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Office of Orientation and Transition Programs

The Office of Orientation and Transition Programs offers programs and events that introduce incoming students at the Mount to each other, the campus and the local community. We serve as a resource for new and transitioning services and provide leadership opportunities for current students.

Apply to be an Orientation Leader

Orientation Leaders serve as the primary resource for new students and their families during New Student Orientation in June and August, and play a key part in welcoming new students to the Mount community.

About the Position

During New Student Orientation, the Orientation Leaders strive to build relationships with our new students as well as provide any insights and knowledge about the Mount. The Orientation Leaders are role models for our new students. As a result of training, the Orientation Leaders are prepared to answer any questions new students and families might have.

Serving as an Orientation Leader is a rewarding and enjoyable experience with a substantial amount of responsibility. We are excited for you to potentially join our team and help show our new students why we are Mount proud.


Orientation Leaders must:

  • Be a full time rising sophomore, junior or senior student enrolled at the Mount.
  • Be in good standing with the university both academically and disciplinary. (Students who are on academic or disciplinary probation are not eligible to apply.)
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

General Responsibilities and Expectations

As an Orientation leader, you are expected to:

  • Participate in the June New Student Orientation sessions and August New Student Orientation.
  • Attend at all training sessions.
  • Facilitate activities and discussions with your respective symposium class.
  • Assist with organizational tasks as needed.
  • Serve as a role model and resource for new students.
  • Embody and display the values of Mount St. Mary's University.
  • Promote Mount St. Mary's University in a positive and respectful manner.
  • Be responsible for yourself as well as new students.
  • Follow the rules found in the Mount St. Mary’s University Student Code of Conduct.
  • Not consume alcohol as it is prohibited during training and New Student Orientation.
Students will receive one academic credit for participation in the Orientation Leader program.

Time Commitment

  • March 11-15: Interview Week (mandatory).
  • April 7 from 1-4 p.m.: Training (mandatory).
  • June Orientation (mandatory): Orientation training will be held on June 21-23. The June Orientation programs will be June 24, 26, 28. Orientation Leaders will need to be on campus beginning June 21-28. Housing accommodations and meals will be provided.
  • July 12: Orientation make-up date (optional), August Orientation (mandatory): Orientation training will be held August 12-14.
  • August move-in and orientation will be August 15-18. Orientation Leaders will move in on August 12.

Information Session

We will be offering an information session on Thursday, February 21 at 6 p.m. in the O'Hara Dining Room. Feel free to come by and learn more about the position! We hope to see you there!

Orientation Leader Application

Prior to filling out the application, you must read the Orientation Leader guidelines to be sure you qualify for the position and to ensure your availability for the required dates. Applications are currently closed for this position. 

  • An invitation to interview will be offered on Monday, March 11.
  • Returning Orientation Leader applicants will be offered an invitation for an individual interview to be held during the week of March 11.
  • New Orientation Leader applicants will be offered an invitation for the group process interview to be held on Saturday, March 16.  You will be emailed a specific time and location for the group process interview.