What is a Orientation Counselor?
Orientation Counselors are currently enrolled as students who represent WSU Tri-Cities and the Office of Student Affairs. Orientation Counselors correspond with prospective students and parents, alumni, and community members. Orientation Counselors work together to build on our University's outstanding reputation and help orient new Cougars to the Tri-Cities campus.
What do Orientation Counselors do?
Orientation Counselors are responsible for easing prospective students' transitions into WSU Tri-Cities. Orientation Counselors also participate in recruitment events, new student orientation; give campus tours to prospective students, give admissions presentations, and work in the Admissions Office.
What are the benefits of being a Orientation Counselor?
Orientation Counselors earn a partial tuition waiver and learn a variety of skills that are useful for any major and gain valuable work experience. Orientation Counselors will develop as leaders and learn to give group presentation while improving their public speaking skills. Orientation counselors also have the opportunity to work one on one with university staff and other community members.
What are the time and availability commitments of a Orientation Counselor?
Orientation Counselors are appointed each Spring Semester and serve through the Fall Semester. The appointments run from January to December each year. Orientation Counselors must be available to work over the summer during new student orientation sessions; this time includes some evening and weekend hours. Orientation counselors must also be able to travel locally. Students may also re-apply for another term as an Orientation counselor.
What are the qualifications to become a Orientation Counselor?
Orientation Counselors must be:
- Currently enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours at WSU Tri-Cities with a 2.5 GPA or higher
- Demonstrated leadership and communication (presentation and public speaking) skills
- Have a valid, unrestricted Washington state driver’s license
- Shall not be on disciplinary action as defined by the Washington State University Standards of Conduct for Students
- Not enrolled in more than 15 credits
- Orientation Counselors must also be able to take the UColl 400 (one credit) class in Spring semester.