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Become a Resident Advisor

There are so many great reasons to become an RA. You can gain leadership experience, make lifelong friends, and receive free housing and a stipend!

A residence hall isn't just a place to sleep and study. Resident Advisors (or RAs) help shape the community within each residence hall by creating special programs and events, being a role model, listening to issues and problems that residents have, and serving as an excellent resource for their community. RAs, along with House Supervisors, Company Commanders, and Graduate Fellows, comprise some of the student staff positions in Housing and Residence Life.

The RA position is the conduit through which their residents know and are known. Therefore, their primary responsibility is to develop relationships with each and every resident in their community.

RAs, like all student staff members, must be committed to self-development and the development of others; to the mission and identity of the community; and to the staff team with which they work. RAs are expected to serve as role models on campus, to exhibit the ability to be effective listeners and excellent resources, and to show ethical behavior at all times. The nature of the live-in position often requires work outside of traditional business hours, including weekends and university academic breaks. The RA position requires both regularly scheduled responsibilities and times at which student staff are available and accessible to community residents.