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Resident Advisors

Aim Higher. Become a Resident Advisor. 


Recruitment for Resident Advisors for the Fall 2017 - Winter 2018 academic year has begun!


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 community building 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 community builders and events, performing on-call and 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 community builders to enhance learning outside the classroom and allow students to socialize and connect with each other. If you have an idea for a community builder 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 include (but are not limited to):

Leadership Skills
Resume Builder
Networking Opportunities
“Insider” Knowledge about WSU
Plan Events and Programs
Help Students and Change Lives
Paid Room and Meal Plan


Interested in being an RA? Excited about the opportunity to have a lasting impact on Wayne State and your community? The first stage of the RA application and selection process has been announced! Here’s what you need to know now:

You must attend one of the info sessions listed below and arrive on time; you are welcome to attend info sessions that do not occur in your residence hall.



Time & Location

Thursday, December 1st

RA Information Session

RA Application Opens

6:00 PM

Atchison Hall Community Room

Saturday, December 3rd

RA Information Session

5:00 PM

Towers Living Room

Sunday, December 4th

RA Information Session

5:00 PM

University Tower Apartments

Monday, December 5th

RA Information Session

2:30 PM

DeRoy Community Room

Tuesday, December 6th

RA Information Session

6:00 PM

Ghafari Community Room

Thursday, December 8th

RA Information Session

7:00 PM

Student Center Building 384

Tuesday, December 13th

RA Information Session

4:30 PM

Student Center Hillberry F

Friday, December 16th

RA Information Session

12:00 PM

Towers Living Room

Tuesday, January 10th

LAST RA Information Session

3:00 PM

Student Center Ballroom A

Friday, January 13th

Entire application DUE (Short response answers, submissions, references, etc.)

5:00 PM



General Resident Advisor Position Requirements


·         Applicants MUST attend one information session. Applicants should plan to arrive on time. 


·         Applicants MUST participate in the RA selection process including submitting an application, supplemental materials, and attending the group & individual interview days.


·         A link to the application is provided on the Housing and Residential Life website.


·         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 obtain at least 24 credits by the end of the Fall/Winter semester prior to employment.


·         Must commit one full academic year to the position.


·         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 Wayne State University Police Department.


·         Must complete and sign a housing license agreement for the academic year in which a student is holding an RA position in.


·         No prior on-campus living experience required.



Important Documents: Note that the job description and terms and conditions document is for current RAs. A new version for next year will be posted soon. Both documents are subject to change for the 2017-2018 recruitment and selection process.

2016-2017 Resident Advisor Job Description and Terms & Conditions 

2017-2018 Resident Advisor Recruitment Timeline 


For more information:
Please contact your Community Director (CD) or Email us at raselection@wayne.edu