Resident Assistants Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I've never lived in a residence hall. Can I still apply?

Yes. We require that each applicant have completed at least one term as a full time student at Oregon State University or, have been an RA for at least one year at another institution

I know that by being a Resident Assistant, I will receive a room, meal plan, and $450/year stipend. How will that affect my financial aid?

The Resident Assistant position can affect your financial aid or scholarship award. However, to determine how that will affect your situation specifically, please contact the Financial Aid Office. 

Do I already need to know how to confront people or deal with emergencies?

Prior experience in this area is not a requirement to be a Resident Assistant. All staff members receive training before the academic year on many situations that might arise.

Do I have to stay until the residence hall is closed and/or return before the residence halls open?

RAs help facilitate check-in and check-out for residents, and need to have an increased presence during transitional times. For 2011-12, most residence halls will be open continuously from September - June, including during Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break. Each hall will need to have RA duty coverage to serve students who choose to remain on campus during break times. Details of dates and times, which are specific to each academic year, are listed on that year’s current Resident Assistant Agreement.

I’ve heard that there is an RA class during the spring, is that optional?

The RA class is required for all new staff.  Should new staff be hired after the Spring 2011class has completed, they will be required to take the class during Spring term 2012 in order to be eligible to return as an RA in 2012-13.

When does Resident Assistant training begin in the fall?

Resident Assistants will move into the halls from September 2, 2011 to September 5, 2011.  Training will begin on Tuesday, September 6, 2011.

If I have a conflict, can I miss training or be late for it?

No. Attending Resident Assistant training in its entirety and fully participating in opening the halls is required to hold the position. Training lasts approximately through the first day of classes and covers a breadth of information ranging from programming and confrontation, to community building and social justice. The time invested is critical to prepare Resident Assistants on how to serve as resources for their residents.

Can I hold another position on/off-campus if I am a Resident Assistant?

Resident Assistants who desire to hold another position must have prior approval from their Resident Director. Resident Assistants wishing to take more than 18-credits a term also need to seek prior approval from their Resident Director

What if I don't have the required GPA?

Resident Assistant applicants must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and 2.0 term GPA. Applicants will not be considered for placement until they meet the GPA requirements.   All Resident Assistants must be full-time students and progressing toward graduation.

If I have been documented through the university conduct process, can I still be a Resident Assistant?

Students must be in good conduct standing with the university and UHDS. Good conduct standing means: you are not currently on probation nor have been evicted from UHDS, nor are you currently suspended, expelled, or on interim suspension from the university. In addition, you must not have any incomplete sanctions with the UHDS or Dean of Student Life office.

What if I don’t have a resume?

We encourage applicants who are not familiar with the resume or general interviewing process to visit Career Services at OSU. They can provide valuable resources to help you as you apply and interview for the RA position.

Can I have my mom write one of my recommendations?

No.  You should select 2 non-family members who can speak to your job-related and/or leadership skills to be your recommendations. At least one should be from OSU (or your current institution).

What does the interview process entail?

Your interview will begin with your written application. After a review of applications, candidates will be informed on whether or not they will be offered an interview. Interviews will be conducted via phone.

Who should I contact if I have further questions?

You can speak to your Resident Director or email the RA Selection chair, David Akana.

Do I have to be involved in my hall council or other clubs in order to be selected?

Involvement in clubs and organizations is not a prerequisite for the RA position. Being involved in the residence hall community can provide candidates with insight into the role of the RA and the dynamics of a residence hall community. Additionally, student leadership experience can provide candidates with insight into effective steps in planning events, managing time and working within a team, all of which are important aspects of being an RA.

Can I choose the building I want to be a Resident Assistant in?

When you apply, you are applying for the position and not for a specific residence hall. Hall placement is determined by the Resident Directors and is based on the needs of the building, as well as the applicant’s skill set.