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The RA Application Process

We encourage all prospective candidates to attend an Information Session and review this website prior to applying.

Online Application

To apply, complete the online application located on your Cal Poly Housing Portal. 

The application contains two written response questions. We ask that you take significant care in writing, spell-checking and grammar-checking your application. We are seeking high-quality responses that concisely answer the questions. Please limit each response to no more than 250 words.

These questions, along with your GPA, and Community Standards history, will determine invitations to continue in the process by taking the Winter Quarter RA Workshop. 

We highly encourage you to complete your application prior to the deadline of December 1, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

RA Candidate Workshop

University Housing will contact all candidates informing them of their application status. Candidates meeting qualifications will be invited to take a six-week RA Candidate Workshop during the Winter Quarter. Sign-ups occur immediately, so it is essential that you check your email during the winter break!

The RA Candidate Workshop meets for two hours at the same time each week for 6 weeks. Although the time will not show on your student schedule, you must be available at the same time each week. Attendance and full participation is required to be considered for the RA Position. In line with public health requirements, all workshops will be conducted online. 

This workshop will provide foundational knowledge about University Housing and will help develop you skills as a student leader regardless of the outcome of your application. As part of this workshop, you will participate in group activities and individual reflections. 

Individual Interviews

In early-February, you will sign up for a twenty-minute individual interview to be held in late-February through early March.

Position Offers

We anticipate notifying applicants as to the outcome of the application process no later than the end of Spring Break, however, changes to public health conditions may impact our ability to notify candidates. We strongly encourage all candidates to apply for housing on-campus for the academic year and will provide specific sign up information to all students who are part of the RA Application Process. We are not able to assist you in breaking an off-campus lease.

As stated in the position description, all position offers are subject to meeting position qualifications, including a 2.5 GPA, good standing with University Housing’s Community Standards, good standing with the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and a successful fingerprinting background check.

Possible outcomes of the process are:

  • Position Offered - All offers are conditional upon continued eligibility.
  • Alternate – We believe that you will be a successful RA, but we do not have a position available. You will be contacted if a position becomes available. Positions may open at any time, but we typically make the most offers to our alternates shortly after initial offers and shortly after the end of each quarter. Accepting alternate status does not guarantee that you will be offered a position. We highly encourage alternates to live on campus.
  • Not Offered a Position – Due to grade requirements, behavioral concerns, or other qualifications, University Housing is unable to offer you a position.

Spring Meetings and Training

RAs for the upcoming academic year will meet (virtually) in late April. We will expect your participation in these meetings and a limited number of summer training activities. Formal training will be provided online and when you return to campus in late August.

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