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Transfer Student Leader (TSL)

Transfer Student Leaders (TSLs) assist Orientation staff in leading Transfer Orientation and transfer welcome programs. In this role, TSLs answer questions and address concerns from transfer students and their guests, facilitate campus tours, participate in panel discussions, and host students and lead sessions during transfer welcome programs. By working in a team, TSLs develop invaluable leadership and communication experience.

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Please note: This position was formerly known as Transfer Student Ambassador (TSA) but has undergone a name change for the 2018 year. 


TSLs will assist the OTE professional staff with Transfer Orientation and transfer welcome programs. They will:

  • Address questions and concerns from transfer students’ and their guests
  • Facilitate campus tours (East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul)
  • Participate in panel discussions and lead workshops
  • Perform various duties as assigned throughout Transfer Orientation
  • Host students and lead sessions during Welcome Week Transfer Track (Summer) and Transfer Welcome Day (January)


The minimum qualifications for TSLs are:

  • Undergraduate transfer students 
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA and good disciplinary standing
  • Knowledge of the U of M transfer process
  • A positive attitude about the U of M transfer experience 
  • Willingness to learn and collaborate on a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Reliability, responsibility, maturity and a proven willingness to help new students

The ideal candidate has the ability to work with individuals from various backgrounds, is customer-service focused, has knowledge of the transfer process, is able to handle multiple tasks, can work in high stress situations, demonstrate flexibility, and has creative problem-solving skills.

What do past TSLs have to say about the position? 

"Being a [TSL] has made the biggest impact on my experience here at the U. As a leader I have learned to step outside my comfort zone in order to help incoming transfer students feel at ease during their transition. Being a [TSL] is an unforgettable experience knowing the impact our team has on transfer students and working with a team that has become family." - Alex, 2017 TSL

Time Commitment

Date(s) Program/Event Hours
February 13, 2019 Application Due 11:59 p.m.
February 21 and 22 Interviews  
February 26 Notification  

March 2, 2019

TSL Kickoff Meeting/Retreat 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

March 5, 2019
March 13, 2019 (3:30-7:30 p.m.)
March 26, 2019
April 9, 2019
April 16, 2019

Spring Trainings 5:00-8:00 p.m. (except 3/13)
July 8-12 Summer Training 9:00a.m.-7:00 p.m. daily

July 16 - 19, 2019
July 22 - 23, 2019
August 15 - 16, 2019
August 19 - 20, 2019
August 28, 2019

Transfer Orientation Rotating Shifts between 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
August 22-23, 2019 Welcome Week Transfer Track Training TBD
August 28- September 1 Welcome Week Transfer Track TBD

January 9 - 10, 2020
January 13 - 14, 2020
January 16 - 17, 2020

Transfer Orientation Rotating shifts between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
January 24, 2020 Transfer Welcome Day TBD
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