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). 2022 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 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 during the Spring semester.
  • Orientation Leaders will be present for ALL Orientation Sessions.
  • 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.




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: Sunday, June 12—Wednesday, June 15

Session 2: Sunday, June 26—Wednesday, June 29 

Session 3: Sunday, July 10—Wednesday, July 13

Session 4: Saturday, August 20—Tuesday, August 23




Orientation Leaders will be compensated $450 per summer Orientation session (June & July sessions) and $250 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

Returning Orientation Leaders/Orientation Coordinator

Returning Orientation Leader/Orientation Coordinator applications are now closed. Please email Shannon Bangen at [email protected] if you have any questions.

New Orientation Leaders

Orientation Leader applications are now closed. Please email Shannon Bangen at [email protected] if you have any questions.




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