selectionlogo20212020-2021 Resident Advisor and Residential Peer Mentor Application Information

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Resident Advisor or Residential Peer Mentor! Our application process for the 2020-2021 academic year has now ended.

Residential 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 reports to the Residence Life Office and an assigned Assistant Director/Area Coordinator.  RPMs are assigned to the Connolly/Palmerton community, the Placer 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.  

Click here to view the 2020-2021 RPM Job Description

RPM Application Information

  • Essay: The application requires you to answer the following essay question: "What skills do you hope to bring to the RPM position? What do you hope to learn?" We ask that you limit your response to 500 words or less and recommend preparing this essay ahead of time in Word and copy/pasting into your application
  • References: You must list two references on your application that we may contact.  The first should be a South Dakota Mines faculty reference who can comment on your academic ability. The second should be a personal reference who can comment on your ability to be an RPM and work in Residence Life.

RPM Selection Timeline

  • Mon. March 2: RPM Applications Due (12noon)
  • March 4-5: RPM Interviews

Resident Advisor (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.  

Click here to view the 2020-2021 Job Description

RA Selection Timeline

  • Jan. 15 & 16 (8pm): RA and RPM Information Sessions in CB203
  • Fri. Jan. 17: RA Application Available Online
  • Thurs. Feb. 6: RA Application and References Due
  • Tues. Feb. 11: Group Interview Process, 7-9:30pm. All applicants must attend.
  • Feb. 19-21: Individual Interviews
  • Wed. Feb. 27: Hiring Notifications

Application Details

  • The online application must be completed in one sitting. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Please make sure you are prepared to answer all questions, especially our two essay questions. These essays should be no more than 500 words. We recommend writing your responses in Word and then copying/pasting into the online application
  • Essay 1: Review the South Dakota Mines Inclusion Statement. What does this statement mean to you?  What should an inclusive community look like in residential housing and how can an RA foster such an inclusive community?
  • Essay 2: What skills do you hope to bring to the RA position? What do you hope to learn?
  • The group interview is required of all applicants and is scheduled for Tues, Feb. 11 from 7-9:30pm. Please ensure you clear your schedule now so that you can attend.

RA References

  • You must have two people submit a reference
  • One reference must be a South Dakota Mines faculty/staff member (non-ResLife)
  • The other reference may be any person who can comment on your potential to be an RA
  • Online reference forms are due Feb. 6

Residence Hall Check-In & Move-in Dates
(updated 6/16/20)

July 15
Early Arrival forms available
Priority Deadline for Check-Ins and Drop & Go options

July 29 - August 5
Drop & Go scheduled check-ins

August 15 - 17
First year students scheduled check-ins and move-in

August 15 - 18
Returning student scheduled check-ins and move-in

August 18
Rocker Ready orientation activities

August 19
Fall semester classes begin


  • Wed. Jul. 29 - Aug. 5 (8am-4pm)
    Drop & Go Student Scheduled Check-Ins & Move-In
  • Sat. Aug. 15 – 18 (8am-4pm)
    Returning Student Scheduled Check-Ins & Move-In
  • Sat. Aug. 15 – 17 (8am-4pm)
    New Student Scheduled Check-Ins & Move-In
  • Tues. Aug. 18
    New Student Ready Rocker Orientation Activities
  • Wed. Aug. 19
    Fall Semester Classes Begin
  • Wed. Nov. 25 (5pm)
    Housing Closes for Fall Semester Break
  • Fri. Jan. 8 (12pm)
    Housing Opens for Spring Semester
  • Sat. March 6 (12pm)
    Residence Halls Close for Spring Break
  • Sun. March 14 (8am)
    Residence Halls Open after Spring Break
  • Sat. May 8 (12pm)
    Housing Closes for Year