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Become an OA

Orientation Assistants on stage at Orientation and Traditions Night. Apply to be an Orientation Assistant.

Orientation Assistants mentor, lead, and inspire new students. Orientation Assistants lead new students at Orientation and during Hawk Week, mentor new students in UNIV 101, Learning Communities, and First-Year Seminars, and inspire new students throughout their first year. Orientation Assistants can be domestic or international students. The application for 2020-2021 is now open. 

 Information Sessions

Please join us for an upcoming Information Session to learn more about the position from current OAs and First-Year Experience staff. 

1/21: Noon-1 PM

1/22: 6:30-7:30 PM

1/27: Noon-1 PM

1/30: 6:30-7:30 PM

All sessions will be held in the Pine Room, Kansas Union. If you are in need of a reasonable accommodation, please contact our office at 785-864-4270 or

Orientation Assistants should possess and demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • A strong desire to help others
  • Pride in being a member of the Jayhawk Community
  • A strong desire to mentor, lead, and inspire new Jayhawks
  • Ability to serve as a role model, demonstrating good judgement and ethical behavior
  • Strong academic skills, including knowledge of their own academic program(s)
  • Strong communication skills, with an emphasis on public speaking and interpersonal communication
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Ability to manage stressful situations in a calm and professional manner
  • Motivation of self and others
  • Adaptability during any part of programming (beginning, during, after)
  • Responsibility and reliability

For questions, please contact Alex Cruse at or 785-864-2877. 


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