Orientation Leadership Team

The Orientation Leadership Team (OLT) has a tremendous opportunity to give back to Mercer by positively affecting orientation programming as it relates to first-year students.  Working with the Office of Academic and Advising Services, OLT has the unique capability to help shape the orientation program, provide feedback on the program's current strengths and areas of improvement, mentor and guide Peer Advisors, and implement orientation sessions and Bear Beginnings

Above all, OLT cares to give back to the Mercer community through positively impacting the experience of our newest Mercer students. OLT, serving with the Assistant Director of New Student Programs and the Graduate Assistant for Academic and Advising Services, forms the Orientation Head Staff and accomplishes all orientation tasks to assist in the transition of new students to Mercer.  OLT must believe in the power of teamwork, aspiring to provide support to our Peer Advisor staff, who in turn support the incoming first-year students.

OLT Commitment to Service

Joining OLT requires openness to new ideas, a willingness to serve, and an ability to look beyond one's own needs to the needs of others.  It requires self-determination and self-motivation.  OLT creates rewarding, enriching experiences that have the ability to significantly impact an individual's future.  Being a member of OLT is for the love of first-year students, for the love of orientation, and for the love of Mercer.

Spring Semester

  • Have and maintain a suggested 2.75 GPA and good academic standing with the University.
  • Help implement January Orientation prior to the start of the Spring semester.
  • Assist with the marketing for and selection of next Peer Advisor team.
  • Plan and implement Spring Training for newly selected Peer Advisor staff.
  • Assist with Spring Programming for first-year students within the Office of Academic and Advising Services.
  • Attend weekly Professional Development meetings with the Assistant Director of New Student Programs.


  • Work 16+ hours a week in the Office of Academic and Advising Services from mid-May through the end of Bear Beginnings.
  • Plan and implement May Orientation, Summer Orientations, Transfer Orientation, and Bear Beginnings.
  • Engage campus resources, AAS staff members, and PA team in implementation of PA Training in August.
  • Function as Orientation Head Staff in communicating with members of our Mercer community and Peer Advisor staff, upholding professionalism and ethical standards.

Fall Semester

  • Co-facilitate UNV 201 for first-year Peer Advisors.
  • Help plan and implement PA professional development opportunities throughout the semester.
  • Promote OLT selection for upcoming year.

OLT Application

Application Opens: Friday, October 13

Application Closes: Monday, October 30

Interviews: Wednesday, November 1-Friday, November 3

Step 1: Fill out your OLT Application>>
Step 2: Submit your PA Retreat Plan>>
Step 3: Sign up for an 45-minute interview time>>

We seek to select the best candidates for the position, regardless of race, national origin, ability, veteran status, gender, sexual orientation, age, or religion. Any sophomore, junior, or returning senior Peer Advisor can apply for the OLT position.

Selection Criteria

Members of Orientation Leadership Team will be selected upon:
  • Their current standing with New Student Programs.
  • The quality of their written application.
  • One reference from a Mercer faculty or staff member.
  • The creativity and thoroughness of their PA Retreat and Budget Plan.
  • The quality of their PA Interview with the Assistant Director of New Student Programs.