New Student Orientation Leaders

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 Orientation Leaders and current students. Submissions for the 2020 Orientation Leader application are accepted beginning February 3, 2020.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a program dedicated to welcoming new students to College of DuPage and encouraging them get to know other students, faculty, staff and our wonderful campus. Our goal as New Student Orientation Leaders is to get new students pumped about meeting new people, starting classes and being a Chaparral. We strive to help them learn about the many awesome opportunities available to them as they begin their student life at College of DuPage.

New Student Orientation Leaders

Orientation Leaders (OLs) are the face of the college. OLs serve as role models as well as sources of support and information for new first time students at the College of DuPage. OLs play a major role in facilitating the adjustment of new students and their families to the College of DuPage community. They share accurate information about academic, personal and social resources while working collaboratively with faculty, staff and student workers from other areas on campus. An OL's goal should be to help make the transition easier and exciting for new students. OLs represent the college in a positive, passionate and professional manner.

Some expectations include:

  • Attending and participating in all training, team-building sessions, NSO days
  • Serving as an initial contact person to incoming students and their families at NSO
  • Facilitating group activities and social engagement with new students at orientation
  • Acting as a positive role-model and a resource person to new students
  • Completing set up, preparation, event activities, and break down of NSO
  • Following up with students after NSO
  • Committing to a minimum of 5 hours towards new student outreach
  • Completing Phase 1 of the Living Leadership Program (LLP)

Frequently Asked Questions

In order to be considered to become an Orientation Leader, you must be:

  • Currently enrolled at College of DuPage
  • A returning student the following Fall, enrolled in at least 6 credit hours
  • In good academic standing at COD, with a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Able to work with students, faculty and professional staff
  • Excited to work in a team environment, and comfortable addressing groups of people
  • Positive, enthusiastic and motivated to succeed
  • Committed to completing Phase 1 of the Living Leadership Program

As an Orientation Leader, you will:

  • Complete Phase 1 of the Living Leadership Program (see below for more information)
  • Gain exceptional experience in leadership, public speaking, active listening and teamwork
  • Be part of a team and potentially meet new friends
  • Share in several group activities, including training and social activities
  • Develop connections with various faculty and staff while learning more about the college processes and the many resources available at College of DuPage
  • Make a positive contribution to the community, as well as make the most of your college experience

Upon successful completion of the program, including submitting a portfolio, OLs are expected to schedule an individual scholarship meeting to discuss the experience and receive/ contribute feedback. Once the scholarship meeting is complete, Orientation Leaders are awarded a $500 monetary scholarship and eligible to receive letters of recommendation. 

The Living Leadership Program is a free, non-transcript certificate program at College of DuPage focused on developing students into active leaders and positive change-makers. The program is divided into 2 phases to meet the diverse needs of College of DuPage students.

Phase 1 introduces you to leadership and focuses on leading of self and others through practical skill development workshops and involvement in campus life. Students who complete Phase 1 are honored at the Annual Student Life Celebration and Awards Ceremony in April. After completing the portfolio students are also eligible to move on to Phase 2.

If you are selected to become an orientation leader, part of your commitment to NSO and the OL program is completing Phase 1 of the Living Leadership Program. The requirements for OLs completing Phase 1 are as follows:

  • Participate in the NSO Leader Program
  • Complete 5 Leadership development workshops, including StrengthsQuest
  • Complete and submit Living Leadership Portfolio by 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 16, 2019.

Orientation Leaders will improve communication and team-building skills, and gain worthwhile leadership experience. OLs are required to attend all training sessions, orientation sessions, and complete new student outreach hours prior to scheduling the individual scholarship meeting.

Training Dates

There are 7 training dates. Orientation Leaders must attend all of these dates:

  • May 21, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
  • July 9, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • August 3, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • August 4. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • August 5, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • August 6, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • August 10, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Orientation Dates

You must be available from 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.:

  • Tuesday, August 11, 2020
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020
  • Thursday, August 13, 2020

Portfolio Due

  • Friday, August 21, 2020


  • August 24 – September 11 (5 hours over 3 weeks, flexible)

There are a number of ways to pick up an application:

  • Complete the application online on our ChapLife page. Log in using your myACCESS username and password. 
  • Download an application on this page or the Orientation Leader page on ChapLife. For ChapLife, log in using your myACCESS username and password.
  • Pick up an application from the Office of Student Life, located in Student Services Center, Room 1217 (SSC 1217)
  • Stop by the front desk and request to check out an Orientation Leader application packet.

Note: Completed applications are accepted beginning February 3 through April 24. Final deadline for applications is Friday, April 24, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.  

If you have questions regarding the Orientation Leader Program, please email

Contact Information

Virtual New Student Orientation
(630) 942-2243