The Office of Housing and Residential Life employs a dynamic group of upper-class undergraduate and graduate students as Resident Advisors (RAs) who live in each of our residence halls and apartment buildings. Their focus is on student success, community building and personal development of residents through programming and student interactions, to help students learn and grow in areas that will complement their classroom learning.
An RA is a student’s primary staff connection on their floor. They are the first point of contact for information about Housing, the University, and the Metro Detroit community as a whole. RAs also encourage the development of an inclusive, respectful and safe community in our buildings through the planning of programs and events, performing duty responsibilities, enforcing policy, and knowing what is going on in the building. RAs are charged with planning a certain amount of programs for their residents each month. They will plan social and educational programs to enhance learning outside the classroom and allow students to socialize and connect with each other. If you have an idea for a program or fun activity you would like to see organized in your hall or on your floor please contact your RA.
Benefits of the RA position:
“Insider” Knowledge about WSU
Plan Events and Programs
Help Students and Change Lives
Paid Room and Meal Plan
- Must have attended an information session & participated in the RA selection process including submitting an application and attending the group & individual interview days.
- Must maintain full-time undergraduate (min 12 credit hours)/graduate (min 8 credit hours) student status with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 for undergraduates or 3.0 for graduates for duration of employment beginning at selection.
- Must be in good financial standing with the University and the Office of Housing and Residential Life.
- Must not be on disciplinary probation through the Dean of Students Office or on housing probation through the Office of Housing and Residential Life.
- Must submit to, and pass, a formal background check through the WSUPD.
- Must complete and sign a housing license agreement for the academic year in which a student is employed.
- Must have lived on-campus in a residence hall or apartment for one semester before applying (at Wayne State University or another university).
Information about being an RA will be sent to students in the winter semester when the process opens.