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NSO Leadership

Depending on one's interests, available time, passion to help others, or commitment to scholarship, current students may consider applying to one of several NSO Leadership Teams with varying levels of leadership building, skills training, and personal & professional growth.

Orientation Leaders, Matador Mentors, TAKE Cast, and Student Coordinators  are all key to CSUN's successful new student programming efforts.  After all, who knows the new student experience better than those who have already been through it?  The chart below helps detail the structure and goals of New Student Orientation Leadership and the teams that help connect, develop, and celebrate our new students annually. 

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General Information and Leadership Structure

Each year, the Office of Student Involvement and Development selects a group of mature and dedicated undergraduate and graduate leaders to assist with the implementation of the New Student Orientation programs.  Orientation leaders serve to mentor and guide new students who are making the transition from their previous environments to California State University, Northridge through:

  • Leading groups throughout the days of orientation;
  • Facilitating discussions;
  • Engaging new students in Welcome All Matador events and activities;
  • Helping new students transition to CSUN; and
  • Assisting new student in navigating the campus and its resources.


Benefits and Certifications

Benefits and Certifications when participating in NSO Leadership Teams:

  • Meet new people and create new friendships
  • Leadership and diversity training
  • Valuable networking connections with faculty and staff
  • Familiarity with the campus and resources
  • Impact new students' first year experience and serve as a mentor
  • Gain public speaking skills
  • A better sense of CSUN pride
  • Priority Registration for Academic Classes
  • Become Internationally Certified as a Peer Mentor**

**CSUN's NSO Leadership program is "IMTPC Certified"
NSO Leadership Programs are certified through The College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) which provides certification in mentor training peer-assisted programs that are research-based and strategically implemented.  Students completing NSO Leadership training also satisfy CRLA's International Mentor Training Program Certification or "IMTPC" and reserve the right to document this on transcripts, resumes, etc..


  • Academic commitment of a 2.5 GPA
  • Dependability for all required dates during the spring semester, summer sessions and fall semester
  • Desire to serve as a mentor to new students and peers
  • Approachability: Be open to views, ideas and opinions that differ from one's own


The goal of New Student Orientation is to support the continuous process of integrating new students into the academic, cultural and social context of CSUN.

  • Four leadership trainings
  • New Student Orientation program events
  • Welcome All Matadors events (President's Picnic and Freshman Convocation)
  • Office hours (amounts may vary pending on semester and years)

Commencement: Each leader must participate in at least three ceremonies as an usher during commencement.


 Typically, applications are open during the following times:

  • Orientation Leaders - Available at the beginning of each spring semester, late January/Early February.  (team is selected by mid/late March)

  • Matador Mentors - Available in mid/lateof October (team is selected prior to the Winter Break). 

  • TAKE Cast - Available in mid/late of October (team is selected prior to Winter Break).

  • Student Coordinator - Available in mid/late of October (team is selected prior to Winter Break).

Please click here to be taken to the NSO Leadership Applications webpage.


Information Sessions

There are no information sessions scheduled at this time. Please check back on this page for upcoming dates, times and locations.

We will be discussing what will be expected of you as a New Student Orientation leader and what you can expect from us, your orientation team. Be ready to ask any questions you have regarding orientation as we are ready to answer them all. We look forward to meeting you!