Resident Assistant Selection

Interested in The RA Position?

This page will be updated on October 31st, 2020 with information for the 2021-2022 process.

The Resident Assistant (RA) position is a premiere leadership position within the Office of Residence Life. The main function of the RA is to build relationships with residents in an effort to provide individualized support, campus resource information, and academic encouragement. The goal of the RA is to ensure that Marquette feels like home for residential students by building community within their respective wing or floor.

The ideal RA candidate is a current student who has community living experience, a minimum 2.50 GPA, and a desire to make an impact on the lives of his/her peers. Quality candidates will have a commitment to personal integrity, serving members of their peer group, and engaging in personal development.

To learn more, check out the following links about the RA position.

If you have additional questions regarding the RA position, please contact Renee Dowdy, Assistant Director of Staffing and Training.

Note that the RA position could have an impact on your financial aid package. We encourage you to contact Marquette Central to discuss your specific aid package by either calling (414) 288-4000 or emailing

RA Selection for Academic Year 2020-2021

We are beginning the RA Selection process for 2020-21! Mark your calendar for the Mandatory RA Information Session:

Monday, November 18th | 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. | AMU Ballrooms

If you cannot attend the information session, please submit the following absence form. We will follow-up with how to make up the session via an online tutorial.  

2020-2021 Application Details

There are four steps to applying to be a Resident Assistant. Candidates must also meet the following minimum qualifications by the time the position starts (Aug. 15, 2020):

  • Applicants must have 2 semesters of community living experience
  • Have a minimum 2.50 GPA (cumulative and semester)
  • Be in good standing with the University (academic and conduct)
  • Be able to commit to all training dates as described in the RA position description and contract

The following are the four steps to apply:

    1. Attend the Mandatory RA Info Session on Monday, November 18th, at 8:30 p.m. in the AMU Ballrooms.
    2. Complete the application for the RA position including essay, letter of recommendation and resume by Tuesday, Jan. 14.
    3. Participate in a 30-minute individual interview on Jan. 22, 23, or Jan. 24, 2020.
    4. Participate in a 90-minute group process interview on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.

Information Sessions

Interested applicants must attend the Resident Assistant information session to learn more about the position requirements and details about the application process. Attendance at the following information session is required in order for an application to be considered:

Application Information

The RA position application is hosted through Handshake in collaboration with MU Career Services.

Applications and completed reference forms for 2020-21 are due by Jan. 14, 2020.

Complete an application via Handshake.

To find the position, you can search for "Resident Assistant" or access the  application.

Upload a resume specific to the RA position - highlight your leadership experiences and past jobs.

Upload your essay responses. Use our template under Resources for Candidates below.

Submit one reference from either:

  • Current RA Reference – To be completed by a current or recent RA.
  • Non-RA Reference

RA or non-RA references should complete the form to submit their recommendations

Interview Process

There following are the steps to the interview process:

After submitting an application, you will be able to sign up for an individual interview via Handshake.

You will receive follow-up notification and permission to sign up for a Group Process interview via Handshake within 72 hours upon successful completion of the individual interview.

Participate in an individual interview that you sign up for on Handshake (Jan. 22nd, 23rd, OR 24th).

Attend the Group Process interview that you sign up for on Handshake (Feb. 7, 2020).

Resources for Candidates

Hired, Special Alternate, and Alternate Pool RAs for 2020-21

Please select the correct form based upon the letter you received. Documents should be either printed and submitted to the Office of Residence Life or emailed to Michelle Carlson at

Hired RAs - Verification of Hire

Special Alternate Pool - Special Alternate Pool Intent Form

Alternate Pool - Alternate Pool Intent Form