Resident Assistant Selection and Application Process

Thank you for expressing an interest in becoming a Resident Assistant (RA). Below you will find the following links: job description, application form and reference form which includes a grade point average release form. Please review the RA position description before applying.

Minimum Application Requirements

  • Undergraduate applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better. A GPA of at least 2.75 must be maintained during each semester of employment.
  • Graduate applicants (not including Law students) must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. A GPA of at least 3.0 must be maintained during each semester of employment.
  • Applicants must not have an active judicial file. All applicants will be screened to ensure they meet this requirement.
  • Undergraduate applicants for Resident Assistant must have at least 24-credit hours, Graduate students must have 3-credit hours by the beginning of the contract period and Law students must be an L2 by the beginning of the contract period and be enrolled as a full-time degree-seeking student at St. Thomas University.
  • Applicants must be available to commit to one full academic year.


If after receiving your application, we find that you do not meet the minimum requirements established for the RA position your interviews will be cancelled. You will be notified via your STU email address if this occurs.

Application Process

  • This application must be submitted online. Reference forms are in pdf format and can be downloaded from the link below. If you experience difficulty downloading the forms, please forward your request for a hard copy to RAtkinson@STU.EDU.
  • Complete every item on the application. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • List names, addresses, and current phone numbers of the individuals filling out reference forms for you. Please contact the individuals prior to listing them on the application to make certain that they are willing to fill out the reference form. Explain the position and its responsibilities to your references.
  • For students without a social security number, please insert 000-00-0000 on the application form.


Position Description

Being a Resident Assistant is a privilege. As a member of the Residence Life Staff, the Resident Assistant (RA) is responsible for establishing and maintaining a positive living environment for resident students. The Resident Assistant is a 24-hour live-in student staff member responsible for community development activities; educational, diversity, wellness, community service, spiritual, and social programs; policy enforcement, building duty coverage, administrative functions, crisis intervention, and group and individual assistance. The Resident Assistant reports to the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs(AVPSA).

The following are the specific qualifications and general descriptions of the major areas of responsibility. Student Affairs staff members may assign additional tasks as needed.

A. Terms of Agreement

  • One academic year (August-May) (excluding Winter Break)
  • Live in assigned residence hall space during contract period and abide by all terms and conditions of the Residence Hall Contract.
  • Arrangements for extended leave (two or more nights) from the residence hall must be made in advance with the AVPSA.
  • Termination of employment by either party, Resident Assistant or Residece Life, during the contract period is subject to the conditions of the Employment Agreement.


B. Benefits / Compensation

  • Free room and board
  • Leadership and team building training and experience


C. Areas of Responsibility

  • Duty coverage
  • Weekly meetings
  • Community building
  • Programming
  • Policy enforcement
  • Communication logs
  • Crisis management
  • Assist with maintenance issues

Additional Information