Orientation Leader Program

Thank you for your interest in the Orientation Leader Program! Our goal is to generate excitement for the new school year by connecting new students with enthusiastic and motivated current students - YOU!


Please submit all applications and recommendation forms to StudentLifeNSO@cod.edu or the Office of Student Life (Student Service Center, Room 1217).

What is new Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation is a program to welcome new students to campus and help them get to know our campus, students, and faculty. Our goal is to get them excited about being a Chaparral, starting classes, and meeting new people, while helping them learn about the great opportunities available to them as they start their student life at College of DuPage.

Who are Orientation Leaders and what do they do?

Orientation Leaders (OL's) are the face of the college when welcoming new students to College of DuPage. OL's help make the transition easier for new students, but also exciting. They are responsible for representing the college in a positive, enthusiastic, and professional manner. Some expectations for OL's include:

  • Attend and participate in all training, team building sessions, and all 3 days of New Student Orientation
  • Serve as initial contact person to incoming students and their families at New Student Orientation
  • Facilitate group activities and social engagement with students at Orientation
  • Act as a positive role model and a resource person to new students
  • Follow up with new students after NSO; commit to a minimum of 5 hours towards new student outreach
  • Prepare materials/supplies for New Student Orientation
  • Facilitate set up, preparation, event activities, and break down of New Student Orientation

What are the requirements to become an Orientation Leader?         

  • Complete application
  • Currently enrolled at College of DuPage and will be a returning student the following Fall
  • In good standing at COD (minimum GPA of 2.0)
  • Students without US Citizenship: Must be authorized to work in the United States and provide documentation
  • Good time management, communication, and speaking skills and/or willingness to develop skills
  • Able to work in a team environment and with diverse groups
  • Desire to work with students, faculty, and staff
  • A positive, enthusiastic, and motivated attitude
  • Comfortable or willing to address groups of people

What are the benefits and compensation for becoming an Orientation Leader? 

  • Satisfies all requirements for Phase One of the Living Leadership Program
  • Make a positive contribution to the community as you make the most of your college experience!
  • Exceptional experience in leadership, communication, active listening and teamwork
  • Meet new friends and share in group training and social activities
  • Develop connections with various faculty and staff while learning more about the process and resources available at College of DuPage
  • Letter(s) of recommendation upon successful completion of the program
  • Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a monetary stipend of $500 for a Fall NSO assignment.

What kind of training and development opportunities will there be?

Orientation Leaders will gain leadership, communication, and team building skills. OL's are required to attend all trainings, Orientation sessions, and complete new student Outreach.

  • Training Dates: There are 7 training dates: May 26, June 30, and August 1-4 and 8th. Specific times & training details will be available at interviews.      
  • Orientation Dates: Must be available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 9

Wednesday, August 10

Thursday, August 11

  • Outreach: August 22-September 2 (5 hours over 2 weeks-flexible)

Contact Information

Office of Student Life
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 1217, (630) 942-2243


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