Resident Assistant


The Resident Assistant (RA) role is a student leadership position for undergraduate or graduate students interested in working with residents on campus as a mentor, role model and resource. Responsibilities include: Programming, Emergency Response, Counseling and Advising, Leadership, Policy Enforcement, Upholding Community Standards and Implementing our Community Development Model, Communication, Staff Team Development, Administration, Collaboration with Campus Departments, and Professionalism. Click here for the RA Position Description

Qualifications to be an RA:

During the academic year that you are an RA, you must:

  1. have full-time student status
  2. have been at USC for at least one year or one semester (for Spring Admits)
  3. have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and maintain a 2.5 semester GPA
  4. not have classes Wednesday evenings between 7:30-9:30 pm
  5. not be planning to study abroad that Fall or Spring


RAs receive a meal package and either a furnished single room, one-bedroom apartment or two-bedroom apartment. One-Bedroom Apartment RAs may be assigned a roommate. Two-Bedroom Apartment RAs will have a single bedroom and share the living space with two other residents. If you are an RA in one of these spaces, you may be allowed to choose your own roommate.

Please Note: Unfortunately Ph.D. students are not eligible to participate in the Resident Assistant position.  USC’s Graduate School has informed us that due to the time constraints and intense demand of study toward the PhD, all PhD students at USC are not eligible to serve as a resident assistant.  If you are in a doctoral program that is not PhD (i.e. EdD), you are allowed to apply for the position.