General Information

About the Montana State University Office of 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. 

Qualifications to be an Orientation Leader:

  • Must commit to attend all Orientation sessions (inclusive of Sunday night trainings). Dates are listed below.
  • Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University.
  • Must have and maintain a minimum 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 and strong work ethic and be willing to work the expected and unexpected hours necessary to implement New Student Orientation programs.
  • 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.

Expectations of Orientation Leaders:

  • 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 Associate 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 register for and attend HLD 460, a course that meets weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30 – 6:00 pm during the Spring semester.
  • Orientation Leaders will be present for ALL Orientation Sessions.
  • Orientation Leaders will stay on campus with their Orientation groups throughout the duration of the Orientation program (Sunday - Wednesday).
  • Orientation Leaders will guide groups of incoming students throughout the Orientation program offering while exercising mentorship, leadership, and group management skills.
  • Orientation Leaders will abide by the dress code, which will be covered during HLD 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.

Why Apply?

  • Build leadership and communication skills.
  • Learn more about campus resources and services.
  • Meet other students from across campus.
  • Stick around Bozeman for the summer!
  • Connect with MSU Faculty and Staff.
  • Get paid!



Leaders will participate in a training course during spring semesters.  HLD 460, a two-credit class, meets twice a week, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is required of all leaders.

During the HLD 460 course, students will learn all necessary information required to perform as an Orientation Leader. This includes information regarding academics and course registration, campus resources, student mentorship and development, University practices and more.



Orientation Sessions

Session 1: Monday - Wednesday, June 10-12, 2024 

Session 2: Monday - Wednesday, June 24-26, 2024

Session 3: Monday – Wednesday, July 15-17, 2024  

Session 4: Sunday - Tuesday, August 18-20, 2024 




Orientation Leaders will be compensated $550 per summer Orientation session (June & July sessions) and $350 per fall Orientation session (August). Students will also be awarded two 400-level credits for completing the HLD 460 course. In addition to course credit and payment, students benefit from incentives such as free t-shirts, free meals, campus swag and more.



Application and Interview Process

The deadline to become a 2024 Orientation Leader has passed. If you still have an interest or any questions regarding the position, please email Shannon Bangen at [email protected].

New Orientation Leaders

Returning Orientation Leaders/Orientation Coordinator


Frequently Asked Questions

We strongly encourage applicants to review summer availability and commit to all Orientation sessions. If you are concerned about your availability or would like to discuss further, please email the Director of Orientation, Shannon Bangen at [email protected]
We require all Orientation Leaders to take the spring semester training course in order to serve as an Orientation Leader over the summer.


Contact Shannon Bangen at (406) 994-2453 or [email protected].