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Orientation Leaders (OLs)

The Orientation Leader application is currently closed. Please check back in September 2018 for information about how to join the 2019 OL team.

There are two steps to apply:

Step 1: Application

Step 2: Reference Form

Application Questions

Join the OL Team Today!

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Position Details:

  • Positively represent the student experience at TXST
  • Maintain a professional demeanor: take initiative, follow instructions, remain flexible, be punctual
  • Lead student group discussions pertaining to TXST policies, resources, and environment
  • Give brief campus tours and highlight aspects of campus life
  • Meet, greet, and mingle with new students, parents, and guests
  • Provide assistance with course availability and registration
  • Assemble program materials and assist with the check-in process
  • Draw from personal experience to answer questions that pertain to TXST with a positive attitude and demeanor
  • Work extended hours in the summer heat during each program, including early mornings and late nights
  • Assist with the required overnight residence hall experience
  • Multitask: lift, carry and sort boxes and paper, while guiding participants and assisting fellow team members with assigned duties
  • Answer repetitive questions and maintain a positive attitude and demeanor

To apply for an OL position, you must:

  • Have attended Texas State for two long semesters (fall and spring) before summer 2018 begins
  • Have a 2.5 Texas State GPA at point of hire and maintain it throughout the year
  • Be in good academic standing with Texas State
  • Be enrolled as a Texas State student for the spring 2018 and fall 2018 semesters
  • Be able to lift boxes up to 30 pounds and move materials around campus
  • Be able to give presentations to small and large groups
  • Live in a residence hall during summer NSO sessions
  • Not be enrolled in summer courses
  • Be able to attend mandatory training in spring 2018 semester from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Fridays
  • Be available to attend mandatory summer training and all assigned NSO programs from May 22 - July 27, 2018
  • Other duties as assigned

OLs develop valuable resume skills such as:

  • Gain leadership experience
  • Manage group activities and settings
  • Improve public speaking and presentation skills
  • Provide exceptional customer service experience
  • Lead thousands of new students in their transition to Texas State
  • Learn crisis and conflict management skills
  • Handle multiple projects and tasks simultaneously
  • Develop excellent time management
  • Work with a variety of diverse departments across campus


  • $8.25 per hour, with eligibility for overtime in the summer
  • Housing for the summer months, while NSO is in session
  • Meals provided for one-day sessions
  • A supplementary meal plan, which includes Meal Trades and Dining Dollars
  • Access to the Student Recreation Center


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Have Questions?

New Student Orientation email:

New Student Orientation Office phone: 512.245.2364