Student Leadership

Resident Assistants (RAs) are the face of Housing & Residence Life at FDU. RAs plan community events, enforce university policies, and are tasked with helping the halls feel like home.

We invite you to learn more about the RA role by attending an information session and completing the application for your campus:

The RA application timeline is below, and please note that attendance at an information session is required for your application to be considered complete.

RA application opens: February 1, 2022
Florham Campus Information Sessions (times and locations to be updated):

  • February 4, 2022
  • February 7, 2022
  • February 8, 2022
  • February 9, 2022
  • February 13, 2022
  • February 17, 2022

Metropolitan Campus Information Sessions (times and locations to be updated):

  • February 4, 2022
  • February 7, 2022
  • February 9, 2022
  • February 13, 2022

Application closes: Feb 18, 2022 at 10 AM

Application review: Feb 18 – Feb 23

First Round RA Interviews: Feb 28 – March 7

Second Round Interviews: March 21 – March 25

Offers sent out: April 1

Decisions due: April 5

Please email for any questions regarding the RA process at the
Metropolitan Campus and for any questions regarding the RA process at
the Florham Campus.

Orientation Leader Position Description

Every year, the Office of the Dean of Students selects a group of mature and dedicated undergraduate students to assist with implementing Orientation programs for the summer. Orientation Leaders serve as representatives of Fairleigh Dickinson University; therefore, candidates must exhibit a myriad of skills and qualifications. Through training, and with prior experience, Orientation Leaders are expected to possess knowledge about the University and demonstrate competence in sharing this information with Orientation participants. OLs must be outgoing, articulate, and willing to help incoming students ease into their new environment.

  • Exhibited leadership potential and experience
  • Good disciplinary standing with no current serious student conduct sanctions
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the mission of the University
  • Demonstrates interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of team members, students, and parents
  • Must be open-minded and willing to step outside of their comfort zone
  • Willingness to identify, connect and retain students of Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Desire to learn about the University’s people, community, programs, policies, and procedures
  • Demonstrated record of flexibility, responsibility, and willingness to assist others
  • Have the skill to handle stress
  • Have to ability to speak publicly in front of large groups of people
  • Be an Ambassador on behalf of Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • You must be a registered full-time undergraduate student for the Fall 2022 semester


  • Good academic standing, with a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Full-time undergraduate or full-time 5-year combined degree student
  • 4 or 5-year students graduating in December 2022Must be able to work for the mandatory dates listed below

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Attend and participate in training sessions for the summer
  • Supervise activities while living among new students attending orientation sessions
  • Serve as a positive representative of the University to new students and their parents & families
  • Facilitate new students’ introduction to the University by maintaining an open, helpful attitude and using effective communication techniques
  • Promote interaction among new students during small group discussions, icebreakers, meals, and evening activities
  • Answer student, parent & family questions about social and academic aspects of university life
  • Facilitate small group interactions on various topics at Orientation
  • Facilitate small activities for new students through direct involvement
  • Work closely and cooperate with other Orientation Leaders and orientation staff to develop, prepare, implement, and evaluate the orientation programs
  • Work with the professional staff of the Orientation 2022 Program to assist with and support all aspects of the orientation program, including Move-In Day, Week of Welcome, Open House, and Fast Days
  • Provide administrative support for the program, including preparation of orientation materials