New Student Orientation (NSO) is vital to the success of students enrolling into Kentucky State University for the first time. NSO is the opportunity for students and their families to learn important academic information as well as to understand the “Thorobred Experience”.  Orientation Leaders are mature, model students that will assist in implementing summer and fall NSO sessions. Orientation Leaders are expected to possess and communicate an extensive knowledge of the University, which is obtained through experience and training. Most importantly, Orientation Leaders must embodied the spirit of excellence and love for KSU. Being selected as an Orientation Leader is an immense honor that yields invaluable personal satisfaction and professional growth.


  • 2.5 overall GPA. Must maintain 2.5 semester GPA.
  • Must be a full-time student.
  • No disciplinary record.
  • Evidence of leadership skills, professionalism, and strong work ethic.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Positive attitude and high energy.
  • Pride and enthusiasm for Kentucky State University.
  • Ability to relate to a diverse group individuals.
  • Ability to work autonomously and within a groups.
  • Willingness to learn about KSU’s policies, procedures, departments, and services and student success best practices.
  • Respectable, humble and friendly demeanor.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Attend all Orientation Leader trainings and meetings
  • Assist committee in preparing for NSO
  • Serve as a positive representative of KSU
  • Deliver presentation to small groups during NSO
  • Lead campus tours during NSO
  • Answer questions pertaining to the academic and social aspects of KSU
  • Engage new students and make them feel welcome
  • Learn and explain important academic and financial aid policies
  • Learn KSU history and emphasize its importance
  • Communicate with assigned new students after NSO
  • Assist with move-in day and Welcome Week
  • Act as mentors to assigned University 101 sections

Selection Process

STEP 1: Attend the information session.
All interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an informational session to learn more about expectations of an orientation leader and to ask questions about the position and process.

STEP 2: Complete the application packet.
Make sure to read all directions. Be careful of grammar and spelling mistakes, as written communication is critical to the duties of an orientation leader. Applications are due by March 21, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

STEP 3: Attend an interview (invitation only).
Business attire is required. All applicants must prepare a two (2) minute talk on one (1) of the following topics:

1. William Exum Center
2. Bradford Hall
3. Julian M. Carroll Academic Services Building
4. Atwood Research Facility
5. Blazer Library

STEP 4: Receive selection notification.


Orientation Leader Application

Reference Form