• To be eligible to go through the RA process, you must:
    • Have an MSU cumulative GPA of at least 2.5* by the end of Fall 2022 (*MSU Law students must have at least a 2.20).
    • Have completed 12 MSU credits by the end of Spring 2023.
    • RAs must have completed participation in the Resident Assistant Seminar to be eligible for a position.
    • RAs must be able to attend mandatory training. All RAs must attend the entire training period.
    • Admittance in a specific academic program is a determining factor for placement in some residential communities (i.e., Honors College floor requires Honors College RA).
    • Because of time constraints and position expectations, an RA cannot serve in an elected Residence Hall Association (RHA) position.


  • November 1, 2022 - RA position posts open. 
  • December 16, 2022- RA position closes at 11:59 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2023 - RA applicants informed of their eligibility to continue to interview 
  • January 25, 2023 - Deadline to sign up for an interview time 
  • January 30, February 10, 2023 - Interviews conducted 
  • March 2, 2023 - Position offers sent to candidates
  • March 4, 2023 - Deadline to accept RA position offer  


NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Residents with J-2 visa need special authorization (i.e., work permit) from Immigration to be eligible for employment. If you do not have an F1 or J Visa, please contact the Office of International Students to ensure that this position would not jeopardize your status. International students are authorized to work 20 per week on campus.

BONA-FIDE OCCUPATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: The applicant's sex as designated in the StuInfo system is a determining factor for placement in same-sex residential communities (i.e., male residential wing requires male-in-StuInfo RA). Students are responsible for providing and updating their gender information in the StuInfo system through the Registrar’s Office. The Department of Residence Education and Housing Services is dedicated to providing safe and comfortable living environments for all students, including those whose gender identity and/or expression differs from the sex assigned to them at birth.

Most RA positions are located in traditional residence halls for the academic year. There are a small number of RA positions that are located in Owen/Van Hoosen Halls and 1855 Place (which includes University Village) that have special requirements/differences as follows: 

  • Owen/Van Hoosen: Staff in Owen typically stay employed for about a week after MSU finals week.
  • University Village: Staff live in UV with 3 roommates and have a private bedroom with a shared bathroom. They receive a meal plan.
  • 1855 Place: This area includes family housing and some single-student housing. Staff must have a flexible schedule to include some daytime hours. They will receive a one-bedroom apartment and meal plan in that area.


  • Eligible candidates must be able to attend a virtual interview during the interview period. Each candidate will be asked to sign up for an interview time over that time period.
  • Candidates offered a position will be required to participate in the RA Seminar Course. 
  • Candidates offered a position must be available to attend all of the required training.


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