Scholastic Assistant Program

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The overall purpose of the SA Program is to foster a successful and positive educational and developmental experience for all First-Year students. SAs are successful continuing students who serve as mentors for first-year students, helping with both their social and academic transitions. Each SA is connected to a particular LLC course, and the group of SAs in any given LLC theme are seen as a collective resource for the new incoming first-year cohort. They serve as a liaison between first-year students and LLC Faculty Advisors, collaborate closely with Resident Assistants (RAs) to put on co-curricular programming, and help new students navigate and find their place here at USD.

Apply to be a Scholastic Assistant!

To apply to be a Scholastic Assistant, you must attend a Student Leader Informational. After you have attended a Student Leader Informational, please follow the following steps to apply.
  1. Review the Scholastic Assistant Position Descriptions & Responsibilities, the LLC Theme Descriptions, and the Application Checklist.
  2. Complete and Submit the Scholastic Assistant Application.
    • The SA Application is due by Sunday, February 10th at 11:59pm.
  3. Sign-up for a Scholastic Assistant Interview.
    • SA Interviews must be signed up for by Sunday, February 10th at 11:59pm. 
    • Interviews will be conducted from Monday, February 11th through Friday, February 22nd at various times and locations.
    • You will receive an email from Scholastic Chair, Jennifer Franco, confirming your interview time and location.
  4. Attend your Scholastic Assistant Interview.
    • Print a copy of your Unofficial Transcript that can be found on your MySanDiego portal under the My Academics tab. On your transcript - please write the NAME of the professor you took this course with next to the course. This will help us place you with an LLC Faculty Advisor and/or LLC Course.
    • If you have NOT received an email that stated you received a faculty nomination from Dean Din or Jennifer Franco, please take the faculty nomination form that was given to you at the Student Leader Informational and ask a faculty to sign it for you. You can also request that a faculty send an email to Dean Din nominating you. (If you are a returner, you do not need to retrieve a new faculty nomination).
    • All these documents MUST to be brought to your selected interview slot.
Please contact Scholastic Chair, Jennifer Franco, at or the LLC Team at with any questions about the application process or come by the Learning Communities Office in Missions Crossroads 125 for more information.

Important Dates for Prospective SAs

Calendar of important dates for prospective SAs.
Date Event Location
Tuesday, January 29th - Wednesday, February 6th SA Informational Sessions *Must attend to receive an application Various times and locations
Tuesday, January 29th SA Applications and Interview Sign-Ups Open 12:30 PM, online
Sunday, February 10th SA Applications and Interview Sign-Ups Due Electronic submissions are due by 11:59 PM
Monday, February 11th - Friday, February 22nd SA Interviews Various locations and times
Friday, March 1st SA Applicants Notified of Decision Email notification to USD email address
Monday, March 13th Deadline to Accept SA Position Before 5:00 PM, via email
Tuesday, April 2nd Student Leader Lunch/Training  12:00-2:00 PM, in UC Forum C
Friday, April 26th LLC Theme Team Training 1:30-4:00 PM in various locations (contact your SC for details)

Mid August-OLÉ! Weekend (exact dates TBA)

SA Leadership Training Various times and locations
 Late August- Early September (exact dates TBA)  OLÉ! Weekend Various times and locations

Faculty SA Nominations

If you are a current USD faculty member who would like to nominate a student to be a Scholastic Assistant please fill out the SA/TSA Nominations form.