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 2023 and transfers in their first days as new Stanford students! We need your help as Orientation Volunteers (OVs) to make NSO 2019 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!

All students who register to volunteer will, by default, serve as an OV. You may also consider serving 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.

Registration to be an Orientation Volunteer for NSO 2019 has now closed. Please check back next spring!


  • 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 attend a short spring training session in late May.
  • All volunteers must be undergraduate students in good academic standing and enrolled for the 2019-20 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 language exams and academic sessions, supporting bike registration, and much more. OVs work in teams of 5 - 8 under the supervision of a Head OV. The commitment for OVs begins on Saturday morning, September 14, 2019 and runs through the end of NSO, Sunday, September 22, 2019. 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 on Friday evening, September 13, 2019 and runs through the end of NSO, Sunday, September 22, 2019.

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 may also be asked to assist with general NSO events. The commitment for COVs begins on Saturday morning, September 14, 2019 and runs through the end of NSO, Sunday, September 22, 2019. 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).

Early Arrival to Campus

OVs and COVs must return to campus on Saturday, September 14, 2019 to move in and be prepared for volunteer responsibilities beginning that afternoon.

HOVs must return to campus by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2019 in order to participate in HOV team activities that evening.

Undergraduate Advising and Research will provide early arrival housing and meals for OVs, HOVs, and COVs from September 13 - 18, 2019, the period before regular housing and dining contracts begin on September 19, 2019. OVs, HOVs, and COVs must have on-campus housing for Autumn Quarter 2019 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.


Approaching Stanford/NSO Team
Phone: (650) 723-7674
Email: approaching@stanford.edu