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Orientation Leader Application Information

Click Here to Submit An Orientation Leader Application. Deadline: Midnight on September 26

What Is An Orientation Leader?

The goal of an Orientation Leader is to convey important information about UNCW and assist new students and their families with the transition into UNCW. As an Orientation Leader, you will ensure that the Orientation Program is beneficial, exciting, and educational in its content and presentation. There are three roles on the OL team: Orientation Coordinator, Orientation Leader Council, and first-year Orientation Leaders (OL). The OL position is an outstanding opportunity for students interested in enhancing their leadership skills and for those interested in sharing their passion for UNCW.


Orientation Leaders will:

  • Serve as a role model to new students
  • Assist new students and their guests with their adjustment to the Seahawk community
  • Facilitate small groups to help new students connect with each other 
  • Give presentations about campus resources, services and programs
  • Share their experiences with new students and their guests
  • Give campus tours to help introduce new students to the campus during orientation
  • Assist with the preparation of orientation including setup, cleanup, material preparation, etc. 
  • Reach out to new students and respond to questions, concerns, and sensitive issues of new students and their guests
  • Attend all meetings, training, and orientation sessions

Eligibility & Qualifications

To be eligible to serve the Seahawk community as an Orientation Leader, you must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time UNCW undergraduate student at the time of application
  • Maintain an overall and semester GPA of 2.5
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university
  • Be available for ALL Orientation Leader meetings and trainings 
  • Be available to work required orientation sessions 
  • Have a willingness and be able to fulfill all the responsibilities of an orientation leader
  • Return to UNCW as a full-time student in fall 2023

Selection Process

Orientation Leader (OL) Application Instructions

Applications for the 2023 OL team will be open from August 30-September 26, 2022. The application includes the application form, supplemental essay questions, and an agreement to authorize the Assistant Director of Transition Programs to verify your academic and disciplinary standing. 

Individual Interview Information

If you are selected to move on to the interview stage, you will receive an email with instructions about how to sign up for your interview. During this stage, you will meet with an Orientation Leadership Team member(s) and the Assistant Director of Transition Programs. If you are unable to attend an interview at one of the available times, contact the Assistant Director of Transition Programs, Kenyetta Corley, at

Important Dates

The following dates and times are subject to change. However, the dates below can provide an example of the requirements and general time commitment.

2023 Meetings & Training

  • Orientation Leader Retreat: November 5
  • Spring Meetings: Weekly on Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. (January 18-April 26)
  • SROW Preparation: February 19 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • SROW Regional Conference: March 10-12 (tentative)
  • Summer Training: May 14-26 (weekdays only, excluding Memorial Day)

2023 Orientation 

  • June 1-30, Sunday-Thursday (tentative)
  • August 16-22 (tentative) 

Benefits & Compensation

Orientation Leaders gain significant leadership experiences, develop professional relationships with faculty, staff, and students, learn to effectively facilitate small groups, and improve their communication skills. Orientation Leaders receive $8/hour for summer training and orientation sessions or approximately $2200 for the entire experience (summer training and orientation sessions). OLs receive on-campus housing during training and June orientation sessions, meals during orientation sessions, and a uniform with the exception of bottoms. OLs must purchase bottoms (pants or shorts) to be worn during orientation. 

Click Here to Submit An Orientation Leader Application. Deadline: Midnight on September 26