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Fall 2024 Orientation Aide Information

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First-Time-In-College Orientation Aide (FOA)

Pairs (or trios) of FOAs will work to enhance the acclimation of new first-time-in-college freshmen to the university and have the responsibility of accompanying their students to all mandatory orientation activities. After Convocation, FOAs are expected to continue to serve as role models and resources for their students.

Transfer & More Orientation Aide (TMOA)

This group of Orientation Aides will work to enhance the acclimation of transfer, exchange and Joint Degree Programme Host students to the university and have the responsibility of accompanying their students to all mandatory orientation activities. After Convocation, TMOAs are expected to continue to serve as role models and resources for their students. TMOAs have the unique opportunity to help welcome international, military veteran, and non-traditional aged students to the university. 

Responsibilities for All Positions
  • Attend and fully participate in training and all orientation events (see dates below)
  • Serve as a positive role model for students
  • Serve as a resource for parents and family members
  • Uphold all W&M rules and regulations, as well as orientation expectations
  • Return to campus in time for fall training start (Saturday, August 17, 2024)
  • Be available to work ALL of orientation (Friday-Tuesday, August 23 - 27, 2024)
  • Maintain enthusiasm and ensure participation at all orientation events
Fall OA Hiring Timeline

Monday, December 4, 2023 
@ 8 AM

New Orientation Aide (NOA) & Returning Orientation Aide (ROA) Application Available

Tuesday, December 5, 2023 

Fall 2024 Orientation Aide Information Session

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 

Fall 2024 Orientation Aide Information Session

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Fall 2024 Orientation Aide Information Session

Sunday, February 4, 2024 
by 11:59 PM

New Orientation Aide (NOA)
and Returning Orientation Aide (ROA) Applications Due

By Monday,
February 12, 2024

NOA First Round & ROA Decisions Available
Weeks of February 19 & 28, 2024 NOA First Round Interviews

By Monday, March 4, 2024

NOA Second Round Interview Decisions Available

Week of March 4, 2024

ROA Interviews

Week of March 18, 2024

NOA Second Round Interviews

By Monday, April 1, 2024

ROA and NOA Final Staff Decisions Available

One Week after Decisions

Agreements Due to the STEP Office


Spring Training (tentative in-person with make-up options available)


Summer Training

August 17, 2024

Arrive for Fall Training (tentative)

August 18 - 22, 2024

Fall Training (morning - evening)

August 23 - 27, 2024

New Student Orientation (morning - evening)

Qualifications for Employment
  • Leadership potential
  • Positive communication skills
  • A desire to work with students, families, faculty and staff
  • Dedication to helping others
  • Integrity and ethical decision-making abilities
  • Problem solving abilities
  • Minimum academic success (a 2.5 cumulative GPA during the time of application and at the end of spring semester 2024)
  • Good standing in terms of honor or student conduct offenses (Contact Lauren or Reagan before submission of application if you have either.)
Benefits of Orientation Position
  • Significant leadership experience
  • Having a lasting impact on the future of William & Mary
  • Creating connections with a variety of students from the greater W&M community
  • Working with a team and meeting student leaders, new students and new friends
  • Gaining more knowledge of and an appreciation for William & Mary
  • Orientation meal plan for all staff and an early move-in process for on-campus OAs
  • Those neon yellow T-shirts
Frequently Asked Questions
How competitive is the process?

The New Student Orientation program at William & Mary is nationally recognized for our outstanding staff. This being said, the application process is competitive. Numbers vary year to year.

Is preference given to students who are members of certain student organizations?

Applicants are given credit for their level of involvement and commitment to any aspect of the W&M community. Preference is not given to one organization or group over another. The depth and breadth of experience is more important than having one particular experience.

Can I work another job at any time?

You may hold another job, but not during orientation. You may not use another job or activity as an excuse for not attending training. Students cannot be Orientation Aides and Freshmen Resident Assistants at the same time.

What happens during training?

You will spend time getting to know the other staff members and your Orientation Area Director(s). You will also learn about the services offered on campus, the advising/registration process, and issues that may affect new students. There is also a commitment to expose you to experiences that will enhance your leadership skills.

Are there additional opportunities for OAs to work with new students beyond the fall?

Orientation Aides are encouraged to maintain their relationship with their group and staff through the year and beyond. Besides the new student orientation program in August, there are other opportunities to assist with the general first-year student experience over the course of the academic year. You may also have the opportunity to work with Spring Orientation or the selection process for the orientation staff in 2025.

When will I know if I got a position?

We will make every effort to inform all interviewed candidates by email via the timeline above. Those interviewed candidates will receive an email to review their application portal which will contain your final decision.

Additional Information

If you would like additional information, contact STEP or [[orientation,email Orientation]]. Please print this page for your records.