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Resident Assistant Selection - Frequently Asked Questions

How often are RAs on duty?

RAs are on duty about once every other week and one weekend a month. This varies from complex to complex but is equitable across campus.

When do RAs need to be on campus?

RAs must to be on campus for a variety of events that require them to be on campus before all other students get here as well as being here after all students have left.  If hired be sure to check the job description for all dates that are required.

How much do RAs get paid?

RAs receive Room and Board for the duration of the time working for Residence Life. The RA position is considered a scholarship and will be adjusted to financial aid as such.  It may change your financial aid package so be sure to check your MainStreet account regularly.

I plan on studying abroad in the spring semester. Can I still be an RA?

The resident assistant position is a full year commitment. Studying abroad is an excellent opportunity, but you will not be able to be an RA.

Can RAs choose which hall they work in?

During the application and interview process students can give a preference to which hall they would like to work in.  However placement in your preferred complex is not guaranteed and is non-negotiable. Placement of RAs is based on the strengths of the candidates and the need of the student population.

What is the minimum GPA for RAs?

RAs and RA applicants are required to maintain at minimum GPA of 2.5 both cumulative and semester.

Is there a residential requirement to be an RA?

Yes students who are applying to be an RA must have lived in a residential setting for a minimum of 2 semesters by the time you would start the position. It can be from any college campus or other suitable community living style.

How many hours a week do RAs work?

On average RAs work 20 hours a week, although there are times when the position requires more that that but Residence Life as a department does try to give as much warning ahead of time so RAs can prepare.

Can RAs have a second job?

Yes RAs are allowed to have a second job provided that it does not interfere with the RA position and isn’t more than 10-15 hours a week.

How often can RAs take time off?

While we expect RAs to be around the halls and visible on a daily basis we do recognize that you will also need to take a break.  So RAs are allowed to take one weekend a month and 3 week nights a month off.  All time must be approved through your supervisor prior to taking time off.

How will I know how to confront issues?

RAs are trained at the beginning of each semester and we give you plenty of tools that will help you confront a very large variety of issues.

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Residence Life
311 Memorial Union
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: (207) 581-4801 | Fax: (207) 581-4255E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469