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.

Applications for the 2021 – 2022 Academic Year

Ready to learn more? Follow these simple steps: 

  • Review the Resident Advisor 2021-2022 Position Description to learn about Resident Advisors’ functions and responsibilities. 
  • Submit the Resident Advisor Application by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 22. The application is available at

Recruitment and Selection Timeline

  • Sunday, August 22: Application closes at 11:59 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, August 24: Applicants receive an email requesting them to schedule one interview if they have successfully passed the University Disciplinary Charges or Sanctions check and the Grade Point Average check. 
  • Thursday, August 26: Virtual interviews via Zoom (1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.), interview during your selected interview time. 
  • Friday, August 27: Virtual interviews via Zoom (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.), interview during your selected interview time. 
  • Friday, September 3: Applicants notified of employment status. 
  • Tuesday, September 7: Deadline for applicants to accept or decline the position if they received an employment offer.

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 current academic year process and will jump into this process as soon as possible. Feel free to email to express interest in the position and we’ll add you to our interest list. 

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. 


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.