Resident Assistants

What is a Resident Assistant?

A Resident Assistant at William Paterson University is a full-time undergraduate student whose function is to act as a student advisor to approximately 50 resident students in the University residence halls.  RAs are selected because of their maturity, leadership qualities, experience, and interest in working with other students and staff.  They are a vital and necessary link in the Residence Life program.  As a paraprofessional staff member of the Division of Student Development, he/she is the representative of the University who works most directly with campus residents from all walks of life.  The RA reports to his/her Resident Director, and together they are responsible to the Department of Residence Life.

Who can be an RA at WPU?

Before becoming a Resident Assistant, several qualifications need to be met.  RAs need to be/have:

  • A full-time undergraduate student taking no more than 19 credit hours per semester;
  • A minimum of a 2.70 cumulative and semester GPA; 
  • A sophomore, junior, or senior at time of employment, and;
  • Free from any probationary discipline from the University judicial process

Resident Assistants are allowed to work one on-campus job along with their RA position, but the outside employment must not exceed 25 hours per week.

What are the benefits of being an RA?

Being a Resident Assistant offers many benefits to those who hold the position.  RAs are afforded the opportunity to develop leadership skills that are vital to a student's success after their time at William Paterson. RAs also learn and develop skills such as active listening, mediation, problem solving, administration, and mentoring throughout the duration of their position.

Also, due to the intensive and time-consuming nature of the position, RAs receive compensation in the form of free housing and an RA meal plan.  RAs are given a single room in the residence hall that they work and live in, and receive 19 meals per week with their meal plan.  The compensation package does not include any Pioneer Express money.

Sounds great!  How do I apply?

Resident Assistant selection details are communicated to the campus community via campus announcements and postings.  Should you have any questions, please contact our office at 973-720-2714.

Dates To Remember


2016 - 2017 RA Selection Process

At this time the selection process for the 2016-2017 staff is complete.  The next opportunity for application will be during the Fall 2016 academic semester.  

For more information, please contact the Residence Life Office at 973-720-2714.