Orientation Volunteers

Orientation Volunteers

New Student Orientation Volunteers

Did you love your New Student Orientation experience? Then join the NSO team in welcoming the Class of 2024 and transfers in their first days as new Stanford students! We need your help as Orientation Volunteers (OVs) to make NSO 2020 as vibrant, energetic, and memorable as it was during your first days as new students on The Farm. Not only will you get to welcome our frosh and transfers on Move-In Day, but as an OV you get to take part in the traditions and major events which make NSO special. As an added bonus, OVs get to move in early and have their meals for that duration covered by us. 

All students who register to volunteer will be an OV. You may also consider applying to be as a Head OV (HOV) or Community OV (COV); indicate your interest in these roles in Part 2 of the registration form. Detailed descriptions of each position are below.

Orientation Volunteer Registration Here


  • Volunteers cannot simultaneously participate in any programs, trainings, or jobs that occur in mid-September (Residence Staff, SPOT Leaders, Sophomore College, Arts Intensive, Bing Honors College, etc.)
  • In order to receive early arrival housing and dining benefits, volunteers must commit to their roles for the full duration of NSO training, prep activities, and NSO itself. Specific dates are outlined for each position below.
  • All volunteers must be undergraduate students in good academic standing and enrolled for the 2020-21 academic year. 

Position Descriptions

Orientation Volunteers (OVs)

OVs play a critical role in welcoming new students by assisting with a wide range of NSO projects and events. OV responsibilities include cheering for students as they arrive on campus, moving new students into their residences, setting up tables and chairs for NSO events, ushering in Memorial Auditorium, assisting with academic sessions, handing out class t-shirts, and much more. OVs work in teams of 5 - 8 under the supervision of a Head OV. The commitment for OVs begins Sunday September 13 and runs through the end of NSO, Sunday, September 20, 2020. OV candidates must be prepared to engage in a wide array of responsibilities (both front-line and behind-the-scenes roles) with enthusiasm, a great work ethic, and a positive attitude.

Head Orientation Volunteers (HOVs)

HOVs take on extra responsibility by leading a team of 5 - 8 volunteers (OVs) during NSO. HOVs guide their teams through NSO prep tasks, move-in day activities, events/programs, and logistical tasks like signage and balloon set-up. HOVs must have strong leadership and interpersonal skills and a willingness to work hard, be assertive, and have fun. The commitment for HOVs begins Friday September 11 and runs through the end of NSO, Sunday, September 20, 2020.

Community Orientation Volunteers (COVs)

COVs assist and work closely with the Community Coordinators (CCs) assigned to each of the 10 NSO community programs/centers. Enthusiasm for these communities is crucial if you wish to serve as a COV. COVs also assist with general NSO events. The commitment for COVs begins on Sunday September 13 and runs through the end of NSO, Sunday, September 20, 2020. (ISOC COVs return on Saturday September 12.) NSO Communities include the Asian American New Student Orientation Committee (AANSOC), Black Recruitment & Orientation Committee (BROC), Chicanx/Latinx Orientation Committee (CLOC), International Student Orientation Committee (ISOC), Markaz Orientation Committee (MOC), Queer Student Resources (QSR), Native American Orientation Committee (NAOC), First-Generation and/or Low Income Orientation Committee (FLOC), Religious Life Orientation Committee (RLOC), and Women's Community Center (WCC).

Compensation and Early Arrival

Besides the opportunity to take part in the spirit and pride of welcoming the next class of new students to stanford (first-years and transfers). Early Arrival housing and meals are covered by NSO for your help.

OVs and COVs must return to campus on Sunday September 13 to move in and be prepared for volunteer responsibilities beginning that afternoon.

HOVs must return to campus by Friday September 11 in order to participate in HOV training.

Academic Advising will provide early arrival housing and meals for OVs, HOVs, and COVs during the period before regular housing and dining contracts begin on September 18, 2020. OVs, HOVs, and COVs must have on-campus housing for Autumn Quarter 2020 in order to be granted early arrival into their housing assignment. If students do not have on-campus housing for autumn quarter, but would still like to participate as orientation volunteers, they must make their own arrangements to be housed locally.


Joanie Ly, Associate Director of New Student Programs
Email: Joaniely@stanford.edu