Submit an Application

“The most important experience for me as an SCA was creating a sense of intellectual community and belonging among the students in my seminar. ”


  1. Review the description of The SCA Position to learn about the exciting opportunity and see if you are eligible and able to commit. Graduate students, be sure to read this addendum. Questions? email
  2. Decide which course(s) to apply to.  You may apply to a maximum of two courses. If selected by both faculty, you will be placed with the course you ranked first. (Some courses recruit SCAs directly and will not display in the VCASCS system as they do not accept applications, including: The Face of Battle. )
  3. All seminars require you respond to the four standard questions below. Some courses may include additional questions set by the faculty. We recommend that you draft answers outside of the VCA and then copy and paste (you can use this link to start drafting in a google doc). If you have technical problems at the midnight deadline, you can email your application answers to directly. Be sure to check the VCA for seminar-specific questions!
  4. Submit a PDF of your unofficial transcript via the link provided for each course, no later than the application deadline.

Application Questions

Replies are typically 1-2 solid paragraphs300 words is more than sufficient and many strong answers will be shorter than that. (You can use this link to begin drafting in a google doc)

  • Statement of Purpose: Why do you want to serve in this Sophomore College Assistant position?
  • Academic Experience: Describe any experience you have had which would prepare you to serve as an academic mentor to students in this Sophomore College class. Include your background in the course topic and any teaching experience.
  • Other Experience: Describe any experiences which prepare you to act as a SoCo Resident Assistant, who is expected to develop class community, organize activities, and respond to difficulties.
  • SCAs are role models to the students who participate. In this unusual year, that means you will need to guide students in COVID and social distancing precautions, although we do not yet know what regulations will be in effect in September. We are committed to ensuring you have appropriate guidance and support as SoCo staff. If you have any concerns, please feel free to share them here.
  • There may be additional Seminar-Specific Questions posted in the VCASCS system—be sure to check for them.


Coterms should use the link above; master's or doctoral students need to use this link for an application webform.

Grad Students Apply Here 

Mark Your Calendar

Student Staff Application Period: Due on Wednesday, May 19 (system closes 11:59pm).  If you have technical problems at the midnight deadline, you can email your application answers to directly.

Student Staff Application Status Available: TBD (you will receive an email announcing that status has been released in the VCASCS. Waiting to hear about coterm or RA applications? Those decisions are usually released a few days earlier.)

Student Staff Commitment Deadline: TBD (system closes 11:59pm)

Spring/Summer Virtual Trainings: TBD. Expect a Faculty/SCA Orientation in mid-June.

Spring Class Meeting (Faculty to determine date, time, location): mid-June

Arrive on Campus for SCA Training: TBD but absolutely no later than Saturday, 28 August, 2021. Typically we would bring people as early as Wednesday 25 August, but with our new zoom skills, we can probably replace some of that time with virtual training.