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Transfer Student Leader (TSL)

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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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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, 2019 TSL

Time Commitment

Date(s) Program/Event Hours
February 12, 2020 Application Due 11:59 p.m.
February 20 and 24 Interviews  
February 26 Notification  

February 29, 2020

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

March 5, 2020

March 18, 2020

March 26, 2020

April 9, 2020

April 16, 2020

Spring Trainings

All Dates 4:00-6:00 p.m. 

Except March 18, 3:30pm-6:00pm

July 7-10, 2020 Summer Training 9:00a.m.-7:00 p.m. daily

July 14 - 22, 2020
August 21, 24, and 25 2020

September 2, 2020

Transfer Orientation Rotating Shifts between 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
August 30-31, 2020 Welcome Week Transfer Track Training TBD
September 1-7, 2020 Welcome Week Transfer Track TBD

January 2021

Dates to be Determined

Transfer Orientation Rotating shifts between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
January 24, 2021 Transfer Welcome Day TBD
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