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Become An RA

Resident Assistants come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring their own individual strengths, interests, and passions to the position. If you like working with others and are interested in making on-campus life the best it can be, you may be perfect for the RA role. You’ll have opportunities to connect with other students, get valuable work experience and professional development on top of a stipend and some great financial incentives, all while making your mark on Clemson’s campus.

University Housing & Dining (UH&D) strives to create supportive and challenging environments that enrich and nourish lives. Further, we seek to be the premier campus community in the country. Resident Assistants (RAs) are an integral part of furthering this mission and vision.
Resident Assistants will mentor residents to explore who they are, connect with others in the community, engage academically, and lead in meaningful ways.

Inclusion Statement:

We proudly commit to preparing our students and staff to thrive in a global community.  We seek to understand and affirm all identities, engage in residential community dialogue, and promote an inclusive and supportive residential community environment.

Resident Assistants serve students in our residential communities in a variety of roles we have identified as leaders, role models, critical thinkers, peer educators, and community builders.


RAs will practice leadership through authentic and relational actions, recognizing that leadership is a process and the outcome is positive change for the greater community.

  • RAs are leaders within their residential community and the larger Clemson community.
  • Serve as mentors and role models to their residents. RAs hold diverse perspectives and often draw on their own experiences to guide their peers through the Clemson experience.
  • RAs are encouraged to utilize Communities of Inclusion (COI) resources to build inclusive residential communities and global citizens.
  • Engage in sustainable practices supported by Eco Reps, Residential Living and Residential Learning, and empower residents to do so.

Role Models

RAs will recognize the responsibility and accountability that comes with leading and mentoring others in the community.

  • Serve as a credible role model by holding themselves and residents accountable to the University Housing Contract and Rules & Regulations, University Code of Conduct, and community standards and norms.
  • Regularly interact with Faculty-in-Residence, Faculty Friends, Living-Learning Community partners, or Residential College partners and encourage residents to engage with faculty outside of the classroom.
  • Strive to be an authentic leader within community and create a positive experience for students.
  • Role model academic success as a student, maintaining the academic expectations of the role

Critical Thinkers

RAs will solve problems and make decisions with an ethical and informed mindset, valuing the administrative responsibility of serving as an RA.

  • Identify a problem and know how/resources to address the problem.
  • Demonstrate an enhanced ability to employ evidence/information in conducting a comprehensive analysis of an issue or problem.
  • Utilize disciplined thinking that is clear rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence.
  • Observe and report concerns in the community related to safety, facility, policy, and resident concerns.
  • Take action to respond to problems within the scope of role and engage support as appropriate/required.

Peer Educators

RAs will serve as a key resource for the community members making appropriate and timely referrals that support student success.

  • Provide opportunities for residents to reflect on their choice of major, career aspirations, etc. as they pursue their degree. RAs play a part in facilitating a culture of lifelong learning.
  • Create a community that is conducive to academic success.  RAs should be aware of basic academic policies and refer students to a variety of academic resources.
  • Through interactions with their residents, articulate their own identities and demonstrate an ability to speak to others across areas of social identity.

Community Builders

RAs will utilize intentional interactions and staff support to build a strong network of connected residents.

  • Develop relationships with residents. RAs are expected to have regular one-on-one interactions in order to get to know each resident individually. RAs help to connect residents in the community to one another.
  • Support residents’ leadership development through the encouragement of involvement in the Residence Hall Association (RHA) community council(s), and Eco-Reps.
  • Work with residents to maintain physical space within the community. Residents are encouraged to take appropriate care of their assigned space and the community as a whole.
  • Assist residents in proactively addressing individual and community conflict.


Please fully review the RA position description, departmental expectations, operational dates and RA FAQ for more information regarding position responsibilities, requirements, and remuneration and benefits of the RA position.


  • Resident Assistants must be enrolled as full-time students at Clemson University at the time of application and start of employment. BRIDGE students are eligible to apply for the RA position but must BRIDGE successfully to start employment.


We prioritize academic success and your role as a student and have therefore implemented academic policies designed to support and enhance your academic career.

  • We highly recommend that an RA does not enroll in more than 18 hours of academic credit.
  • Resident Assistants must maintain a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the time of appointment and throughout the term of employment. (Some Living-Learning communities may require a higher GPA.) A staff member’s semester and cumulative GPA will be checked each fall and spring semester. Academic forgiveness cannot be utilized in the academic appeal process.
  • Resident Assistants are academic role models. Any issue of academic dishonesty will be addressed.

EDSA 3900

Resident Assistants will take EDSA 3900: Student Development, Leadership, and Counseling for the University Paraprofessional as a pre-service requirement of employment. EDSA 3900 is a 3-hour credit course, and an RA must earn a C or better in the course to continue into the RA role.  Failure to complete this course with a grade of C or better may impact RA employment.

EDSA 3900 will be offered on multiple dates and times in spring 2021. Details will be provided in the application process.

Remuneration and Benefits

  • Stipend: Resident Assistants are paid on a stipend basis with stipend amounts divided equally amongst pay periods falling within the dates of employment. Most positions are paid a stipend of $4,020.00 for the academic year. Any differences for specialized positions will be noted in that particular position’s Employment Agreement. Work hours may vary week to week.
  • Meal Plan: UH&D believes in the community that is created through relationship building with one another over food. A meal plan is provided as a means to allow to engage in the community that is created in dining halls and retail venues on-campus. Staff are encouraged to provide meaningful feedback to Dining in partnership with one another to enhance our offerings for students.
  • Housing Assignment: Resident Assistants are provided with a private room. In the event of higher than expected occupancy, an RA may be assigned a temporary roommate. Resident Assistant rooms will be billed at the designated RA rate (The current RA rate is $2,756 per semester and is subject to annual rate increases).
  • Note: The value of the housing rate and meal plan is applied as a resource to a student’s financial aid account. Please consult with a financial aid counselor if you have questions about the impact to available aid.


The Application is open Monday, November 16, 2020 to Monday, January 25, 2021. Apply in the Employment Portal.

This application consists of a brief personal essay and five short answer questions. Each short answer question is based on one of the five RA Competencies listed above. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the following documents:



Nov. 16-Jan. 25

Apply in the Employment Portal


If you have questions about your eligibility, or need more information about the Resident Assistant position, please contact


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