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WHAT'S AN RA?

Resident Assistants (RAs) are student leaders and paid employees of the Office of Residential Education at Hobart and William Smith. An RA is assigned to each residential area and is responsible for creating a sense of community in the residence hall.

In developing such a community, they often address issues of personal counseling, advising, policy enforcement, programming (personal growth, community development, integrating living and learning, and social), etc. When students have questions or concerns about their living situations or about the Colleges in general, RAs are a great first stop for advice and tips.

In addition to acting as a role model both on and off-campus, RAs ensure that student behavior in residences is in accord with the Colleges’ policies as outlined in the Handbook of Community Standards.

New RA Application Timeline


Nov. 11


Applications available online

Nov. 19, 20


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Applications can be accessed online

Nov. 21
Coxe 002, 8:00pm


Information Session I
Residential Education staff will be available to answer questions about the RA position and selection process

Nov. 26

All Spring Abroad applications due (applicants who are going abroad spring 2014)

Dec. 3
7:00pm - Stern 304

Cover letter and Resume Building Workshop with Career Services,

Dec. 4
Stern 103, 8:00pm

Information Session II

Dec. 4-6

Spring Abroad Interviews (only for candidates going abroad spring 2014)

Feb. 4
Napier 101, 8:00pm

Information Session III

Feb. 7

RA Applications due (candidates will sign up for an interview time)

Feb. 9

Group Process - Mandatory for all new RA applicants (1-3pm or 5-7pm)

Feb. 12-14

Personal Interviews (1-6pm)

Feb. 21

New RA candidates are notified of their status

Feb. 24

New RA acceptances are due for the position

Returning RA Application Timeline


Nov. 11


Applications/Intent forms available online

Nov. 26

All Spring Abroad applications due (applicants who are going abroad spring 2014)

Dec. 4-6

Spring Abroad Interviews/Performance and Placement Reviews (only for candidates going abroad spring 2014)

Dec. 13

Returning RA Intent forms due

Jan. 20

Returning RA and SRA Applications due

Jan. 27 - Feb. 7

Returning RA and SRA Interviews/Performance and Placement Reviews (Scheduled by Professional Staff)

Feb. 14

SRAs and Returning RA applicants notified of their status

Feb. 17

SRAs and Returning RA acceptances due

BECOMING A Resident Assistant

Resident Assistants are selected from a competitive pool of applicants and undergo rigorous training.

The Resident Assistant application process usually begins in late fall and ends in February.

To apply, please download and fill out the 2012-2013 application and return it to the Office of Residential Education. Note: New AND returning resident assistants must fill out the RA Application Packet. Additionally, returning RAs must fill out the Returner RA Application.

Need help writing a resume? Visit the Office of Career Services' Resume Help website.