Residence Education

Advice from the Selection Committee

Every year, potentially strong Resident Adviser (RA) applicants are cut from the selection process because of poorly written essays on the application. Do not underestimate the importance of the essays. The following is a list of steps that you can take to potentially be more successful in the selection process.

Application Advice to RA Candidates

  • Make sure you understand what the question is asking.
  • Provide thoughtful and thorough responses.
  • Answer the questions thoroughly. Every question has multiple components, so make sure that you answer every component of the question.
  • Learn more about the RA position. Attend an information session, talk to current RAs, and/or talk to a Resident Director, Associate Hall Director or Area Director.
  • Use proper grammar, spelling, punctuation and syntax. Candidates are evaluated on their writing skills.
  • Essays are reviewed separately from any demographic information. Regardless of your involvement in and contributions to the residential communities thus far, your essay must be strong on its own.
  • Take your essay to a UW Learning Resource Center before you submit it online.


Hear advice from UW RAs about things to keep in mind when applying: