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 Role Descriptions and 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 9 at 11:59 p.m.
  3. Sign up for a Scholastic Assistant Interview.
    • SA Interviews must be signed up for by Sunday, February 9 at 11:59 p.m. 
    • Interviews will be conducted on Thursday, February 20 and Saturday, February 22 throughout the day in various locations.
    • You will receive an email from Scholastic Chair, Allison Lu, 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 Allison Lu, 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, Allison Lu, at or the LLC Team at with any questions about the application process or requirements about the Scholastic Assistant role.

Important Dates for Prospective SAs

Calendar of important dates for prospective SAs.
Date Event Location
Tuesday, January 28 to Thursday, February 6 SA Informational Sessions *Must attend for application to be complete Various times and locations
Sunday, February 9 SA Applications and Interview Sign-Ups Due Electronic submissions are due by 11:59 p.m.
Thursday, February 20 and Saturday, February 22 SA Interviews Various locations and times
Early March SA Applicants Notified of Decision Email notification to USD email address
Sunday, March 15 Deadline to Accept SA Position Before 11:59 p.m., via email
Tuesday, April 14 Student Leader Welcome Lunch  and Training  12 to 2 p.m., in UC Forum C
Friday, May 1 LLC Theme Team Training 1:30 to 4 p.m. in various locations

Sunday, August 16 through Thursday, August 27

SA Leadership Training Various times and locations
Saturday, August 29 through Tuesday, September 1  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 Nominations form.