Become an RA

Through their prominent leadership role on campus, resident advisors (RAs) have the unique opportunity to develop their leadership skills while creating fun and vibrant communities. The RA role enables you to learn valuable skills that employers are looking for including problem-solving, adaptability, teamwork, and interpersonal communication. An RA’s primary responsibilities are getting to know their residents one-on-one and developing a community within their living area. This enables them the opportunity to make a difference in their residents’ lives and help them be successful here at NC State.

Ready to learn more? Follow these simple steps: 

  • Review the Resident Advisor 2021-2022 Position Description to learn about Resident Advisors’ functions and responsibilities. 

Applications for the 2021 – 2022 Academic Year 

The Resident Advisor application process for the 2021 – 2022 academic year ended on March 1. If you are interested in the Resident Advisor position and would like to be contacted if the application process reopens, please email to express your interest. Please also consider reviewing the Resident Advisor Position Description

Students who applied for the Resident Advisor position have been contacted about their application status. To review any communication about your application, contact and review your application status online at


Applications for the 2022 – 2023 Academic Year

If you’re interested in interviewing for the Resident Advisor position for the 2022 – 2023 Academic year, thank you for your interest! We’re currently managing the 2021 – 2022 process and jump into this process as soon as possible. Until then, please revisit this website in August of 2021 to learn about the updated process.

Employment Eligibility and Qualifications

To be eligible and qualified for the Resident Advisor position, a student must meet the following requirements: 

  • Credit Hours: Enrolled in at least 12 undergraduate credit hours, or 9 graduate credit hours during the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Grade Point Average: A minimum of a 2.8 cumulative grade point average at the time of appointment, and once employed, maintain at minimum a 2.8 cumulative and semester grade point average. 
  • University Disciplinary Charges or Sanctions: Students are not eligible for the Resident Advisor position if; at the time of the employment offer, the start of employment, and during employment the student: 
    • Is on Academic Integrity Probation for less than one full Fall or Spring semester related to academic misconduct under the Code of Student Conduct; or, 
    • Has any active sanctions related to non-academic misconduct under the Code of Student Conduct. 
  • Housing Application and Agreement: Complete the 2021 – 2022 Academic Year Housing Application, which includes accepting the 2021 – 2022 Housing Agreement. 

2021-2022 RA Application Process 

  • Resident Advisor Recruitment and Selection Timeline: 
    • Friday, January 29: Application live for new and returning applicants 
    • Monday, March 1: Completed applications due by 8:00 a.m.
    • Thursday, March 4: Interviews
    • Friday, March 5: Interviews 
    • Saturday, March 6: Interviews 
    • Thursday, March 12: Employment offers sent
    • Friday, March 19: Deadline for Resident Advisors to accept or decline employment offers


To review the 2021-2022 RA position description, click here


Resident Advisors receive a stipend and are provided a Meal Plan Credit, Technology, and a Housing Assignment based on the functions and responsibilities of the position. A breakdown of the 2021-2022 RA compensation includes: 

Amount / Value  Note
Stipend  $2,300 The stipend is taxable income paid biweekly. Payment of the stipend is based upon the initial employment start and end dates. The stipend is prorated for individuals beginning employment after the official start date or concluding employment prior to the official end date. 
Meal Plan Credit $3,000 Resident Advisors receive a $1,500 credit for the Fall semester and $1,500 for the Spring semester. Individuals are responsible for signing up for their meal plan option and the credit will be applied. 
Value of Technology  $372 Resident Advisors receive ResNet/Internet and Streaming/Cable TV services during their employment. The value of technology is: $186 ($140 for ResNet/Internet and $46 for Streaming/Cable TV) for the Fall semester and $186 ($140 for ResNet/Internet and $46 for Streaming/Cable TV) for the Spring semester. 
Value of Housing  $6,600 Resident Advisors receive a single-room within a residence hall or university apartment. The value of housing is $3,300 for the Fall semester and $3,300 for the Spring semester.