Resident Assistant (RA) selection

Becoming a Resident Assistant (RA) at Lake Forest College is considered one of the premier student leadership positions any student can hold during their time on campus.  RAs serve in a variety of roles, such as community builders, referral agents, and emergency contacts.  If you enjoy interacting with peers, lending a helping hand and being see as a resource then we encourage you to consider applying to be an RA!

Resident Assistant Positions

A job description for the position can be found here.

RA Info Session

Anyone interested in being an RA is encouraged to attend an info session, but it is not required.  You’ll have a chance to get details about the interview process and the role in general from professional Residence Life staff and current RAs!

  • October 28, 2019 - 6:00pm - Lillard 128
  • November 5, 2019 - 7:00pm - Nollen 3rd Floor Lounge
  • November 13, 2019 - 12:00pm - Library 201
  • November 21, 2019 - 7:00pm - Harlan Basement Lounge
  • December 6, 2019 - 7:00pm - Deerpath Lobby

RA Selection Timeline

Resident Assistant Application will be open from October 23rd to December 20th.

Ready to fill out the application? Click here! The deadline for the Resident Assistant Applications is December 20th.

First Round Interviews will take place early Spring semester.

RA Interview Day will take place Sunday, February 2, 2020.


What are the application requirements?

  • Must have completed at least 4 credits at Lake Forest College by the time of appointment (before Fall 2020).
  • Must have completed at least two semesters of on-campus living by the time of appointment (before Fall 2020).
  • Full-time student status (currently and throughout employment period)
  • A cumulative and semester G.P.A. at or above a 2.5 (throughout the application process and while employed as an RA)
  • A conduct record that is consistent with positive community living

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I only want to work in a specific building? 

We certainly recognize that where you live can have an impact on your experience and that in some cases this can be a “deal maker” or “deal breaker” in terms of the position.  We find that the best candidates are those that want to be an RA for the experience, not for a specific building.  Our goal in Residence Life is to build an equitable team across campus that are representative of the needs, population, and interests of the communities for which an RA will be working in.

What does training consist of? 

Fall training is an extensive introduction to the RA position.  Through thoughtful activities, opportunities, and situations – we aim to cover all the basis of what you might experience in the position.  Additionally, training is the time that we focus on building our entire team, developing relationships with other staff members and identifying the tools necessary to building inclusive communities.  Training is an all-day commitment from the first Friday of August up until the start of fall semester.  Winter training, while shorter, is an opportunity to “retreat” as a department and to develop a course of action for spring semester.  Prior to the start of spring semester, our RA staff return several days prior to engage in a variety of development opportunities that aid and assist in the planning of events for the upcoming semester.

Need More Information?

Please contact the Office of Residence Life at

Did you know?

  • Over three billion people around the world live on $2 or less a day. Each spring students have the opportunity to participate in the Forgotten Majority Business Conference on campus.