First-Year RA Application

The first-year RA application will open on October 18 2021 and close on December 19 2021

Interviews will be held in late January/early February


RA Position Information

RAs By The Numbers

Current RA Staff Academics

Current RA Staff Demographics

RA Position Information

About the RA Position

Resident Assistants (RAs) are responsible for community building, program facilitation, crisis response, policy enforcement, conflict mediation, and resource referral in a specific residential community. RAs facilitate engagement opportunities, offering students opportunities to interact and build relationships while gaining experience and skill in the areas of academic success, civic engagement, and social justice. RAs are thoroughly trained on residential and University policies, protocol, and services, preparing them for effective response and appropriate referral.

The RA position is a full academic year commitment requiring a significant time commitment. RAs must possess strong time management, critical thinking, problem solving, and interpersonal communication skills.

Application Process

Approximately 50-60 new RAs are hired each year. The RA application, which opens annually in October and closes in December, requires the submission of a resume and the completion of four to five short-answer questions. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and an active housing application on file for consideration. Qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an interview process in late January/early February. 

Position Benefits

Resident Assistants are compensated through a scholarship that covers the cost of room and board. RAs will have a space to themselves unless they live in an apartment with separate bedrooms. RAs are provided a 14+ Meal Plan for each semester as well. 

RAs benefit from skill development in the following areas:

  • Professional networking
  • Confidence and character building
  • Suicide prevention
  • Crisis response
  • Conflict mediation
  • Legal compliance
  • Intercultural competency
  • Sexual assault prevention & response
  • Academic success strategies

RAs By The Numbers

Serving over 5,000 residential students across two campuses, Housing & Residence Life relies on the amazing work of our Resident Assistants! Here are some stats about them: 


RA Stats

102 Resident Assistants Across Two Campuses:

60 RAs on North Campus - Allendale

37 RAs on South Campus - Allendale

5 RAs on Pew Campus - Grand Rapids

61 First-Year RAs

41 Mentor RAs

Largest RA Staff: The Back Four - 14 RAs

Smallest RA Staff: Winter/Secchia - 5 RAs


10 Living-Learning Communities Across Two Campuses:

Art Housing - Calder Residence
Frederick Meijer Honors College - Holton-Hooker & Neimeyer Apartments
Gender Justice House - VanSteeland Living Center
International House - Laker Village Apartments
Health & Movement Science House - South Apartments D
Women in Science & Engineering - South Apartments C
Social Work LLC - Winter Hall
Engineering LLC - Winter Hall
Seidman Business LLC - Winter Hall
The Momentum House - Winter Hall

Current RA Staff Academics

GVSU RAs come from all majors and programs. Here are some of the majors of our current RAs:


Advertising & Public Relations

Allied Health Sciences

Applied Computer Science

Behavioral Neuroscience


Biomedical Sciences

Business General

Cell & Molecular Biology

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Communication Studies

Comprehensive Science & Arts for Teaching

Computer Science

Criminal Justice

Diagnostic Medical Sonography


Electrical Engineering



Exercise Science


General Management


Group Social Studies


Hospitality Tourism Management

Information Technology

Integrated Science Secondary

International Relations



Multimedia Journalism



Occupational Safety/Health Management

Political Science


Public and Nonprofit Admin

Recreational Therapy

Social Work


Sport Management

Supply Chain Management



Colleges Represented

32% enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

17% enrolled in the Seidman College of Business

16% enrolled in the College of Education

15% enrolled in the College of Health Professions

11% enrolled in the College of Community & Public Service

8% enrolled in the Padnos College of Engineering & Computing

2% enrolled in the Kirkhof College of Nursing

Current RA Staff Demographics

RAs are comprised of a diverse group of student leaders on campus. Here are some stats about the campus experience of our RAs:




88% are from a city in Michigan

8% are from a city outside of Michigan

4% are international students 

Countries Represented: United States, Canada, Mexico, India, New Zealand

43% are the youngest child

33% are the oldest child

16% are the middle child

8% are the only child


High School Experience:

11% attended private school

86% attended public school

3% were homeschooled

80% played sports

65% participated in music, theater, dance, and/or other arts

32% participated in student government

55% were a member of the National Honor Society

78% held a part-time job


Campus Life:

22% enrolled in the Frederick Meijer Honors College

34% have held an on-campus job

11% are a member of a Greek Life organization

58% have had a class on the Pew Campus

55% have participated in intramural/club sports

13% have been a member of Student Senate, CAB, and/or RHA

41% have held a position as an Orientation Assistant, Transitions Leader, or Peer Mentor