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Becoming a Resident Assistant​​

What is a Resident Assistant?

The position of Resident Assistant at Rhode Island College is a life changing leadership opportunity. Resident Assistants are expected to act as positive role models and maintain the highest level of commitment towards attaining the goals established by the Office of Residential Life and Housing. This position is challenging and rewarding. It calls for leadership, interpersonal skills, appreciation of diversity, and initiative. Training is offered to help build confidence in this new and challenging role. ​A resident assistant will work as a community developer and an administrator for staff and students in the residence hall. Resident Assistants are expected to recognize the needs of their residents and serve as a liaison between the resident population and the administration.

How do I become a Resident Assistant?

Becoming a resident assistant is a multi-step process. The first step to becoming an RA is the application. Applications are only available online and must be submitted before 11:59 p.m. on February 17, 2019. Individual interviews will take place on Friday, February 22, 2019 and the morning of Saturday, February 23, 2019. Applicants will be assigned an interview slot after their application has been received and processed. The next part of the application is Group Process on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Group process is a positive and exciting part of the selection process that serves as an opportunity for the professional staff to observe applicants interacting in a group setting. Applicants will go through a series of activities which will challenge how they work and interact with others on various tasks.

What are the requirements for application?

The requirements for application for a resident assistant are as follow:

  • Must be a full time student at Rhode Island College with a minimum GPA of 2.5 as of the end of the Spring 2019 semester.
  • Must complete at least two full-time academic semesters as of May 15, 2019.
  • Must demonstrate leadership potential, dedication to and involvement in student development activities at the college.
  • Must not have any outstanding financial obligations to the college.
  • Cannot be on a judicial probationary status as of the start date of employment as a Resident Assistant.

What is the compensation for Resident Assistants?

Resident assistants are generally contracted for the entire academic year, including training period, and receive:

  • The cost of room will be provided as a financial aid grant/waiver. This may have an effect on financial aid packages, please discuss with your financial aid counselor.
  • A taxable credit on the student account equivalent to the cost of board.
  • A stipend of $100 each semester, totaling $200.


Applications are an online form. All applications must be submitted online before 11:59pm on Sunday, February 17, 2019.

RA Online Application​

If  the link above does not direct you to the application, please try a different web browser and copy & paste into the browser’s address bar

Process Overview
February 4, 2019: Applications available for New RAs
February 17​: New Applications due​
February 22 and 23: RA Interviews
February 23: Group Process (Afternoon)

​We will make contingent offers within 30 days of the RA interviews. Successful hires and potential alternates need to remain in good standing with Office of Residential Life and Housing and Rhode Island College while maintaining at least a 2.5 GPA.

Good Luck!

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Office of Residential Life & Housing during business hours or email​​​​​​​​​​

Page last updated: February 06, 2019