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Student Leadership Opportunities

The Office of Student Transitions & Orientation offers two leadership roles within student orientation: Orientation Leader and Mustang Corral Guides.

Orientation Leaders (15) are selected each fall to help implement the two-step orientation process-AARO and Mustang Corral.  Orientation Leaders facilitate small groups during AARO and help prepare new Mustangs for life at SMU.  The Orientation Leaders also plan and execute Mustang Corral.  Orientation Leaders complete the Orientation Leadership Institute and live and work on campus from the beginning of June through the start of classes.


Mustang Corral Guides (200) are selected each spring to help implement Mustang Corral. Mustang Corral Guides facilitate various aspects of the Mustang Corral, which encompasses everything from Move-In to Convocation. Mustang Corral Guides 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.

What are we looking for?

The Office of Student Transitions & Orientation is seeking a diverse group of undergraduate students who are committed to helping new students transition into the University.  Orientation Leaders must display excellent leadership skills as well as the ability to work well with faculty, staff, students, and family members.  Candidates must be in good judicial standing with the university and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.  Prior student leader experience is not required.

Leadership Application

There are four steps in the 2016 application process. 

1-Information Sessions       

In order to serve as a 2016 Orientation Leader, applicants must attend one mandatory information session. 

Where: Hughes Trigg Student Center, Porticos BCD

When:  Tuesday, November 3rd at 4pm

Wednesday, November 4th at 4pm

Thursday, November 5th at 12pm

2-Submit Application

Submit an application to Orgs@SMU. Search "Orientation" to find the application 

The application will close Tuesday, November 10th at 12pm

3-Sign Up for an Interview

On Wednesday, November 11th at 12pm, the sign up link will be emailed to applicants. The sign up link will close Thursday, November 12th at 5pm.


Interviews will be held Monday, November 16 to Thursday, November 19th. Each interview will be 20 minutes long including a five minute presentation. Information about the presentation will be given during the mandatory Info Sessions. All interviews will be held in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Suite 300 Conference Room. 

Please email with any questions regarding the application process!