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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.

2017-2018 Applications are now closed.
We encourage you to fill out this interest form and apply next year.

There are two options to submit the 2018 OL application.

  1. Submit the application via WaveLink. See detailed instructions under the Application Process.
  2. Submit the application via PDF. Click here to access 2018 OL Application PDF

If you have trouble accessing the online application, complete and email the PDF version to


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 2018
  • 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 (each OL is guaranteed 190 hours) plus all expenses paid to SROW in Orlando, FL, 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 the OL.

Supplemental Questions and References

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. Describe your UNCW experience thus far. What makes this experience unique?

2. Describe your orientation experience. What do you think you can do to make orientation memorable?

3. Please list any UNCW clubs/organizations you have participated in and the years of involvement. What role(s) have you played in these organizations? Freshman may include clubs from their senior year. Transfer students may include clubs from their previous institutions.


Each applicant will have to submit contact information for two references. One must be a UNCW Faculty or Staff member.