TSM - Become a Transfer Student Mentor

Transfer Student Mentors (TSMs) work closely with transfer students to help them throughout their transition and college experience at Appalachian and help with Orientation and Transfer Pre-Orientation (T-POP) sessions, support transfer programming, serve as a mentor to new and incoming students, and create a welcoming environment for transfer students at Appalachian.  TSMs develop leadership and mentorship skills through service learning. 

Applicants must:

  • Have transferred to Appalachian State from another college or university
  • Attend weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 5:00 PM during the fall and spring semesters
  • Attend a two day training before the fall semester, and an afternoon training session before the spring semester
  • Mentors help with Orientations scheduled during the summer session
  • Mentors must be available for Orientation and welcome weekend prior to the start of each semester
  • Exhibit strong leadership potential and experience
  • Be in good academic standing with the University and maintain a GPA average of 2.5 or higher (for any first semester student offered a position, the position will be contingent upon first semester grades)
  • Be in good judicial standing with the University

Time Commitment:

Time commitment is heaviest at the beginning of each semester, when mentors attend trainings, assist with new student Orientation, and host welcome events. Mentors are not required to be at every single transfer event. Event sign-ups happen at the beginning of the semester. After welcome events, the time commitment is usually 1-3 hours a week.

Important Dates:

March 5 - Info Table in Plemmons Student Union (Cascades foyer) from 1-3pm

March 18 - Application opens

March 28 - Info Table in Plemmons Student Union (Cascades foyer) from 10am to 12pm

April 5 - Application closes 

April 10 - Social Interview at 5pm

April 15 to 18 - Individual Interviews 

TSM Retreat/Training will be held in August (an online training course will be completed before TSM Retreat)

TSMs will be expected to attend and help out at one or more of the Summer Orientations (if you live or are working out of state all sumer, you can talk to the TSM advisors)  - the dates are: May 31, June 7, June 28, July 11, and August 12

In order to officially be considered a TSM candidate, applicants must attend BOTH the Social Interview and Individual Interview. 

Email questions to tsm@appstate.edu or call 828-262-7877.