Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience: Office of Student Life


Resident Advisors (RAs)

Resident Advisors (RAs)

Resident Advisors are peer leaders who supervise others living in our residence halls. They are often the first resource for others with academic, institutional, or personal questions. RAs have diverse responsibilities; virtually all are tied to developing community and engaging with students to create an extraordinary experience for them at Ohio State.

RAs are trained in tools for engaging in difficult conversations/facilitating conflict mediation, as well as ways to grow critical thinking and problem solving skills.

RA applications for the 2018-2019 academic year (jobs beginning Fall 2018) are now closed.

Candidate who completed their application will be notified of their standing in the process during the 1st week of classes in January. Please check your email during that time for more information.

RA Informational sessions for next process will be posted during the summer of 2018.

Please note the following before applying for the RA position:

All candidates must maintain a 2.5 semester and cumulative G.P.A. through the entire hiring process and their time as a Resident Advisor.

RAs must be enrolled as full time students during their terms of employment and be in good standing with the university. As well, RAs must have completed 24 credit hours prior to starting the role, and be a second year student at the university.

You should be aware of the following training requirements and dates before applying. If you are selected to be a RA, you will need to plan your travels around these dates. Note that training dates are subject to change: RA Fall Training will likely begin Sunday August 5th, 2018.

All fall-term RAs are required to attend all of Fall Training, help with the OWL program and Move-In, and help with Ohio State’s Move- In process. If you anticipate having a conflict with fall training (such as fall-sport athletes, trip leaders), you should contact Diana Berry ( prior to applying for a position for questions.

Training is important (and required) because:

  • You will learn to do your job
  • You will have an opportunity to practice and prepare for dealing with some of the more difficult aspects of the RA position
  • You will work with other RAs to develop as a team and get to know each other well
  • Your residence hall team will develop group norms and expectations and plan for the term
  • You will prepare your floor and building for resident arrival
  • You will help with first-year orientation (even if you do not have first-year students)
  • Early Return residents will already be living on your floor - you will be their RA!

If you have any questions about the RA process please contact: