A student’s first year experience is vital to the success of students enrolling into Kentucky State University for the first time.  At KSU, our first year experience provides the opportunity for students  to learn important academic information as well as to understand the “Thorobred Experience”.  Bred Leaders are mature, model students that will assist year round in implementing first year initiatives and programming. Bred Leaders are expected to possess and communicate an extensive knowledge of the University, which is obtained through experience and training.

In addition to the Bred Leader positions, we have the Gold Team. The Gold Team works exclusively with Bred Week in August. Most importantly, Bred Leaders and Gold Team members must embodied the spirit of excellence and love for KSU. Being selected for either of the two positions is an immense honor that yields invaluable personal satisfaction and professional growth.


  • 2.5 overall 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.

Bred Leader Roles and Responsibilities

  • Attend trainings and meetings
  • Assist committee in preparing for Bred Prep & Bred Week
  • Serve as a positive representative of KSU
  • Deliver presentation to small groups
  • Lead campus tours
  • 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
  • Assist with FYE initiatives and programs
  • Act as mentors to assigned KSU Seminar 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 May 21, 2018 at 4:00 PM.

STEP 3: Phone Interview (invitation only).
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