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Resident Assistant (RA)

LSU Resident Assistants (RAs) are live-in leaders, role models, and community builders. As one of the premier student leadership positions on campus, RAs are carefully selected, placed on a staff team, and trained by the Department of Residential Life to develop a positive living and learning experience for on-campus residents. RAs create programs that enhance community, meet residents’ personal and academic needs, build positive relationships with residents, and create a safe environment where residents have opportunities to grow academically and socially. 

College can be a challenging transition for residents, and RAs should be role models and advocates for various campus resources. Your role as an RA is to know the residents in your community on a personal level, provide them with guidance and support, and be excited for their successes. 

Interested in being a Resident Assistant?  Don’t miss out on this experience to build your resume, have fun, and experience something that is more than just your average job!


The RA application for 2018-19 is closed.

RA applications for 2019-20 will open later in the fall semester.

RA Job Description

RA Employment Agreement



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Interview & Selection Timeline for 2019-20 Applicants

Step 1: Attend an Info Session

  • Attending an information session is mandatory this year.
  • The information session will provide specifics on the qualifications and responsibilities required of the job and the application process itself.

Step 2: Apply online 

  • All applicants must apply through Handshake. Set up an account, have your resume reviewed, and then complete the RA application through Handshake.
  • Position number for new RA applicants: Coming soon
  • Position number for returning RA applicants: Coming soon

Step 3: Open House Night 

  • At the Open House event, you will get a chance to meet your interview group for Saturday and learn more about our residential communities for the upcoming school year.
  • You will be notified of your Open House candidate number, group and check-in time in advance of the event.
  • Attendance at this event is mandatory.
  • Dress is casual.

Step 4: Group Process Day

  • Group process day interviews focus on working in teams, problem solving, and fostering inclusive environments. You will be in the same group as you were in during Open House.
  • Be yourself and have fun. This is an opportunity for you to interact with other students who are going through the same process as you.
  • Please bring something to write with.
  • Attendance at this event is mandatory.
  • Dress is casual.

Step 5: Individual Interviews

  • The final stage of the RA selection process is an individual interview with supervisors from various on-campus communities. Candidates invited back for individual interviews will receive an email to schedule an interview through the Handshake website.
  • Interviews will last approximately 30 minutes and follow a question and answer format, with the opportunity to ask questions at the end.
  • Attendance at this event is mandatory.
  • Dress is business casual for individual interviews.

Step 6: Offers Made

  • Decision letters will be available to you by the end of February. All letters regardless of decision will be available at the same time.
  • If you do not receive an offer to be an RA, you will have the opportunity to discuss this decision with the associate director or RA selection chairperson.