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Resident Assistant

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Please read all of this information carefully prior to submitting your application.  We hope that this information will assist you during the application process.  If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact Residence Life at (870)972-2042 or email us at applyRA@astate.edu

Appointment Period
Resident Assistants are hired for an academic year, and students graduating in December are discouraged from applying.  However, based on justifiable reasons such as violation of policy, insubordination, etc., a Resident Assistant’s position may be terminated at any time.

Academic Requirement

A Resident Assistant must have a 2.5 semester GPA and a 2.75 cumulative GPA in order to be hired. While in the position, Resident Assistants must maintain a 2.5 semester GPA. If the semester GPA falls between 2.49-2.25, they will be placed on probation and encourage to seek academic counseling. If the semester GPA falls below a 2.25, they will be terminated for their position. 

Pay and Benefits (2018-2019)
RA’s are paid a contracted rate per semester of minimum wage for 320 hours. As a condition of employment, staff will reside in a private room, based on availability, paid for by paid for by a housing waiver. Resident Assistants in CP, RWD, NPQ, RSC, and HLLC will be assigned to an apartment or suite with a roommate(s) you may select. Failure to select in a timely manner may result in the Department of Residence Life assigning someone.  Staff members receiving the A-State Scholar, A-State Leadership, or A-State Pride scholarships do not receive the housing waiver to cover their Room costs as these academic scholarships cover it. 

Job Qualifications

In order to be considered for a Resident Assistant position you must:

  • ​Have a minimum of one semester of residential living on a college/university campus
  • Be a full time student with at least 24 undergraduate credit hours or 12 graduate credit hours

         *Please note- in order to serve as a Resident Assistant in the following buildings/areas you must have completed the following credit hour requirements:                                                          

    • Pack Place, Collegiate Park, & Red Wolf Den = 60 credit hours
      • North Park Quads = 30 credit hours
      •  Have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA and a 2.5 semester GPA in order to be hired.
      • Maintain a 2.5 semester GPA while in the position
      • Have the ability to relate to others


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       Email applyRA@astate.edu if you have any questions regarding the application process.


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      Department of Residence Life -- Mission Statement
      Residence Life provides a safe, diverse, and well-maintained environment that complements and supports the academic mission of the University. We create a dynamic living/learning experience that promotes and inspires individuals to become empowered community members.