Resident assistant information sessions to be held Jan. 15-19

January 02, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Office of Residence Life is currently seeking students who are interested in serving as resident assistants.

RA information sessions begin on Monday, Jan. 15, and will be held at 5 p.m. daily through Friday, Jan. 19, in 102 Thomas Building.

In order to become an RA a student must:

  • Have a cumulative Penn State GPA of 2.4 or higher;
  • Have earned 12 Penn State credits (current semester, Advanced Placement, and transfer credits do not count; and
  • The student conduct history of candidates will be checked prior to selection and placement and may preclude a candidate from being hired. 

The RA position is one of the most important positions within the Office of Residence Life. Through their roles as student educators, RAs are faced with the responsibility of helping students grow beyond their academic development. Whether it is organizing an educational program on relationships, helping someone with class scheduling, or just being there to listen when someone is lonely, RAs have a tremendous impact on residents’ lives. Besides the benefit of helping others, RAs also gain valuable leadership skills through the experience.

Completing the RA application is the first step to becoming an RA. To acquire an application to be a part of the spring 2018 selection process, a student must attend one of the information sessions listed below. If students are not available to attend, another selection process will take place in fall 2018.

  • 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15 — 102 Thomas Building
  • 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 — 102 Thomas Building
  • 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17 — 102 Thomas Building
  • 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 — 102 Thomas Building
  • 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19 — 102 Thomas Building

Additional Information about the RA position can be obtained by asking a current RA, by calling any area Residence Life office or the Central Residence Life Office at 814-863-1710, or by visiting

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Last Updated January 02, 2018