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Resident Advisors

Resident Advisors represent the Office of Residence Life as key staff members, working under the direct supervision of area coordinators. 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 Residence 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 Residence 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

Resident Advisor FAQ

What does the RA selection process entail?

There are two parts to the process:

  • The Student Leadership Application: Includes your demographic information, essays, resume and two letters of recommendation.
  • The individual interview: You will meet with a group of professional staff members and RAs and be asked a series of questions.

Who can be a reference for me?

Professors, employers, advisors, coaches, RAs - anyone who can discuss your ability to work with other people can be used as references. Your RAs, 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, professional live-in staff members who are supervised by the assistant director of residence 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 12 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 Residence 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).