Apply to be a Resident Assistant at Miami University

We are excited that you are considering applying to be a Resident Assistant (RA)! These positions are some of the most important, influential, and rewarding leadership opportunities available to students.

This is a demanding, challenging, and rewarding position. The Resident Assistant position is an opportunity to build your leadership skills and leave your mark as an ally and role model for students at Miami University. As a department, we have high expectations for our Resident Assistants. Please consider your commitment carefully as you begin this process. In order to fulfill the expectations and responsibilities listed in this application, you must recognize that this position should be your primary out-of-class obligation. 

Please review the information on this website thoroughly before you begin your application. We also encourage you to connect with a member of your Residence Life Team in your residence hall. 

About the Application

Applicants

The application is run through the University’s PageUp application system. There will be an opportunity for you to provide basic biographical information, work history, essays, and optionally, a resume. New applicants will provide the names of two to three references. Returning applicants will provide the name of one reference. Once your application is submitted, your references will receive an email to complete a reference form. Applicants who are considered for placement will be subject to a background check.

References

The Resident Assistant Application requires at least two references and collects up to three. Ideally, at least one of the references is from someone who is familiar with the RA role, but this is not a requirement. References may not be a member of the applicant's family. Upon submitting your application your listed references will receive an email that includes a link to fill out a reference form. This must be completed by your application's due date. Failure to have references submitted could hinder your ability to advance in the process. It is suggested you make contact with your references prior to submitting their information in your application.

Residential Communities

As you know, students who live in the residence halls at Miami are part of Living Learning Communities (LLCs). Living Learning Communities are built around common interests and have an academic component associated with them. All students in our residential communities are served by our Pillars of Success, which guides our hall teams with active programs, bulletin boards, and intentional one on one conversations.

Housing Contract

  • If you are selected to be a Resident Assistant, you will sign a contract for housing in your RA room.

  • If you sign a contract for on-campus housing before you are selected as an RA, and if you do not get a position as an RA, you will not be released from a previously-signed housing contract.

  • If you sign a contract to live on campus prior to being placed as an RA, then leave the RA position for any reason, you will still be obligated to the original housing contract which you signed.

  • Resident Assistants are expected to pay their housing fees in full on the same timeline as other residential students.

Interviews

Interviews will consist of two formal individual interviews. Interviews will be conducted by members of the residence life professional staff and at least one other person, typically either an RA or another member of the University community.

Dress as you feel most comfortable and confident.

Studying Abroad

If you are studying abroad while interviews are being conducted, you should still apply. You may be contacted via email to set up a phone or video interview while you are away. Preference is given to applicants who can serve the entire term of service.

Communication

Throughout the application process, the Office of Residence Life will be in contact with you via your university email account. It is vital that you check your email frequently and reply to messages you receive regarding the Resident Assistant selection process. Should you have any questions, please contact Residence Life at residencelife@miamioh.edu or 513-529-4000.