Prospective Resident Assistants

Resident Assistant Position

Resident Assistants (RAs) are student staff who live in each hall and provide support to residential students. RAs are assigned to a specific community on a specific staff. Each RA reports directly to their Community Director (CD). At USD, The RA staffs range in size from 8-17. The RA staff’s main objective is to foster a sense of community in each hall.  RAs are responsible for enforcing community standards, upholding health and safety expectations, supporting the programmatic efforts of the area, and being a general resource for their residents. Additional details and job responsibilities can be reviewed in the RA Position Description.


The RA position fosters many leadership skills, including organization, communication, and crisis management.  RAs receive a scholarship that covers the cost of their room and a meal plan. There are several meal plan options for RAs, which are selected during the summer prior to the term of employment.  


Applicants must:

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student.
  • At the start of the employment term, must be at least a Second Year student.
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above.
  • Must be in good disciplinary standing.


  • January & February 2019: RA Application opens and Student Leader Information Sessions hosted
  • February 10, 2019: RA Application Deadline
  • February 14, 2019 & February 15, 2018: Group Process
  • February 20, 2019, February 21, 2019, & February 22, 2019 : Individual Interviews
  • March 1, 2019: Decision letters sent

How to Apply

  • Attend an information session.  It is required for each RA applicant to attend one session.  Below are the dates of the Information Sessions:
    • Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 12:30PM in UC 107
    • Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 7PM in UC 107
    • Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 1PM in Degheri Alumni Center 120
    • Friday, February 1, 2019 at 3:30PM in UC 107
    • Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 11:30AM in Missions Crossroads Lounge
    • Monday, February 4, 2019 at 9PM in UC 107
    • Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 6PM in UC 107
    • Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 8:30PM in UC 107
  • Complete an Application by Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 11:59 PM.
    • The application is located on the Online Forms tab of the housing portal.
    • The application will be available starting Wednesday, January 16, 2019.
  • Sign up for a Group Process time by Sunday, February 10, 2019.  These process will take place on:
    • Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 7pm to 9:45pm
    • Friday, February 15, 2019 from 1:45pm to 4:30pm
  • Sign up for an Individual Interview time Sunday, February 10, 2019.  These interviews will take place on:
    • Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 12pm to 5pm
    • Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 9:30am to 2:30pm
    • Friday, February 22, 2019 from 10am to 2pm
  • Decision letters will be sent to your USD email address on Friday, March 1, 2019.

Additional Resources

Below are some offices on campus that can offer support throughout the interview process:


If you have questions, feel free to reach out to your Resident Assistant, Community Director, or email the Recruitment & Selection Co-Chairs at or