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Resident Assistant Recruitment
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1/24/2019 at 1:05:03 AM GMT
Resident Assistant Recruitment

My colleagues in our residence life team are looking for ways to increase the depth of the Resident Assistant application pool. We currently have 70 RAs, which will increase in fall 2020 with a new residence hall coming online. We experience roughly a 50% turnover each year, leaving between 30-40 positions to be filled with an average completed application pool of 50 students.

Most of our RAs are assigned to stand-alone single rooms. In cases where they are assigned to a multiple-occupancy space, they have a single bedroom and are afforded the opportunity to select their roommate. RAs are charged for their room at the first-year room rate, roughly 4% less than the single room rate for an upperclass student who is not an RA. We then provide each RA with a quarterly stipend (taxable benefit) equal to the amount of their room charge. In turn, depending on their financial aid package, they can chose to use the stipend as a payment on their account balance or as a paycheck. RAs are provided with an unlimited meal plan at no cost, $100 Maroon Dollars per quarter to use at campus retail outlets and 5 guest meals per quarter.

I'm curious to learn more about how other institutions have worked to attract a deep, qualified RA candidate pool and welcome your feedback and suggestions.


Gregory M. Whitmore | Senior Associate Director of Occupancy & Administration
Housing & Residence Life

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