Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does being an RA entail?
A: Check out the RA position description!

Q: How much do RAs get paid?
A: RAs receive annual compensation of a $2,760 room subsidy and a $3,000 stipend. In addition, RAs receive a stipend for the training conducted prior to classes starting fall term. They receive staff t-shirts, continuous leadership training throughout the year, leadership recognition, and funding toward their hall staff development activities.

Q: How do I apply to be a RA?
A: Potential applicants must complete an RA Application, submit a resume and ask two individuals to serve as references (including a current RA). Each applicant will participate in one group process and one individual interview with current RAs. Candidates who continue in the process will also have an individual interview with Area Directors.

Q: When I apply to be an RA, can I specify which floor I want? When do I find out about RA placement?
A: Each RA application has an area in which you can indicate a preference for where you would like to be placed (hall or house, sub-free, single-sex, etc.). Candidates who are hired will learn of their placement when the job is offered.

Q: Can an RA have a roommate?
A: RAs can choose to have one roommate. RAs living in rooms with an adjoining bathroom may choose to draw in their suitemates. Townhouse RAs may have two to four roommates depending on where they are assigned. RAs who are planning to go on an off-campus studies program one or two terms are not able to have a roommate.

Q: Can an RA have another on-campus job?
A: Additional work hours will only be considered if an RA will be off-campus at least one term during the same academic year and has worked at least one term as an RA. All approvals will be for no more than three hours per week during the term and will not exceed their full work award.

Q: How do I make the request to work additional hours at another on-campus position?
A: Email your request to Amy Sillanpa, Associate Director of Residential Life. Amy will discuss your request with your Area Director and Student Employment Services. (Again, only RAs who will be off-campus at least one term during the same academic year are eligible.)

Q: Do you have a question not answered here?
A: Ask Res Life and they will respond shortly.