The Office of the Student Experience

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Student Leadership Opportunities

The Office of the Student Experience offers two leadership roles within student orientation: Orientation Leader and Stampede Guides.

Orientation Leaders

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

Applications open in the fall. 

What are we looking for?

The Office of the Student Experience 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 2.75.  Prior student leader experience is not required.

Stampede Guides 

200 Stampede Guides are selected each spring to help implement Stampede. Stampede Guides facilitate various aspects of Stampede, which encompasses everything from Move-In to Convocation. Stampede 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.