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Residence Life

RA Application

Dear Applicant,

The Department of Residence Life is proud to announce its student life paraprofessional staff selection process for Spring 2018. While our process is both extensive and comprehensive, our hope is not only to hire staff, but also allow you to grow and learn as an individual.

By completing this application and submitting reference forms, you are showing an interest in becoming more involved in our university community through one of the numerous opportunities offered to our students.


Please read and answer each question carefully on the application confining your answers to the space provided. Please type in your answers, being aware of grammar and spelling. Once you have completed your application, review it for errors. When you are satisfied, print it out and sign it.

Very important note about the application - You can type directly into the application but cannot save your work and come back to it later. We need it to be typed, so you can do one of two things:

  1. Do the application all at once and print it after you are done.
  2. Write out your answers on a Word document first. We suggest you do it this way because you can save as you go along and/or can work on it over a few days and be able to save. When you finish answering all the questions on the Word document, you can then cut and paste your answers into the proper places on the application and print it out.

Please include a copy of your unofficial academic transcript along with your application. Unofficial Transcripts can be found on the Student Services tab of my.newpaltz.edu. And please include a copy of your unofficial co-curricular transcript with your application.

Bring the completed application and transcript to the Department of Residence Life located in Capen Hall. Applications are due by noon Friday, February 16, 2018. 

Late applications will NOT be accepted.

Download the RA Application Spring 2018


You will also need to submit a reference form from an RD and one other person. 

These reference forms are a very important support of your candidacy. There are two types:

  1. RD reference form- You must have a residence director complete one of these. It does not necessarily have to be your current RD. If you lived in a different building last semester or last year and your old RD knows you better, you can have that person do it.
  2. General reference forms- You must also have one other person complete a General Reference Form. Please choose carefully who you ask to complete it. The general reference form can be completed by any combination of faculty, professional staff members (if you transferred into NP you can use people from your previous college), high school teachers, guidance counselors, etc., and/or a current or past employer. Do NOT use family or friends. While close friends and relatives may know you well, they do not provide the most objective input on your strengths and weaknesses and should not be used as references.

Please be sure to sign and check the box under Family Educational Right and Privacy Act. Reference forms must be submitted to the Residence Life Office by 4 p.m. Friday, February 23, 2018.

RD Reference Form

General Reference Form


If you have any questions concerning the application and/or selection process, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Residence Life staff, or contact us via email at leadershipteam@newpaltz.edu. We wish you the best throughout the process and thank you for your interest.


The Leadership Development Team