New Student Orientation Programs

UNO Orientation Leaders

The University of New Orleans orientation leaders are here to help you! Whether you are a transfer, freshman, or adult student we can make your adjustment to UNO much smoother.

We are well-informed students that represent the University as a whole and answer any questions that you have. If we don't have the answer we know where you can go to find it! Take some time to meet our staff, see how we define ourselves, and how we operate outside of orientations as a student organization.  Also, if you have any questions feel free to ask an OL!

What is the time commitment of being an OL?

The "orientation season" starts in late November/early December and continues all the way through August. Each winter there is a training session as well as some freshmen, transfer and international orientations. In the spring, OLs hold a spring invitational for select high school seniors and participate in a regional orientation conference. OLs have bi-weekly trainings and a retreat in the Spring Semester. There is also week-long training at the beginning of the summer.

The summer starts with orientations for summer school students, and then our large freshmen programs. We also host orientations for transfer and adult students throughout the summer as well as meeting on a weekly basis. Summer wraps-up with another international orientation, move-in day, the freshman blackout party, and assisting in Just Ask Me tents and Welcome Week.

Outside of the mandatory work for orientation leaders, OLs do community service work, organize teams for other on campus events, hold fundraisers, and explore the City of New Orleans as a staff.

How are OLs compensated?

Orientation Leaders are compensated in a variety of ways.

  • Privateer Gear: OLs are provided a uniform that includes a polo and university name tag. They are also given a variety of UNO t-shirts.
  • Leadership: Through extensive training, OLs are given leadership training that they will be able to use throughout their life- including professional careers. As part of the training process, the OLs will be taken on a retreat where travel, housing, and meals are paid for.
  • Housing: OLs are housed in Pontchartrain Halls for the week-long training and during summer orientation program dates.
  • Pay: OLs are paid hourly at $7.25 an hour.

How do I apply to be an OL?

Click here to apply to be an Orientation Leader! The application is open from September 3 to October 5. If you have any questions or concerns, please email