 2021-2022


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