Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience: Office of Student Life


Resident Advisors (RAs)

Resident Advisors (RAs) 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 at The Ohio State University.

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.

What current and former RAs have to say about their experiences!

"The Resident Advisor position developed my interpersonal skills, ability to manage emergencies calmly, and achieving work-life balance that interviewers see the value in as a candidate, and my now employers as an employee and graduate student. I believe the skills I learned and developed during my time in Residence Life played a huge part in developing my character and work ethic, earning me opportunities both within and outside my career field I may not have had otherwise." Amy Sharn, MS Human Nutrition Candidate, College of Education and Human Ecology

"Being a RA has prepared me for life after graduation in so many ways. I have referenced some aspect of the RA position in every job and medical school interview. The position is highly interpersonal, captivating, and rewarding. Many people do not get the opportunity to meet such a diverse group of people or practice professionalism during their time in college. The experience really prepares you for the real world." - Vivian Wang, Program Assistant at the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center

"I think one of the most important things that I gained from the RA position was a much greater appreciation for others' perspectives. From residents to co-workers, I heard all different approaches to issues, ideas, and life in general. It's really helped me open my eyes and see the world with a broader scope and a deeper understanding. Consequently, it has also given me the motivation to seek out more answers and perspectives so that I can continue to grow my understanding of people." Austin Edsall, RM Drackett Tower

 We have opened an application process for students interested in being RA's for the fall 2021 semester.  These are for any anticipated positions that have or will open up in any of our buildings. 

 Applicants must: 

1) Complete the RA application in workday, including essays.

2) Must have graduated high school, no later than spring 2020. 

3) Must have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA in the fall 2020 and spring 2021, and maintain a cumulative GPA over 2.5; must have 24 completed college credits.

4) Be interested in positions that may start immediately. 

This is only for those interested in starting during fall semester 2021, not an application for those not eligible until the 2022-2023 academic school year!$392530/9925$35613.htmld

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