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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. Orientation Leaders ensure that the Orientation Program is beneficial, exciting, and educational in it's content and presentation.

2019 OL Application - click here

Submit the application via WaveLink. Detailed instructions are available under the Application Process. Applicants who submit their application by the priority deadline of October 24 will begin individual interviews on October 26. Applications must be submitted by November 1, 2018. 

Supplemental Questions

In order to complete the online application, you will need to answer supplemental questions and upload them when you submit your application. Supplemental questions should be saved as a PDF or Word document. Save the file as "your name OL Application" (i.e. Sammy Seahawk OL Application). There is no minimum or maximum length to answer the questions.

  1. Explain why you want to become an orientation leader including what excites and concerns your about being an Orientation Leader.
  2. Describe your UNCW orientation experience and how you would make orientation a positive experience for a freshmen and transfer students.

If you have trouble accessing the online application, email


Orientation Leaders will:

  • Participating in all Orientation events and training sessions
  • Facilitating the adjustment of new students and their parents to our campus and community
  • Explaining academic opportunities and procedures
  • Acquainting new students with the campus services and building locations
  • Preparing orientation materials (stuffing envelopes, making bags, etc.)
  • Assisting with course registration
  • Responding to questions, concerns, and sensitive issues of students, families & guests

Eligibility & Qualifications

  • Must have a willingness to reach out to new students
  • Must return full time in fall 2019
  • Must have at least a 2.5 GPA and be in good disciplinary standing
  • Must have an open mind and a positive attitude
  • Must be committed to the Orientation Team
  • Must be a role model
  • Must be able to work with a diverse group of people


There are many benefits for students who pursue an Orientation Leader position. Most importantly, OL's gain significant leadership experiences, develop professional relationships with faculty, staff and students, and acquire effective communication skills. OLs will receive $7.25/hour plus all expenses paid conference to the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop at Coastal Carolina University, lodging during May training and June Orientation, meals during Orientation, a t-shirt, a jacket, and 2 polo shirts.

Khaki pants or shorts must be purchased by each Orientation Leader.