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Apply to be an Orientation Leader

First Year Experience

Orientation Leader Information Session: Friday, January 18th at 3pm in McGuinn 121.

Thank you for your interest in the Orientation Leader position! Below is some important information to read through if you are considering applying to the role for the summer of 2019.


Orientation Leaders are required to:

  1. Participate in all trainings.
  2. Reside in provided on-campus housing during training dates and Orientation sessions.
  3. Prepare for the arrival of and serve as an Orientation Leader to groups of first-year, transfer students and their parents/guardians. Responsibilities include facilitating small-group meetings, speaking on student panels, facilitating discussion sessions about diversity and decision-making, attending scheduled activities with students, answering questions about the resources and services of Boston College, and understanding the policies and requirements of MCA&S, CSOM, CSON, and LSOE with special emphasis on your particular college.
  4. Assist staff and faculty advisors in providing an efficient, personalized method of course selection, registration, and academic advising for first-year and transfer students.
  5. Prepare, rehearse, and perform scenes during the orientation sessions. 
  6. Be an available resource for FYE sponsored events throughout the year, including Academic Convocation (unless you will be studying abroad in the Fall of 2019).


  • You must currently be a freshman, sophomore or junior at Boston College.
  • You must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University.
  • You must be able to participate in the Orientation Leader retreat & training, and all seven Orientation sessions:
    • Orientation Leader Retreat: May 21 - 23 (Tues.-Thurs.)
    • Orientation Leader Training: May 28 - May 31 (Tues.-Fri).; June 3 - 6 (Mon.-Thurs.)
    • Session 7 Training: August 16 (Fri.)
    • Orientation Sessions:
      • Session 1   June 9 - 11                Sun., Mon., Tues.
      • Session 2   June 16 - 18              Sun., Mon., Tues.
      • Session 3   June 23 - 25              Sun., Mon., Tues.
      • Session 4   June 30 - July 2         Sun., Mon., Tues.
      • Session 5   July 14- 16                Sun., Mon., Tues.
      • Session 6   July 21 - 23               Sun., Mon., Tues.
      • Session 7   August 18 - 20           Sun., Mon., Tues.

Please note: All of the dates above are non-negotiable, which means that all Orientation Leaders must be able to participate in the retreat, trainings, and Orientation sessions in their entirety.

Benefits of the Orientation Leader Position

  • It’s paid! Orientation Leaders earn a stipend that is paid in weekly increments from the start of training through session 6 with an additional payment for session 7.
  • You get free housing. In addition to paid compensation, Orientation Leaders receive complimentary on-campus housing over the summer, beginning after spring semester finals week and ending the day after Session 6 (July 24, 2019). We will also make arrangements for Orientation Leaders to move into their Fall 2019 housing early, when they return on August 16, for Session 7 training.
  • Lots of meals are included. Meals are provided during the retreat, training days, and each three day Orientation session.
  • Suite-style living with kitchens. Housing is provided in a residence hall with kitchens, allowing Orientation Leaders to grocery shop and cook meals when they're not working.
  • It’s a huge leadership development opportunity. During the retreat, training, and Orientation sessions, Orientation Leaders will have the opportunity to build and grow their leadership, communication, and facilitation skills through formal trainings and on-the-job practice, seven times over!
  • There is a lot of time when Orientation Leaders aren’t working. Orientation Leaders in the past have been able to hold part-time jobs in the summer in addition to fulfilling the responsibilities of the position. However, the expectation is that these outside commitments will not interfere with any of the obligations listed above. This expectation holds true for summer school classes as well.

OL Application Steps (screenshot instructions available here)

  1. Open the Orientation Leader Application Page
  2. Select Apply to be an Orientation Leader.
  3. Enter your BC credentials (username and password that you use for Agora) and select Sign In to proceed. 
  4. Enter your responses.
  5. Select the Next button to review your responses.
  6. Select the Next button again to submit your application.

***Once you've submitted your application you will not be able to change your responses so please make sure the information you've provided is completely accurate.

Application Tips

  • Make a plan. Take a look at the OL application form, consider who you want to ask for recommendation letters, and reflect on the two brief essay questions.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to ask for letters of recommendation. Have your recommenders submit their letters online at:
    • Both recommenders should be adults who work at BC or with BC students.
    • At least one recommendation should be completed by someone who can speak to your academic record and classroom performance (i.e.: professor, advisor, etc).
    • Fellow undergraduate students or TAs cannot serve as recommenders.
    • Note that you will need to send your two recommenders your Eagle ID number to complete the form.
  • Attend the OL information session. To learn about the position and get your questions answered plan to attend the Orientation Leader information session on Friday, January 18th at 3pm in McGuinn 121. Please note: Attending the information session is not required to apply.
  • Fill out and submit the OL application form by Thursday, January 31st at midnight. Save your responses in a word document in case you have trouble submitting your application. Your two letters of recommendation are due that day, as well.
  • Don’t be shy with your questions. Feel free to email us at with any questions you may have.

OL Selection Process Dates

  • Application Due                  Jan 31st (midnight)
  • Recommendations Due       Jan 31st (midnight)
  • Group Process Interviews    Feb 6 - Feb 12
  • First decisions emailed        By Feb 15
  • Individual Interviews           Feb 15 - March 1
  • Final decisions emailed        By March 15
  • Mandatory Staff Meeting      May 3 (study day)