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Apply to Be an Orientation Leader

Thank you for your interest in applying to be an Orientation Leader! Our 2024 Orientation Leader application is currently closed. Please check back for the 2025 application in the Spring 2025 semester.

If you have any questions, please email


Can I be an RA and an OL?

Unfortunately, no. The training and time commitments overlap for the two positions.

What happens if I'm unable to make it to campus for Orientation Training, but I have no other conflicts during Orientation Week?

Orientation Training is a requirement of the position as it will equip you with the knowledge, resources, and training needed to effectively support new students. Please communicate with us early and often should your availability change.

If I’ve been an OL before, do I need to reapply? 

Yes! Because we are making changes to New Student Orientation and the Orientation Leader programs themselves, it’s important to make sure we all have an understanding of the goals and purpose of these programs! 

If I'm a returning OL, do I need to attend Orientation Training?

Yes. As the program continues to change to support the changing needs of new students and as our sessions and events differ year to year, Orientation Training is a requirement for all experience levels.

What if I am unsure if I’ll have a conflict until much later in the process? 

Please reach out to us at!

Does being an Orientation Leader count towards volunteer hours for scholarships and other Cornell programs?

Yes, it does! Upon completion of the Orientation Leader experience, you can reach out to to begin discussions about this.