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Resident Assistant


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 outgoing student leaders who create a welcoming environment and serve 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. See what our current Resident Assistants are saying.  

Application Link

Job Description 

Applications will be available online on October 29th.  The preferred deadline to submit an application is January 21st.  The application link will remain open until April 15th.  Applications will be screened as they are received.

Applicants must log in to eRezLife using their EIU NetID and password.  We also recommend that applicants add eRezLife Software System ( 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, the student will be a full-time EIU student during their term of employment. 
  • Should have 24 credit hours by the start of NEXT fall semester.
  • Should have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher when grades are posted at the end of this fall semester, and if hired, for the term of employment the student must maintain the department's minimum GPA requirement. (NOTE: Applicants with GPA's of 2.25 or lower when fall grades are posted will not be considered for employment.)
  • Lived in University Housing for at least 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/Time
Oct 29 RA Application Opens  
Nov 16 RA Information Meetings Stevenson Hall Lobby / 7 pm
Nov 29 RA Information Meetings Thomas Hall Lobby / 7 pm
Dec 3 RA Information Meetings Taylor Hall Lobby / 7 pm
Dec 9 RA Information Meetings Zoom / 7pm (
Jan 21, 2022 RA Applications Due Preferred Deadline
Feb 7-16, 2022    Departmental Interviews Taylor Hall
TBA RA Letters emailed through eRezLife   
March/April RA Workshops  TBA

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Contact Information

Housing & Dining Services

MLK Jr., University Union,
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-6489

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