Rochester Institute of Technology

Who We Are


The Center for Residence Life serves 7,100 residents residing in RIT Residence Halls, Greek free-standing houses, Special Interest Houses, Life Style Floors, RIT Inn, Global Village and Apartments.

Our partners in the Housing Operations office work closely with us in supporting campus living. The Housing Operations office is responsible for the administration of housing assignments as well as the upkeep of the facilities. Residence Life is responsible for the communities and the individuals that live in them.

In these residences, the Center for Residence Life provides staffing and supervision. We strive to provide an engaging and developmental environment for students.

As part of the Division of Student Affairs we are committed to the University's mission by creating and supporting significant learning opportunities that enhance development and promote a sense of campus community.



Our Staff


Resident Advisors (RAs) & Global Resident Advisors (GRAs) serve as first-line support to their residents. RAs are responsible for developing a community for resident students within their assigned area, as well as encouraging participation in floor and community events. RAs & GRAs are the first contact for roommate conflict resolution. RAs are directly supervised by Residence Coordinators (RCs). GRAs are supervised by the Community Advocate for Global Village and an Area Director.


Graduate Resident Advisors (Grad RAs) work in the apartment area, and oversee an apartment complex, ranging from 200-400 resident students. The Grad RA provides support to students residing in on-campus apartments. The Grad RA's primary duty is to facilitate interaction and communication among residents. Grad RAs also plan and implement social and educational events throughout the apartment area and institute wide. Grad RAs also manage conflict resolution between roommates and neighbors. The Grad RA is directly supervised by the Area Director.


Residence Coordinators (RCs) oversee residence halls, ranging from approximately 275 to 500 residents. Residence Coordinators supervise the Resident Advisors (RAs), coordinate and facilitate RA staff training and development, serve as coaches and counsel students, develop and support residential and institute wide events & initiatives, serve as conduct officers, resolve roommate conflicts, and serve as advisors to student organizations and special interest houses. Residence Coordinators are directly supervised by Assistant Directors.


Area Directors coordinate campus and community resources to enhance students’ academic and co-curricular experience in the apartment area. Area Directors facilitate and advocate for student initiatives that enhance the on-campus apartment living-learning environment, and directly supervise the Community Advocates, Global Resident Advisors and House Managers.


Assistant Directors manage the Residence Hall areas and supervise the RCs. They oversee and coordinate all area services. Assistant Directors coordinate the student conduct process for their area and coordinate services with other campus partners.


Senior Staff Assistants work in each area office in the department. They are responsible for coordinating and supporting many processes including those related to lost room keys and meeting room reservations.