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). See dates 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 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 register for and attend HLD 460, a course that meets weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30 – 6:00 pm (Blended Format for Spring 2021).
  • Orientation Leaders will be present for ALL Orientation Sessions listed below.
  • 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.

 

Training

Leaders will participate in a training course during spring semester 2021.  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. This course will be offered in a blended format for Spring 2021.

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

Please note that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, dates are currently under review and may change.

 

Payment

Student will be compensated $300 per summer Orientation session (June & July) and $200 per fall Orientation session (August). Students will also be awarded 400-level credit 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.

 

Interview Process

Please submit your application to Shannon Bangen at [email protected]. Shannon will contact you with the virtual interview login information.

Orientation Leader applications are now due by Friday, December 4th at 12:00 pm. Earlier application submissions are appreciated.

Virtual Interview Times:

  • Monday, November 23 from 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Monday, November 30 from 9:30-10:30 am
  • Wednesday, December 2 from 11:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Friday, December 4 from 1:30-2:30 pm

 

 

Apply Now

Orientation Leaders (New Leaders)

To complete the application process, you must complete the following by Friday, December 4th at 12:00pm:

  • Complete the application available below
  • Describe your Orientation experience on a separate page
  • Submit a letter of recommendation
  • Sign-up for a group interview time

Please submit your application materials to Shannon Bangen at [email protected]. Shannon will contact you with the virtual interview login information.

The application is now closed for the 2020-2021 school year.

Orientation Leaders (Returning Leaders)

To complete the application process, you must complete the following by Friday, December 4th at 12:00pm:

  • Complete the application available below
  • Submit the Returning Orientation Leader reflection
  • Sign-up for a group interview time

Please submit your application materials to Shannon Bangen at [email protected]. Shannon will contact you with the virtual interview login information.

The application is now closed for the 2020-2021 school year.
 


Questions? We're here to help.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us! You can email our staff at [email protected], or call us Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm MT at 1-888-MSU-CATS.