Resident Assistant and Residential Peer Mentor Application Information

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Resident Assistant or Residential Peer Mentor! The application process for the 2016-2017 academic year has begun -- look for complete information below. 

RPMResidential Peer Mentor (RPM) Application Information & Important Dates

The Residential Peer Mentor (RPM) serves as an important academic resource to their assigned residential community by providing tutoring, mentoring, and academic activities.  The RPM jointly reports to the Tech Learning Center (TLC) and to the Residence Life Office.  RPMs are assigned to the Connolly/Palmerton community and the Peterson community.  RPM selection is a competitive process that aims to hire students who are passionate about helping peers succeed and passionate about our University.  A complete job description is available online here.

RPM Selection Timeline

  • Monday, Feb. 8:  Online RPM Applications
  • Friday, Feb. 26: RPM Applications Due - 12noon

Resident Assistant (RA) Application Information & Important Dates

RAs are vital members of the Residence Life staff.  Each living community has an RA to ensure we create positive, healthy communities where students can live, learn, and thrive.  RA selection is an in-depth process to ensure we hire the best RAs we can; through our selection process, we aim to hire students who will commit themselves to their communities, to their residents, and to our University.  A complete job description is available online here.  

RA Selection Timeline

  • Wednesday, Jan. 13 (8pm): RA Information Session I, CB203
  • Thursday, Jan. 14 (8pm): RA Information Session II, CB203
  • Friday, Jan. 15: Online RA Application Available
  • Wednesday, Feb. 3 (5pm): RA Applications Due
  • Thursday, Feb. 11 (7-9pm): Mandatory Group Interview Process, Surbeck Center
  • Feb. 16-22: Individual Interviews
  • Feb. 25: Candidate Notification

Application Details

The RA application is an online form that should be completed in one sitting.  You should prepare the following information ahead of complete the application:

  • Names and Emails of your two references
  • Essay Responses.  Be prepared to answer 2 essay questions, each essay answer should be no more than 500 words. We recommend writing your responses to the below in Word and copying/pasting to this application. 
    • Essay 1: What is your personal philosophy on diversity and multiculturalism?
    • Essay 2: What skills do you hope to bring to the RA position? What do you hope to learn?

RA References

Each RA candidate must have two references submitted by Feb. 3. Candidates should provide their references this link to complete the evaluation:

  • One reference must be a faculty member or staff member at SD Mines
  • One reference can be from anyone - supervisor, pastor, advisor, family friend, etc.  
  • Current Residence Life staff members can not be references

Important May 
Closing Information  

All residential housing closes Saturday, May 7 at 12noon.  Residents must vacate housing 24-hours after their last final or by this date, whichever occurs first. Complete details can be found on our:

May Closing Website

  •  Sat. May 7, 12 Noon:
    All Halls Close


  • Thurs. Aug. 18, 8am-6pm
    New Student Move-In
  • Aug. 19-21, 8am-6pm
    Returning Student Move-In
  • Thurs. Dec. 15, 12noon
    All residential buildings close for Winter Break
  • Sat. Jan. 7, 12noon
    All residential buildings open for Spring Semester
  • Sat. March 4, 12noon
    Residence Halls close for Spring Break (Rocker I/II remain open)
  • Sun. March 12, 8am
    Residence Halls re-open after Spring Break
  • Sat. May 6, 12noon
    All residential buildings close