New Student Orientation and Student Support

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Student Leadership Opportunities


Types of Student Leadership

The Office of New Student Orientation and Student Support has three types of student leadership: Student Orientation Directors/Intern, AARO Leaders, and Mustang Corral Leaders.

Orientation Directors are charged with the planning, programming, and implementation of the two-step orientation program: AARO, and Mustang Corral.  Each director is slotted into a particular orientation program and is also a member of the Orientation Leadership Institute.
AARO Leaders are selected each Spring to help implement the two-step orientation process including AARO and Mustang Corral. All current SMU students are eligible to apply. Leaders participate in training programs to prepare them for small group leadership, educate them on SMU facts and incoming student questions, as well as provide them with an understanding of effective group facilitation. This is a paid position ($3,000 stipend) that requires you to be on campus from June until the start of fall semester.
Mustang Corral Leaders are selected each Spring to help implement the extended-orientation program, Mustang Corral. All current SMU students are eligible to apply. Leaders participate in training programs to prepare them for small group leadership, educate them on SMU facts and incoming student questions, as well as provide them with an understanding of effective group facilitation. Mustang Corral is a three day, two night off campus retreat that introduces the new students to academic life, spirit and traditions and allows the opportunity to meet other incoming students, faculty, staff, and student leaders.

What are we looking for?

The Office of New Student Orientation and Student Support is seeking a diverse group of undergraduate students who are committed to helping new students transition into the University.  AARO and Mustang Corral leaders must display excellent leadership skills as well as the ability to work well with faculty, staff, students, and parents.  Candidates must be in good judicial standing with the university and maintain a GPA over 2.5.  Prior student leader experience is not required.

Selection of Students into the Programs

The Orientation Interns, Student Directors and other members of the Orientation staff will be responsible for placing students into a particular program. Students will be placed into a particular program based on the following items:

  1. Attending one of six information session (for all new applicants)
  2. Personal references (should not be a friend or relative)
  3. Student's preferences

Am I Guaranteed my first choice?

No, Students are not guaranteed their first choice of program preference.  Our goal, however, is to grant as many students their first choice as possible. 

Mandatory Information Session Dates

Date and Time   Location
Thursday, Jan. 23 12:30-1:30pm
6:30-7:30pm
Hughes Trigg Ballroom West
     
Monday, Jan. 27
12:00-1:00pm
5:00-6:00pm
Hughes Trigg Forum
     
Tuesday, Jan 28
5:00-6:00pm Hughes Trigg Ballroom West
6:30-7:30pm
McElvaney 1st Floor Enclosed Lounge 
8:00-9:00pm Virginia Snider 2nd Floor Classroom
     
Wednesday, Jan 29 5:30-6:30pm
7:00-8:00pm
Hughes Trigg Atriums AB
Hughes Trigg Atriums AB

Leader Application

Please note that ALL NEW APPLICANTS MUST attend an Information Session to be considered! If you have been a Mustang Corral or AARO leader in the past, you do not need to attend an information session. The application is 100% online this year! Recommendation forms are the only things that can be submitted via paper format.

Applications are due Friday, January 31 @ 5pm. Applications will be submitted on Orgs@SMU, and you MUST sign-up for an interview time IN-PERSON in our suite (Hughes Trigg Suite 307.) 

Please direct all of your questions to the Office of New Student Orientation and Student Support; Mustang Corral Team at mustangcorral@smu.edu or 214-768-4560.