Resident Advisors

Resident Advisors represent the Office of Campus Life as key staff members, working under the direct supervision of area coordinators. In addition to obtaining course credit, RAs complete an extensive training program that offers them an opportunity to develop valuable interpersonal and organizational skills.

Questions about the position or the selection process should be directed to the Office of Campus Life at (401) 341-2210 or


  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 (must be maintained)
  • Adherence to all University policies and procedures as stated in the student code of conduct
  • Fulfillment of RA duties, responsibilities and expectations as outlined in the RA manual and contract
  • Support for the Office of Campus Life’s mission and the mission of the University


  • Participate in duty schedule
  • Hall programming and bulletin boards
  • All hall openings and closings (through Commencement)
  • All campus life programs, presentations and events
  • Weekly staff meetings
  • Biweekly one-on-one meetings with supervisor
  • Training in fall and spring
  • Monthly in-services

Selection Timeline for 2015-2016 Academic Year

  • Monday, Feb. 9: Applications available, selection tables in Miley lobby
  • 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10: Information session in the Office of Multicultural Programs
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12: Information session in the Hunt Hall first-floor common area
  • 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16: Information session in the Miley Hall garden-level classroom
  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18: Information session in the William Watts Sherman first-floor common area
  • Thursday, March 5: Applications due
  • 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 18: Interview workshop in the O’Hare Academic Center, Room 228
  • Saturday, March 21: RA selection group process
  • March 23-26: Applicant interviews
  • Tuesday, March 31: Applicants notified
  • Monday, April 13: Deadline to accept/decline
  • Monday, April 27: Meet-and-greet for new and returning staff

Additional Commitments

  • Summer training: Aug. 23 to Sept. 7
  • Admissions open houses (fall)
  • Winter training: Jan. 15-18, 2016
  • RA group process/RA selection for 2016-2017

Resident Advisor FAQ

What does the RA selection process entail?

There are three parts to the process:
  • The application: Includes essays and two letters of recommendation.
  • The group interview: During the group process, you will participate in various activities with a group of fellow candidates.
  • The individual interview: You will meet with a group of professional staff members and RAs and be asked a series of questions. Individual interviews will be held the same day as the group interviews.

Who can be a reference for me?

Professors, employers, advisers, coaches, RAs - anyone who can discuss your ability to work with other people can be used as references. Your parents, relatives and friends cannot be used.

Will the compensation I receive affect my financial aid?

It could. Each individual's financial aid package is different. To determine if it will affect your situation specifically, call the Office of Financial Aid at (401) 341-2901.

Who supervises the RAs?

RAs are supervised by area coordinators or resident directors, professional live-in staff members who are supervised by the director of campus life.

Can I hold another job on or off campus?

RAs who wish to work another job must have prior approval from their area coordinator and can work no more than 10 hours a week. You cannot hold a work-study position, and the RA job has to be your primary commitment.

Can I be an RA and an athlete?

Yes, but both roles require a large amount of commitment. We ask that your job as an RA come before everything other than academics. You should discuss your intentions to be an RA with your coach before applying.

Can I still be an RA if I have been through the conduct system?

Each candidate is evaluated individually. Your student conduct record is reviewed and you will be asked during the interview about any incidents. It is a factor in our decision.

Can I choose what building I want to be in?

During the individual interview, you have the opportunity to share your preferences on which population you would like to work with and where you think you would thrive. Ultimately, placement is determined by the Office of Campus Life and is based on the needs of the building. Our selection process allows us to get a good idea of where you would fit.

Do I already need to know how to confront people or deal with emergencies?

No previous skills are required to be an RA. All staff members are thoroughly trained on any potential situation before the academic year starts.

What happens if I do not get selected for a position?

You are welcome to reapply during the next selection process. We will also offer alternate positions to a group of qualified candidates who we can't hire because we don't have enough positions to offer. In either case, your application will stay on file and will be considered if any positions become available after the main selection process ends (with alternates having priority consideration).