Become an Orientation Leader for 2019-2020!

What is an Orientation Leader?

2017 Orientation Leader Team photo

An Orientation Leader (OL) is an ambassador for Syracuse Welcome to help incoming students transition to Syracuse University. They assist with move-in, help facilitate large scale events, and serve as a resource for all Orientation and Syracuse related questions. Orientation Leaders must work well in a team, possess strong communication skills, be responsible, punctual, and enthusiastic about SU. OLs cannot be Resident Advisors (RAs), Dean’s Team Members or Peer Advisors due to the conflicting time commitments. Orientation Leaders are also expected to come back to campus early to receive training.

Orientation leaders have to meet a minimum set of requirements in order to be offered a position. Each applicant must:

  • Be a full-time Syracuse University undergraduate student
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, which must be held through the Spring and Summer semesters
  • Be in good judicial standing

Questions? Email Butch Hallmark at

Spring 2019 Recruitment Dates

Tuesday, January 15 —Applications available online

Thursday, February 7 —Application and reference form submitted online no later than 4pm

Sunday, February 10 —Group Interview Process 1-4pm (mandatory for all candidates)

Monday, February 11 - Friday, February 15 —Individual Interviews conducted (if selected)

Friday, February 22 —Decision letters emailed to candidates

Applications are now available!

Due February 7th at 4pm

Orientation Leader Application

Please submit a completed application form and one completed reference form to the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs (FYTP) by 4pm on Thursday, February 7. It is your responsibility to follow up with your reference to ensure the reference form has been submitted to FYTP. Contact Butch Hallmark at or 315-443-1012 if you have any questions.

Orientation Leader Reference Form

It is recommended that people who are familiar with the applicant's work habits and abilities in the university setting (i.e. supervisor, faculty, staff, resident advisors, organization leaders) complete a reference on their behalf.  The applicant is responsible for ensuring one completed reference form is submitted to the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs by 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 7.

This form should be completed by the Orientation Leader applicant's reference only.