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Orientation Leader

Becoming a Leader

As you think back to when you first moved onto campus, you might remember a sea of orange shirts welcoming and cheering you on. The enthusiastic orientation leaders helped you feel at home and made your move onto campus all the easier. If you're interested in providing that same experience to the incoming first-year and transfer students, consider applying to serve as an orientation leader. There are approximately 100 positions available. 

Please note: Due to schedule conflicts, you are unable to participate as an OL if you are selected for the following positions: RA, SLA, Student Programming Board, SGA Executive Board, SWAB Executive Board, and ICC Executive Board.


  • Must have a GPA of 2.0 or above
  • Must be in good standing with the university (not on academic or disciplinary probation)
  • Must be studying on the Malibu Campus for the fall semester
  • Return to campus on Thursday, August 8 at 2 PM for training prior to New Student Orientation
  • Available for all of training (Thursday, August 8 – Saturday, August 10) and New Student Orientation (Monday,  August 12 – Friday,  August 16)


  • Help new students move into on-campus housing
  • Answer parent and students questions
  • Assist new students and families around campus
  • Lead small group activities with new students
  • Keep the flow of the orientation schedule 
  • Be a friendly face and positive presence 
  • Support NSO team in other duties as assigned


  • Two orientation leader shirts 
  • Meals during training and orientation 
  • Early access to on-campus housing (if you have an agreement for the Fall Semester)
  • Leadership opportunity
  • Build community prior to the start of the academic year
  • Serve your peers

Dates and Deadlines

Applications Open Monday, March 11
Application Deadline EXTENDED 
Interviews Week of June 4 - Week of June 24
OL Training Thursday,  August 8 (2 PM) – Saturday, August 10
New Student Orientation Monday, August 12 – Friday, August 16


Apply Now

There are three steps to follow when applying to be an Orientation Leader (OL):

  1. Fill out the online application by clicking the button below. The application includes signing up for an OL interview.
  2. Obtain a faculty/staff recommendation (by sending this webpage to your faculty/staff recommender and directing them to the "Recommendation Form" button below OR sending the recommender this link:
  3. Complete a 10-minute OL interview, which will take place in person or on Zoom. OL interview sign-ups are included in the OL Application form.

An application and faculty/staff recommendation are required.