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Lead the Way. Become an RA.

Reach New Heights: Application will open on October 1, 2024

Mountaineers are no strangers to implementing big ideas, facing challenges head on and leading the charge. As a Resident Assistant, you’ll climb even higher, as one of the most important student leaders on campus.

You’ll be a vital member of a diverse team and have the opportunity to build significant relationships with WVU community partners. You’ll be an advocate, mentor and role model for your residents, and you’ll gain the skills needed to land your first job after college – all while making lifelong friends along the way. 

As a RA, you'll act as a campus resource, offering service opportunities and showing residents how to get involved with the University’s vast number of student organizations. You will help them explore their identities, connect their experiences outside of the classroom and set them up for success throughout the rest of their time at WVU. 

Lastly, you’ll help your residents navigate their first year in their new home. You will build a community, foster relationships and provide a fun, safe living environment where your residents can thrive. You’ll create bulletin boards and exciting events focused on important life skills and topics in college, such as wellness and diversity. You will guide your residents through their new challenges and show them that you care. Starting college can be difficult. Many residents are living away from home for the first time. Making new friends, taking challenging classes and living with a roommate can be downright scary.

Take your college career to new heights. Apply to be a Resident Assistant starting October 1, 2024.

2025 - 2026 Resident Assistant Position Description (click here)

How To Apply: 2025-2026 Academic Year

STEP 1: Interested individuals must attend one of the following information sessions before submitting an application

  • Sunday, September 15, 2024 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the Gluck Theater (Mountainlair)
  • Wednesday, October 2, 2024 from 12:00-1:30 PM in the Shenandoah Room (Mountainlair)
  • Sunday, October 27, 2024 7:00-8:30 PM in the Greenbrier Room (Mountainlair)
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2024 12:00-1:30 PM in the Greenbrier Room (Mountainlair)
  • Monday, December 2, 2024 8:00-9:30 PM in the Shenandoah Room (Mountainlair)
  • (More dates to come)
STEP 2: Submit an application to be an RA (application information will be given at the RA information session that an individual attends)

Important Dates

  • Application opens October 1, 2024
  • Interviews will be January 23-25, 2025
  • For questions about Resident Assistant Recruitment and Selection, please contact  raselection@mail.wvu.edu.

Melissa Haslebacher

  • Class: 2020
  • Major: Multidisciplinary Studies (Future Master's of Elementary Education)
  • Experience: RA, January 2017 to May 2020
Melissa Haslebacher is a born teacher. So when she was a student and learned that being an RA is often similar to the role she’d have running her own classroom, she was hooked. “I loved the idea of being a point of reference for people and putting on fun programs that can teach my residents skills they can use for the rest of their lives,” she says. 

Besides the leadership and teaching experience she received every day as an RA, she says the biggest benefits are the people and the friends she made. “Your staff is always around to help you and you get really close to them. Also, as an RA, you learn about a lot of resources that can help your residents but are also great for yourself, such as tutoring sessions for specific classes.” 

The role taught her something fundamental about herself as well. “I learned that I’m definitely a people person! I love talking to my residents and finding out more about them, even if I’ve had a rough day. I’ve also learned that I love doing things like programming. I’m always thinking of new things I can do with my residents.”

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