Become a RAM

The Resident Academic Mentor (RAM) is a part-time live-in position assigned to a Living and Learning Community (LLC) to guide and support first year students as they transition to college life. RAMs work collaboratively with Academic Partners (colleges, faculty, Deans) to provide resources, coordinate in-hall programming, and provide one-on-one academic support to students in their LLC.

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The University of Rhode Island’s Department of Housing and Residential Life has anticipated RAM openings in the following Living and Learning Communities (LLCs):


To apply to become a RAM, you must:

  • Have class standing a sophomore or above
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Be able to work an average of 12.5 hours per week throughout the academic year
  • Be able to attend pre-opening August training, fall residence hall opening, and various other in-service training activities and programs during the year
  • Be willing to live in your assigned LLC residence has for the entire employment period


RAMs receive a room-waiver and 1 credit for CSV 302 (Community Service at URI). Four RAMs are funded through College of Engineering Scholarships for the ELLC (Engineering Living and Learning Community) only.

Please note: Becoming a RAM could affect your financial aid package. You are encouraged to check with a financial aid adviser in Enrollment Services for information specific to your circumstances.

The U.S. Department of Education requires that RAM compensation be included part of a student’s financial aid package, but it cannot be counted against your entitlement aid (Pell Grants and Need Grants). The room waiver of the RAM compensation package is considered a “convenience to the employer” and is non-taxable income.

Selection Process

  • Applications Available Now
  • Applications Due February 5, 2018
  • RAM Interviews will be conducted February 12 – March 5, 2018
  • RAM Offers will be made by March 5, 2018

Screened applicants will be invited to interview with the Coordinator of Educational Programs, LLC partner(s), and Housing and Residential Life staff.

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