Resident assistants could have roommates next year

The university might try a non-traditional solution for another record high enrollment in the fall.

Posted: Jan. 30, 2018 11:47 PM
Updated: Jan. 31, 2018 9:32 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — In recent years Purdue has run into an issue with finding enough dorm rooms to house its students. The university is expecting another record high-freshman class to enroll in the fall.

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So, the university has come up with a non-traditional solution that may need to be implemented next Fall. With record acceptance numbers in recent years, Purdue is looking to pair incoming students with resident assistants.

Resident assistants, commonly shortened to RA, is a trained peer leader who supervises those living in a residence hall or group housing facility. At Purdue University RA's normally do not share a dorm room with another student.

Some, like Grace Cox said pairing up new students with RAs could lead to lessened authority on the dorm floors.

"I think they're supposed to feel more like they are the team leader of the hall like they should have their own dorm they're like the president of the hallway."

Jared Stillwell is not an RA, but he put himself in a RA's shoe and saw a positive outcome.


"I would be excited for the new opportunity to try and help a kid get acclimated to Purdue life."

Barb Frazee is the executive director of university residencies at Purdue. She says out of the nearly 300 RA's 150 of them could have roommates in the coming school year, but only if the admission numbers make that necessary.

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