• The Role of an Orientation Leader

    The UWA Orientation Leaders assist in the implementation of Freshman Orientation. Orientation Leaders play a vital role in helping new students make a smooth transition to life at UWA. This knowledgeable and spirited group of students is dedicated to helping each student find his/her place in the UWA community.

    Orientation Leaders provide a vital service to the entire university community. After extensive training, Orientation Leaders organize and run activities; conduct small group sessions with new students; and answer questions and concerns from new students and their parents. The time spent as an Orientation Leader is also considered a “try-out” to become a UWA Ambassador. More information about being an Ambassador is below.

    Benefits of being an Orientation Leader:

    • Play a vital role in helping entering freshman and transfer students in their transition to UWA.
    • Build leadership skills through an overnight retreat with the Admissions Office.
    • Make lifelong friendships with fellow Orientation Leaders.
    • Network with UWA faculty and staff.
    • Earn stipend for serving as an Orientation Leader, OL Gear, and free meals during Orientation.
    • Be a part of a diverse team of dedicated, hard-working, spirited students who love UWA!

    The Role of an Ambassador

    The University of West Alabama Ambassadors are the official student representatives for UWA. Their purpose is to promote and serve UWA. Ambassadors serve as student hosts and hostesses at a variety of University and community events. The Ambassadors provide tours for prospective students, families, and other distinguished University guests. Their main objective is to assist the Office of Admissions in recruiting prospective students and to assist the Office of Alumni Relations in strengthening the relationship between UWA students and alumni. Ambassadors are chosen from the pool of Orientation Leaders. As Orientation Leaders, they will constantly be graded on punctuality, attitude, teamwork, and other characteristics and skills.

    • The Ambassadors work with the Admissions Office and assist with giving tours to prospective students and their families. After the campus tour, they write a handwritten letter to the student and his/her family.
    • The Ambassadors assist the Admissions and Enrollment Management Office by attending college fairs with an Admissions Counselor throughout Alabama and Mississippi.
    • The Ambassadors keep in touch with all prospective students who have applied for admission.
    • The Ambassadors represent the Admissions and Alumni Offices at many local community events and Preview Days.
    • Ambassadors serve as hosts for special community events such as concerts and receptions.
    • Ambassadors receive a monthly stipend and UWA gear. 


    Orientation Leader/Ambassador Application