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NSO Leadership Program Applications

 NSO Leadership has opened Orientation Leader Applications! Please review this webpage for more details and to apply: 


NSO Leaders support the efforts of all SDTP programs. Serving as a campus resource, these trained student volunteers are knowledgeable about the college experience and assist new students in their transition to CSUN. Leaders accomplish this by aiding in the development of the student’s personal, social, and academic skills for success. Support in signature events such as President’s Picnic, New Student Convocation, family programming, commencement, and more! 


All required training will be conducted in the Spring Semester and Summer Session. We can guarantee that there will be at least three training sessions that will help prepare you for orientation sessions. We hold training on the first Thursday of every month during Spring Semester. We advise you to plan accordingly. If any problems should arise, let our staff know via email.

Required Training Sessions for 2024

We are working towards having the upcoming orientation season starting in April. We will have trainings once a month, on the first Thursdays in April, and May 2024 during the afternoons and an overnight training after Commencement Programming. NSO Training Dates:

Training #1 (NSO Welcome)Thursday, April 4th4pm - 6pm 
Training #2 (Commencement)Thursday, May 2nd4pm - 6pm 
Training #3 (NSO Retreat)May 30th to June 1stOvernight
Mock OrientationEarly JulyTentative

Required Programs:

Orientation Leaders will be expected to participate in signature programs such as: Honors Convocation, Commencement, Parent & Family Programming, President's Picnic, and New Student Convocation. Orientation Leaders can expect to be present for the following: 

  • 2 Commencement Ceremonies (about 5 hours per commencement ceremony) 
  • 6 Summer Orientation Programs (about 11 hours per orientation program) 

In order to receive priority registration for the Fall 2024 semester, leaders must complete NSO Retreat. To receive priority registration for the Spring 2025 semester, leader must complete President’s Picnic and New Student Convocation. Completing 8 Summer Orientations will allow Orientation Leaders to receive a Fall 2024 semester parking pass or equivalent compensation. 

  • Honors Convocation (May 11, 2024) 
  • Commencement 2024 (May 17, 2024 to May 20, 2024)
  • First Time Freshmen/Dual Track Orientations (July 2024 to August 2024)
  • International/Transfer Orientations (July 2024 & August 2024)
  • President’s Picnic (Thursday, August 29, 2024)
  • New Student Convocation (Fall 2024)

You will be able to provide us with your preferred schedule for Commencement and Orientation and we will do all we can to match this schedule. We ask that you keep all listed days available in the case there are programmatic changes or initial preferences could not be accommodated.


  • Take notice that the online application form can only be submitted once, and typically takes a 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
  • Applications close on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 11:59 PM PST
  • If eligible, you will receive communication once applications close, if you are selected for the interview round (either on 3/7/24 or 3/8/24)
  • Applications, once submitted, cannot be retrieved/updated by the applicant. If you feel that your data is incorrect, then please contact our office by email (nso.leader@gmail.com