Residential Life

Iowa Wesleyan believes the on-campus living experience is critical to the holistic development of our students. Thus, Iowa Wesleyan is a Residential Campus which means that all students are required to live on-campus for the duration of their time at IW. There are exceptions to this rule. Please see the Off-Campus Housing page.

The Residential Life program at Iowa Wesleyan is grounded in community. Residential Life staff, residence hall programs, and the community spaces in the residence halls all focus on community and individual student needs.

Residential Life Programming

The 19 RAs on staff are responsible for creating dozens of residence hall programs each semester. Programs are of no additional cost to students. The programs are intended to create opportunities for students to meet one another, learn new and exciting life skills, and place an onus on academic success. Examples of social programs include craft nights, pizza parties, and video game tournaments. Additional academic programming exists in the residence halls in a variety of forms. Those include an academic program called “the streak” which incentivizes studying and academic performance with students earning points for high scores on papers and tests. Faculty also come to the residence halls to speak with students about their own hobbies and interests and outside speakers often come to campus to speak about everything from banking to interviewing skills.

Residential Life Learning Outcomes

  • Students will recognize their role in the development and maintenance of a positive community.
  • Students will improve and be confident in effectively managing and dealing with conflict.
  • Students will understand value of and be willing to access support services (i.e. OASIS, Student Development, and mental health counselors).
Residential Life Staff

Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life: Reporting directly to the Vice President for Student Development the Asst. Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life is an upper-level staff member within the Student Development Office. Primary responsibilities include oversight of the entire Res. Life program, serving as the chief conduct officer on campus, and working on retention and academic success initiatives.

Residence Hall Directors (RHD): Full-time professional staff members who live in first floor, residence hall apartments of both McKibbin and S-T Halls. Their primary functions include supervising RAs, overseeing community programs, and enforcement of residence hall policies.

Resident Assistants (RA): Resident assistants are returning students who are responsible for overseeing the community development of a group of 15-35 residents. RAs are actively involved in assisting their residents with personal and academic problems, implementing social and educational activities, enforcing university policies and community standards, helping maintain a comfortable living environment, and performing various administrative functions.  The RA is the focal point for the day-to-day operation of their living unit.

Apply to be an RA


Desk Assistants:  Students are employed through the Work-Study program to monitor the activity in the building, staffing the front desk while also checking out gaming equipment for the lounge and gaming spaces in the residence halls.