What is a resident assistant?
A resident assistant (RA) is an undergraduate student selected to live in the residence halls and serve as a leader in the residential community. Through regular and direct communication with those on their floor, RAs build a safe and inclusive community that promotes the educational experience of residential living. RAs are trained to respond to any situation that arises in the residence halls ranging from roommate conflicts and homesickness to more serious situations such as medical emergencies and substance violations.
Join Our Team!
If you want to learn more about yourself and develop your leadership skills and provide a helping hand to fellow students, we’d like you to join our team. There are many benefits to becoming an RA, some of which tie directly to Penn State’s Values. These include the following:
- Becoming more engaged with the campus community (Community)
- Developing transferable skills (Discovery)
- Providing a helping hand to others (Respect)
- Building and leading the community on your floor and in your residence hall (Community)
- Develop new friendships (Community)
- Improved organization and time management skills (Responsibility)
- Growing personally through intentional leadership development and workshops for resident assistants (Integrity)
- Making a lasting impact at Penn State Altoona (Excellence)
- Enrolled as a current Penn State Altoona student in good standing at the time of application
- Possess and maintain full-time student status (12 credit hours) throughout the application process
- Possess and maintain a minimum 2.4 cumulative GPA through the application process
- Maintain good conduct standing with Penn State Altoona throughout the application process (Note: A past violation of policy or the law may result in a candidate being removed from the process)
Application Process and Timeline
Students who are interested in becoming RAs complete a thorough application and interview process prior to serving as an RA. This process includes completing an online application and interview, successful completion of the HIED 302 class, and an interview to join the staff.
|Event||Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|Resident Assistant Information Sessions||Meet our RAs and professional staff throughout campus during the first five weeks of classes. RAs and Professional staff will host virtual presentations and drop-in Q&A times in the residence halls, Port-Sky Café, and the Downtown campus. Check your Penn State email and signage on campus as well as floor meetings for more information.|
A copy of your current class schedule and unofficial transcripts must be submitted to [email protected] in to consider your application complete and eligible for review
|Applications are available on a rolling basis. Priority deadline for review is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2020.||Applications are available on a rolling basis. Priority deadline for review is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 19, 2021.|
|Interview Eligibility Status Notification and Scheduling||Notifications will be emailed no later than Thursday, November 5, 2020.||Notifications will be emailed no later than Friday, April 2, 2021.|
|Individual Interview with Coordinator and RA||November 9–20, 2020, by invitation only.||April 5–16, 2021, by invitation only.|
|HIED 302 Eligibility Sent via Email||Notifications will be emailed no later than noon on Friday, December 4, 2020.||Notifications will be emailed no later than 12 Noon on Thursday, April 29, 2021.|
Compensation for RAs
All RAs receive room and board (meal plan 3), as well as a tuition stipend pending budget approval by the Board of Trustees.
Applicants Transferring to Penn State Altoona
If you are transferring to Penn State Altoona and are currently an RA at another Penn State campus or have already completed/are currently enrolled in HIED 302, please contact the Office of Residence Life at [email protected] or 814-949-5710.