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Resident Assistants (RAs) are student peer leaders responsible for learning communities in university housing here at Eastern Illinois University. The RA position provides real-life experiences in working with and helping other people, conflict resolution, team building and many others. The position is a premiere leadership experience and one of the most challenging and fulfilling student leadership opportunities at EIU.

RAs are compassionate, responsible, fun, and out-going student leaders who create a welcoming environment and serves as a resource to their residents. The RA position is more than just a job; it is a leadership journey that offers infinite opportunities for one’s success and development at EIU and beyond.Take a look at the  RA Job Description and see what our current Resident Assistant are saying.  

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Applicants must log into eRezLife using their EIU NetID and password.  We also recommend that applicants add eRezLife Software System (noreply@erezlife.com) to their contacts in order to receive communications regarding the Resident Assistant position. 

Qualifications for the position

  • Should be a full-time EIU student (registered for 12 credit hours or more) in the spring semester. If hired, I will be a full-time EIU student during my term of employment. (Note: Lakeland College of Nursing students are not eligible)
  • Should have 24 credit hours by the start of NEXT fall semester.
  • Should have a cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher when grades are posted at the end of this fall semester, and if hired, for my term of employment must maintain the department's minimum GPA requirement. (NOTE: Applicants with GPA's of 2.5 or lower when fall grades are posted will not be considered for employment.)
  • Lived in University Housing for two semesters prior to my term of employment.
  • Should be in good judicial standing with the university.

Timeline for the Resident Assistant Hiring Process

Date Event Location
Nov. 3rd RA Informational Meetings RA Informational Meeting in Stevo lobby from 6-7pm 
RA Applications available on-line 
Nov. 17th RA Informational Meetings Pemberton Hall, Great Hall 7pm
Nov. 19th RA Informational Meetings 
Thomas Hall, Thomas Classroom at 8pm
Dec. 2nd RA Informational Meetings  RA Informational Meeting in MLK Union in
Charleston Mattoon Room at 7pm
Jan. 16th RA Applications Due by 4:00pm  
Jan. 27th - Feb 2nd In-Hall Interviews  TBA
Feb. 11th - 12th
Feb. 16th -17th
Departmental Interview for RA candidates  TBA
Mar. 6th RA Letters delivered to candidates  
April 12th-13th RA Workshop Week 1  TBA
April 19th-20th RA Workshop Week 2  TBA
April 26th-27th RA Workshop Week 3  TBA