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Becoming An RA

A Resident Assistant (RA) is a vital member of the Housing Staff. By becoming an RA you will learn many valuable skills that will help you after you graduate. An RA is an important student leader on campus. 

An RA serves as a mentor, a connector, and is knowledgeable about campus and resources available for students. As an RA you will have an opportunity to learn and hone a wide variety of skills ranging from critical thinking, time management, problem solving, and communication skills. 

Becoming an RA is your chance to make an impact on West Virginia University Institute of Technology!

Requirements to become an RA: 

  1. Have completed at least one full semester at WVU Tech.
  2. Have a minimum of a 2.5 semester and cumulative GPA.
  3. Be in Good Disciplinary Standing.
    1. This is defined as having no active sanctions. 
  4. Be a full-time student at WVU Tech.
  5. Willing to make an academic year commitment even though appointments are for only one semester.

How to Apply:

RA Interest Session and Application Timeline

    • January 14, 2020 - 8 PM: University Hall RA Meet and Greet
    • January 15, 2020 - 8 PM: Hogan Hall RA Meet and Greet
    • January 22, 2020 - 11 AM - 2 PM: RA Meet and Greet - Bear's Den
    • January 23, 2020 - 11 AM - 2 PM: RA Meet and Greet - TBD
    • February 3, 2020: RA Application Open
    • February 24, 2020: RA Application Due
    • March 1, 2020: RA Group Process
    • March 2 - 13, 2020: Individual Interviews
    • March 30, 2020: Offer Letters sent out
Fill out an RA Application (the application will not save your progress, you must finish it is one sitting)

    • The application requires answers to the following essay questions which will need to be uploaded to the application: 
      •  Explain your reasons for applying for the position. What can you offer to help WVU Tech Students succeed in and out of the classroom? What do you feel are your strengths and weaknesses in regards to the RA position?
      • Describe a difficult decision you have made in the past year, perhaps as a student leader or with a peer group. What did you learn from it? What things did you consider in making your decision? Would you make the same decision again? Why or why not?
      •  Describe your experience working with people who are different from yourself, perhaps as a student leader or with a peer group. How might this translate to the RA position?
      • RAs are expected to build community and celebrate diversity in their floors and buildings. Describe your ideal community and how you would use the RA position to build that community and celebrate diversity. 
      • Do you have any experiences, previously not mentioned, that you feel would be beneficial to you in the RA position? Please explain.
      • From your perspective, what do you feel are the three (3) most important functions of an RA and describe why they are important. 
RA applicants are required to submit three (3) references as well. One (1) reference must be from a WVU Tech faculty or staff member. The other two (2) can be from individuals that are best able to judge your abilities. Recommendation forms are due February 24, 2020.

Please note that you can only serve in the RA role or the Orientation Leader role.

If you have questions please contact Devin Spinks (304.9293.1328) or Melissa Pistor (304.929.1329).

All Applications are due by February 24, 2020.