Application

Thank you so much for your interest in the Student Orientation Undergraduate Leader (SOUL) position. Before applying, please be sure to read the following information:

Apply for the SOUL Position

Our goal throughout the SOUL application and selection process is to learn about you and your unique qualities so that we can select a team that best represents the Miami community and values. Please consider this goal as you complete the SOUL application. The application includes the following sections & questions:

Personal and Academic Information

  • In this section, you will be asked to provide contact information and academic information (e.g. pronouns, major, graduation year). 

Campus Involvement

  • In the campus involvement section, you will be asked to provide information about meaningful involvement you have had at Miami (it's okay if you're just starting to get involved!), and we will ask you to upload a resume or activity sheet.

Conditions of Employment

  • In the conditions of employment section, you will be asked to agree to the SOUL position requirements outlined in the SOUL position description

Short Answer Responses

In the short section, our goal is to get to know more about you and what's important to you. Please answer each question as honestly and authentically as possible.  Please thoughtfully and thoroughly consider each question. We highly recommend working on your application via Word or Google document before you submit it via our online form. This year's short answer questions are:  

  • What motivates you to apply for the SOUL position? What are you hoping to gain? What characteristics and experiences make you unique?
  • Describe a significant learning experience that has challenged you. How would you apply the knowledge gained from this experience to being a SOUL?
  • Miami University, Orientation and Transition Programs, and the SOUL program value diversity and inclusion. What do the terms diversity and inclusion mean to you? Please be specific and share a story that exemplifies these words.
  • As part of the application process, the Orientation and Transition Programs team wants to get to know you as best we can. We also value authenticity and storytelling; as a SOUL you would share your story and ideas with others frequently, often with the need to be succinct. Describe yourself as fully and accurately as possible in the 280 character limit of a tweet.

Recommendation Forms

You will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of two people who can serve as references for you. Your references will be asked to fill out a recommendation form on your behalf. Specifically, references will be asked to comment on their experience with you in the following areas: attitude, authenticity, relationship building, and integrity, professionalism, and maturity.

You should contact your references before submitting your SOUL application so that they have ample time to consider your candidacy and because each of your references will receive an automatic email from Orientation and Transition Programs once you submit your application. It is also good professional practice to ask any references if they're able to serve as a positive reference ahead of submitting any application.

While your references will receive a link to the electronic form from Orientation and Transition Programs, it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure submission from their references. Your references do not need to wait for an email from OTP to fill out the recommendation form; they can do so anytime by visiting the recommendation form submission page (available beginning October 15). Recommendation forms must be submitted by the application deadline. If you are applying for the priority deadline, recommendations must be received by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, November 28, 2021. Applicants applying on the regular application timeline should have their letters submitted by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, January 9, 2022.

Information for OTP

To help us better understand where SOUL applicants learn about the SOUL position, the last section of the SOUL application will ask you to let us know where you learned about the SOUL position. We'll use this information for recruitment purposes in future years.

Apply for the SOUL Position


Orientation and Transition Programs is committed to providing an accessible SOUL recruitment process. OTP works collaboratively with The Miller Center for Student Disability Services in coordinating accommodations to enable full participation in the SOUL recruitment and application experience. To request disability related accommodations please contact Alexis Roach, Assistant Director of Orientation and Transition Programs.