Become a Resident Assistant (RA)

Application Requirements:

Requirements to be considered for the Resident Assistant position are:

  • Enroll as a current Behrend student in good standing at the time of application.
  • Complete at least one academic year as a full-time student at Behrend by the start of appointment.
  • Possess and maintain full-time student status (12 credit hours) throughout the recruitment and employment period.
  • Possess 24 earned credit hours upon completion of the Spring 2016 Semester.
  • Possess and maintain a minimum 2.50 semester and cumulative GPA through the recruitment and employment period. 
  • Maintain good standing with Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, throughout employment. Past violation of policy or the law may result in a candidate being removed from the recruitment and selection process.

Note: RAs must restrict off/on campus employment to 10 hours a week, with prior permission from their direct supervisor. In addition, RAs may not hold the following leadership roles on-campus: SGA President, SGA Treasurer, Beacon Editor-In-Chief, LEB Executive Director, or LEB Behrend After Dark Committee Head.


All RAs receive free housing and a stipend towards tuition. RAs placed everywhere but in the apartments will receive meal plan #5. Stipend is dependent upon location.

Applicants Transferring to Behrend

If you are transferring to Penn State Behrend and are currently an RA at another location of Penn State; enrolled in or already taken the RA Class at another location of Penn State, please email us with your intent.


Here is a breakdown of the RA application/placement process.

  1. Submit application (which will include two references)
  2. Receive an invitation to interview.
  3. Sign up for in-person interview.
  4. Interview.
  5. If offered a place, sign up for the RA Class for Spring 2016 (HI ED 302: The Role of the Resident Assistant: Theory and Practice).
  6. Offers to be an RA in the Fall of 2016 will be made upon successful completion of the RA Class and consideration of department needs. (Successful completion of the class does not guarantee placement as an RA. Candidate may be placed on a waiting list.)



Sunday, September 27: Applications close at 11:45 p.m.

Friday, October 9: Group interviews

Wednesday, October 14 – Friday, October 16: Individual interviews

Friday, October 30: Candidate notification for invitation into the class


Fill out an application:

Applications are available through BehrendSync.



For more information, contact Jill Fox at