Become an RA

The 2020-2021 Academic Year RA Application will be available from October 1-23, 2019

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 to develop 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.

RAs work in both residence halls and apartments. They’re supervised by community directors (CD) and residence directors (RD).

Applying for Position

  1. Log into MyPack Portal
  2. Go to “Student Homepage”
  3. Click on “Campus Living”
  4. Click on the link under “New Resident Advisor Application”
  5. Click on “Resident Advisor Application” on StarRez

Position Description

RAs are student leaders who live and work as peer educators and resources for their community. Called upon to respond to changing needs and situations, the RA position is one that requires flexibility, adaptability, enthusiasm, and commitment, as well as strong administrative and peer leadership skills.

To review the 2019-2020 RA job description, click here

To learn more about the compensation and requirements of the RA job, please review this sample of the RA terms of appointment.

Candidate Requirements

To be qualified for the RA position, you must meet the below criteria:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student (maintaining at least 12 undergraduate credits and nine graduate credits)
  • Have an accumulative grade point average of 2.8 or higher at the end of the fall 2018 semester. Once you start in the RA position, you must maintain a 2.8 or higher semester and cumulative average throughout your appointment as an RA.
  • Have no active record of university disciplinary action at the time of application or appointment.
  • Have lived on-campus for at least two semesters (at NC State or another institution) or other approved “similar experiences” by the end of the spring 2019 semester.
  • Have completed 24 undergraduate credit hours by the end of the spring 2019 semester.
  • Have successfully passed a background check. Background checks are completed one month prior to the employment start date.
  • Have completed  ECD 220 Topics in College Student Development before your employment start date. You’ll receive more information about the class during the RA interview weekend. Note: graduate students do not need to complete ECD 220.

ECD 220 Class Times

1:55 – 3:45 p.m.
3:00 – 4:50 p.m.


9:35 – 11:25 a.m.
1:55 – 3:45 p.m.
3:00 – 4:50 p.m.


1:55 – 3:45 p.m.
3:00 – 4:50 p.m.

Additional Employment Restriction

The RA position requires 20 hours of work per week. Undergraduate students are only allowed to work up to 20 hours per week at NC State during the academic year, so RAs are unable to accept additional employment. Exceptions may be considered for academic-related employment.

RA Information Sessions

  • October 3: Holmes Hall 104/106 @ 7pm
  • October 7: Wolf Ridge MPR @ 7pm
  • October 8: Avent Ferry Complex @ 7pm
  • October 14: Witherspoon 201 @ 7pm
  • October 16: Talley 3285 @ 2pm

Information sessions are mandatory for applicants to be considered for a position

Disability Accommodations

We support an environment where students with disabilities can become successful RAs while participating fully in campus life. If you’re interested in becoming an RA and need disability accommodations, please email


If you have any questions about the RA position or application process, please contact

If you are interested in being notified when the RA application opens, please fill out the following:

  • Please provide student ID.