Who do I contact for more information?
Please email the selection committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the time commitment?
In general, you’re expected to spend at least 15 hours per week in your community, but that is merely a guideline. Being an RA is more than taking on another activity, it is a lifestyle change. Your floor or building is your home, and you and your fellow RAs are responsible for developing the community environment in that home. Sometimes that means spending a lot of time on the floor or in the building with your residents or planning and presenting programs, and sometimes that means studying ahead of time so that you can do those other things the next week. Being an RA is a serious time commitment, but it is one that is based on your individual situation. There is no way to determine exactly how much time it will take to be an effective RA. Required training for the RA position takes place in August and January, so you will be unable to enroll in Summer Session IV classes. In addition, RA Training and staff meetings will be held every Monday night during the academic year from 7:00pm-11:00pm. You will be unable to enroll in Monday night classes. All RAs participate in a duty rotation. RAs on the South 40 have duty in the RA Duty Office in the Residential Life Center. RAs on the North Side carry a duty phone for a week at a time. The time commitment depends on you. If you are selected, we believe that you have the ability to stay involved in your current activities and handle the responsibilities of being an RA. We know that your campus involvement is an important part of who you are, and we wouldn’t expect you to sacrifice that, however, we expect that being an RA will be your top priority after your academics.
Do I get to choose where I'm going to live?
No. When you apply, we ask for your preferences in terms of what type of floor/community you would like most. We make an effort to follow your preferences, however, in deciding placements, we maximize our strengths, consider space limitations and the staffing needs of each residential area. Thus, we cannot guarantee that you will be placed in your top choice.
Will my Residential Preference choices affect whether I am hired?
Our goal is to hire the most qualified candidates to be RAs. We use the Residential Community preferences as a guide to help us make the best match possible.
What is the room and board compensation?
All RAs receive their room, local phone service, and half of their Ethernet charge as part of the compensation package. In addition, new RAs receive half of a Silver Meal plan, and returning RAs receive a full Silver Meal plan.
Will I still get financial aid if I am an RA?
Yes, however please speak to Student Financial Services to learn more about what this would look like for you.
What are the benefits of being an RA?
For most RAs, being an RA is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding and enriching aspects of their college experience. As an RA you get an opportunity to serve others; develop interpersonal, budgeting, communication, rapport building, and a plethora of other skills; gain valuable university contacts; experience over 200 hours of professional training; work with some of the most talented students at WU; learn about yourself and others; and be a part of a supportive group of friends who are all working together to make your community a great place to live. As one RA said, “You go from feeling like you’re just at the university to being a part of the university.” You will be a part of the RA and Residential Life family.
When do I have to be back in August?
August Training begins approximately two weeks before the first day of first-year move-in and orientation. Next year, this will be August 7th, 2019.
RAs are required to stay in the halls through the end of each semester, when the halls close. RAs return early for training in January. RAs will stay until the Sunday following graduation. All RAs are expected to participate in all August and January training sessions. Specific dates will be provided to newly hired RAs.
What is the RA selection process like?
To determine whom to select as RAs, we use a number of criteria – the written application, recommendations from references, as well as group and individual interviews. We also make sure candidates are in good standing with the university, both with conduct and academics. We use all of these means to get a complete and accurate picture of each candidate so that we can make an educated, thorough decision in the selection process.
When will I find out if I've been selected?
All candidates will be notified of the results of the RA selection process on Friday, February 8, 2019 so that you will be able to make the necessary housing arrangements before the housing process begins.
What if I am abroad in the Fall and cannot attend an info session?
Candidates who are abroad in the fall must contact the RA Selection Committee (email@example.com) to receive the information electronically. Candidates who do not reach out for this information will not be considered for the RA position.
Who should I choose as my references?
The references you choose should be mentors or professionals who know you well and can speak to your skills, strengths, and abilities (past high school teacher, coach, professor, former or current supervisor, counselor, research supervisor, clergy, volunteer coordinator, four-year advisor, major advisor, etc.). One of your references needs to be Wash U affiliated. The following people cannot serve as references: current RAs or past RAs who are still undergraduate students, RCDs, Graduate Fellows, Associate/Assistant Directors in Residential Life, Jill Stratton, Rob Wild, and Kawanna Leggett. If you do choose an undergraduate student as a reference, this person should have acted in a leadership capacity and can speak to your professionalism and work ethic.
Can transfer students apply to be an RA?
Yes we encourage all transfer students to apply. They must be a current WashU student at the time they apply and must be in their 3rd year of college when they start the role.
Can graduate students apply to be an RA?
The RA position is an undergraduate student leadership role. Those in a 3-2 programs can only apply if they will begin the role as an undergraduate student.