Interested in being a 2016 Orientation Leader?

About Admissions and New Student Programs

The Office of Admissions is engaged in marketing MSU--providing accurate, timely information and programs about Montana State University to prospective undergraduate students/families.  The Office is also responsible for the processing of all undergraduate applications for admission, transfer credit evaluation and new student orientation. Admissions also works with Financial Aid on new student scholarship programs. 

New Student Programs is a subgroup within the Office of Admissions which focuses on delivering services after students have been accepted to Montana State and decided to attend.  It has the primary focus of assisting students and family members in the transition to college at MSU and life in Bozeman. 

To support these programs, Admissions hires Orientation Leaders to help implement and facilitate the various Orientation sessions for freshman, transfer students, veterans and parents.  These positions are a unique opportunity for students to learn more about the office of Admissions and New Student Programs, familiarize themselves with academic resources and advising and learn, in-depth, how to utilize our course registration system, CatCourse. 

We are very proud that the success of our Orientation Program is due in large part to the quality, ability, and dedication of Student Orientation Leaders. Trained in such areas as communication skills, leadership and presentation of factual information, OLs also develop a close working relationship with MSU administrators and faculty while assisting with academic advising and the registration process.

Student Orientation Leaders should be knowledgeable about campus activities, campus life and various services offered by the University.  Each leader must accept the responsibility to attend the Orientation Leader class and to work all sessions.

This page is meant to provide an overview of the position, responsibilities and expectations.  For any further questions, please contact Korrin Engel, Assistant Director of New Student Programs: or 994-2453


New Student Orientation Leader Application:

Returning Student Orientation Leader Application:

Upon submitting an online application, please schedule a GROUP INTERVIEW to take place on Tuesday, November 17th or Wednesday, November 18th.  Interviews can be scheduled in person (SUB 201) or by calling 994.2452 


  • Must commit to attend all Orientation Sessions (inclusive of Sunday night trainings). See dates below.
  • Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university
  • Must have and maintain a minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Must not have conflicting academic or employment commitments that interfere with any aspect of the Orientation Leader position, including being enrolled in Summer Classes
  • Must be committed to making a positive impact on peers, new students and their families.
  • Must possess strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must display a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and be willing to work the expected and unexpected hours necessary to implement New Student Orientations
  • Must display professionalism and school spirit
  • Must role model behavior that is reflective of a campus leader, both in person and through all forms of communication and social media
  • Must be committed to having a new learning experience
  • Must create an inclusive and welcoming environment


  • Orientation Leaders will represent Admissions and Montana State University in a positive manner
  • Orientation Leaders will be on time for all official trainings, programs and activities
  • Under the supervision of the Assistant Director of New Student Programs and Admissions staff members, Orientation Leaders will fulfill the expectations of their position to the best of their ability
  • Orientation Leaders will attend an overnight retreat the weekend of January 22nd-23rd, 2016
  • Orientation Leaders will register for and attend HDCO 460, which will meet weekly on Tuesdays 4:30 pm-7:30 pm
  • Orientation Leaders will be present for ALL Orientation Sessions listed below.
  • Orientation Leaders will abide by the dress code, which will be covered during HDCO 460
  • Orientation Leaders will commit to a high level of personal ethics and responsibility during employment, and as such, will refrain from engaging in romantic relationships with new students or each other, will refrain from consuming alcohol before or during Orientation class, trainings or events, will refrain from illegal behavior, and will not be absent without notice. 


Leaders will participate in a training course spring semester, 2016.  HDCO 460, a two-credit class, meets once a week, from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, and is required of all leaders.  A MANDATORY RETREAT, held from 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2016 to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016, is also part of the training process.

Orientation and Payment

Sunday-Wednesday, June 12 - 15, 2016 (Freshman).                                      $300 for session

Sunday-Wednesday, June 26 - 29, 2016 (Freshman).                                      $300 for session

Sunday-Wednesday, July 10 - 13, 2016 (Freshman).                                       $300 for session

Tuesday-Friday, August 23 - 26, 2016 (Fall Freshman & Transfer).                 $200 for session

Sunday-Tuesday, January 8 - 11, 2017 (Spring Freshman & Transfer).             $70 for session

Information Meetings

There will be 2 information meetings to answer questions about this position and the Orientation Program.

Thursday, November 5 at 6 p.m. in SUB 232

Monday, November 9 at 6:00 p.m. in SUB 232

Application Deadline Friday, November 13th at Noon

New Student Orientation Leader Application:

Returning Student Orientation Leader Application:

Upon submitting an online application, please schedule a GROUP INTERVIEW to take place on Tuesday, November 17th or Wednesday, November 18th.  Interviews can be scheduled in person (SUB 201) or by calling 994.2452