Orientation Leaders

OL Group Photo

Orientation Leaders (OLs) are a team of dedicated undergraduate students whose primary responsibility is to assist new students and their families with their transition into the NC State community and Wolfpack family. They serve as resources, facilitators, and official representatives of the University during Orientation and transition programs. Applications for 2021 Orientation Leaders are now closed.

To help aid applicants with preparation for what the role will entail, this website contains a description of responsibilities and expectations for both a virtual and in-person orientation program. Make sure you read through this entire application website thoroughly.

All interested applicants will also be required to review the recorded information session about the role prior submitting their application to learn more about the application process and the expectations of the role.

The Orientation Leader role will provide you with the opportunity to learn more about yourself and your personal values, challenge yourself, and most importantly aid new students in their transition to North Carolina State University. We are excited you are considering making this role a part of your NC State experience.

Meet the Orientation Leaders

Applications for 2021 Orientation Leaders are now closed.


Let’s hear from the OLumni!

“Being an Orientation Leader was an incredible professional experience for me! I gained so much confidence in my self and in my abilities while also having a lot of fun. This has definitely been my most memorable job experience yet!!”

  • Samantha Temucin, Senior in Human Biology

“Being an OL has allowed me to connect to the Wolfpack family in ways that I cannot describe. To work with a team of people who want to see you grow as a leader and as an individual was something that I enjoyed the most during my time as an OL.During the summer, it was a wonderful opportunity to connect with incoming students and families to help them transition into college life. I feel even more connected to the NC State community than ever before.”

  • Jay Jones, Sophomore in Nuclear Engineering

“I learned so much about myself and about the university, and I gained another family in the other 34 OLs that I worked with all summer long.”

  • Emma Carter, Sophomore in Graphic Design

“Being an OL gave me experience working with a diverse group of individuals and cohesive team. I also was able to hone my customer service skills by working with many different students and guests daily.”

  • Justin Peterkin, Sophomore in Business Administration (from Exploratory Studies)

“I think people should be OLs because it provides an opportunity to overall increase your confidence in public speaking, delivering information, and being a resource for others.”

  • Madissen Keys, Sophomore in Psychology

“You should apply for this position because you’re going to have an experience of a lifetime. I’ve gained so much personal and professional development from this job like confidence and how to be a leader.”

  • Stephy Lee, Sophomore in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

“I am so glad I applied for this position! I made great friends, created awesome new experiences, and added to my Wolfpack Family with the #NSPFam!”

  • Ashley Nelson, Sophomore in Biological Sciences

“Being an OL taught me patience and compassion for all kinds of people. I realized how much I enjoy meeting new people and learning about their unique experiences. I grew a lot this summer and became very patient and empathetic, but I also had a blast with 34 new friends!”

  • Hannah Summers, Sophomore in Chemical Engineering

“You get to keep the polos… forever.”

  • Sam Thornton, Sophomore in Physics

Questions? Email New Student Programs at new-students@ncsu.edu