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What is an Orientation Leader?

Orientation Leaders (OLs) are a team of dedicated and diverse undergraduate students whose primary responsibility is to assist new students and their families with their transition into the NC State community and Wolfpack family. They serve as resources, mentors, and official representatives of the University during summer and early fall orientation and transition programs. 


The following is a summary of the significant expectations for which OLs are responsible:

Assistance to Students

  • Welcome new students and family members to the university and assist them in the initial orientation check-in process.
  • Be accessible and willing to assist with any information needs of students and family members throughout each orientation session, including the evening/night hours.
  • Prepare and conduct well-organized and thorough small group meetings for new students.
  • Become familiar with the different needs of first-year students, transfer students, and new family members and consider these differences in working with each population during the Orientation program.
  • Assist students with navigating MyPack Portal during the course registration process.
  • Develop a positive rapport with new students and their families.
  • Serve as an academic and social role model.

Educational Duties

  • Complete all class requirements for the spring training course.
  • Communicate information to students and family members about academic services, campus resources, and student engagement opportunities.
  • Educate students and family members about University expectations by explaining university policies and procedures.
  • Lead campus tours to acclimate students and families to the physical campus.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Attend all staff training sessions and meetings.
  • Arrive to campus in time to begin Summer Training and remain after Summer Orientation sessions are finished to complete necessary tasks.
  • Efficiently complete all logistical tasks as requested by the Orientation professional staff and Student Coordinators to ensure the Orientation program proceeds smoothly and effectively.
  • Maintain regular communications with the professional staff and Student Coordinators and alert them to situations that warrant attention or action.
  • With a positive attitude, participate in all assigned duties of Orientation fully and take initiative with unanticipated tasks or problems.
  • Assist presenters and/or participants at various programs, meetings, and activities throughout Orientation.
  • Remain flexible at all times. Changes to the program schedule or logistics may occur at any time.
  • Be supportive of all Orientation staff members.
  • Complete all staff assignments and evaluation reports.


Important Employment Dates:

Spring Training Course (USC 223, 2 credit hours): Spring 2014, Tu/Th 3:00p.m.- 4:15p.m.
Staff Retreat: Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8:00a.m. - Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 5:00p.m.
Summer Training: June 14, 2014 - June 22, 2014
New Student Orientation: June 23, 2014 - August 1, 2014, and August 14-15, 2014
Wolfpack Welcome Week: 5 hours of work assisting at events that will take place from August 16-23, 2014