Transfer Scholastic Assistant Program

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The overall purpose of the Transfer Scholastic Assistant (TSA) Program is to foster a successful and positive educational and developmental experience for all transfer students. TSAs are successful continuing students who serve as mentors for new transfer students, helping with both their social and academic transitions. Each TSA is connected to a particular TLC course, and the group of TSAs is seen as a collective resource for the new incoming transfer cohort. They serve as a liaison between transfer students and TLC Faculty, collaborate closely with other TSAs and faculty to put on co-curricular programming, and help new students navigate and find their place at USD.

Apply to be a Transfer Scholastic Assistant!

To apply to be a Transfer Scholastic Assistant, please complete the following steps.

  1. Attend a Student Leader Informational Session.
  2. Review the Transfer Scholastic Assistant (TSA) Role Description, the TLC Theme Description, and the Application Checklist.
  3. Complete and Submit the Student Leader Application.
  4. Sign-up for a TSA Interview.
    • 2020 TSA 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 at various times and locations. You will receive an email from Transfer Chair, Maria Lee, confirming your interview time and location.
  5. Attend your TSA Interview.
    • Bring a copy of your Unofficial Transcript, which can be found on your MySanDiego portal under the My Academics tab, to your interview. On your transcript, next to each course title, write the first and last name of the professor with which you took the course. This will help us place you with a TLC Faculty and/or TLC Course.

If you have questions or would like more information, please email

Important Dates for Prospective TSAs

Timeline for TSA Selection, Recruitment, and Training
Date Event Time/Location
Tuesday, January 28 - Thursday, February 6 TSA Informational Sessions *Must attend to be considered for the TSA role Various times and locations on campus
Sunday, February 9 TSA Applications and Interview Sign-Ups Due Your electronic submissions due by 11:59 p.m.
Thursday, February 20 and Saturday, February 22 TSA Interviews Various times and locations on campus
Early March TSA Applicants Notified of Decision Email notification sent to USD email address
Sunday, March 15 Deadline to Accept TSA Role Your email decision due by 11:59 p.m.
Tuesday, April 14 Student Leader Welcome Lunch and Training  12 - 2 p.m. in UC Forum C
Friday, May 1 Student Leader Training 2 - 4:30 p.m. in various locations on campus

Late August (exact dates TBA)

TSA Leadership Training Various times and locations on campus
Saturday, August 29 - Tuesday, September 1 Transfer Fall Orientation Various times and locations on campus

Faculty TSA Nominations

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