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:

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, the Office of 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.
  • This year's theme for SOUL recruitment is "SOUL-hearted" (think about being a SOUL as a wholehearted experience). In addition to being a fun play on words, the theme also encompasses what it means to be a SOUL; devoted, flexible, engaging, and a collaborative team member. As a SOUL, a significant part of your role would include supporting new students as they transition to Miami University through small groups, individual meetings, and facilitating orientation and Welcome Weekend programs. Consider the SOUL recruitment theme. Share about a specific time when you dedicated yourself to an experience that ended up being a meaningful life experience. Then (without needing intimate knowledge of what the day-to-day SOUL experience includes), share how you hope to invest in and support new Miami students as a SOUL.


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. Recommendation forms must be submitted by the application deadline. If you are applying for the priority deadline, recommendations must be received by by 8:00am EST on Monday, November 23, 2020. Applicants applying by the regular application timeline should have their letters submitted by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, January 10, 2021.

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.

SOUL Application