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Find Your Why as an Orientation Leader

As a Golden Bear Orientation Leader, you become part of a team that works collaboratively to welcome and orient new students to the UC Berkeley community.

Using your own experiences and perspectives, you will help guide incoming students through a multiday program in August, helping them explore academic life, campus involvement, and everything that UC Berkeley has to offer.

This is a unique volunteer opportunity to:

  • meet and mentor a diverse, dynamic student group
  • develop leadership skills
  • be a positive influence (while having fun)

How to Join

Fill out the application and New Student Services will be in touch. 
Note: Recruitment is from November to February. Please apply during the recruitment period. Or, if you are interested in joining in the future or want to check on a waitlist opportunity, please send a note to:
If you want to know more, contact NSS or attend an Information Session (details below).

Application is open now.

Apply to be a leader

Benefits for You

There are so many benefits to becoming a GBO Leader. Here are just a few:

  • Career/professional development
  • Extending your “Berkeley family” and learning more about campus
  • Exploring the Bay Area with new students
  • Attending the Chancellor’s Reception
  • Getting UC Berkeley gear
  • Experiencing those unexpected intangibles, as expressed by previous GBO leaders

Role Description

  • Serve as a role model for new students by displaying the responsibility and maturity of a continuing student.
  • Actively participate in all required events, including meetings, Orientation Leader trainings, move-in and GBO events.
  • Create an inclusive and welcoming community for all new students.
  • Facilitate activities and discussions.
  • Guide students to various locations and program points throughout GBO.
  • Answer fundamental questions about UC Berkeley.
  • Be prompt, prepared, and positive.
  • Promote full participation for students in GBO.
  • During GBO in August, you may not be involved in any other outside commitments, including being a Resident Assistant.

Application is open now.

  • As an office, we believe students should be focusing on being students first and succeeding academically at UC Berkeley. We do have the expectation of a cumulative 2.3 GPA to be an Orientation Leader, but we also understand that everyone has their own unique situation. If you are not in good academic standing, you will be able to explain further
  • Be able to work well with a diverse group of people and work styles, and to work both independently and as part of a team.

Want to learn more? Please join us at one of the following Info Sessions. (Food will be provided!)

  • January 27 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Unit 1 APR
  • January 30 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Unit 2 APR
  • February 6 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Unit 3 APR
  • February 7 noon – 1 p.m. Transfer Student Center
  • February 10 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Soda Hall Hewlett Packard Auditorium
  • February 11 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. B North 82D (MLK Bldg., Basement) (Note: new room as of 2/6/2020)
  • February 12 1 p.m.–2 p.m. Transfer Student Center

If you are a student who is eligible for the Pell Grant or California Dream Act and you become a GBO Leader, then you are eligible for a $500 grant award from the Educational Opportunity Program.

In order to receive the grant, you must be a GBO Leader and complete all leader requirements. This award is to ensure that all students, no matter of financial situation, are able to volunteer as Orientation Leaders. Please reach out if you have questions or concerns regarding this opportunity: