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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.


Orientation Leaders will:

  • Participate in all Orientation events and training sessions
  • Facilitate the adjustment of new students and their parents to our campus and community
  • Explain academic opportunities and procedures
  • Acquaint new students with the campus services and building locations
  • Prepare orientation materials (stuffing envelopes, making bags, etc.)
  • Assist with course registration
  • Respond 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.