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Meet the O-Team!

The Orientation Office Staff

The Orientation Office at James Madison University is comprised of full-time professional and student staff who develop, coordinate, and supervise the transitional needs of first-year and transfer students entering JMU. The Orientation Office coordinates Summer Springboard, 1787 August Orientation, prepares publications such as The One Book, selects, hires, and trains approximately 350 student staff to assist new students and family members in their transition to JMU. Staff members work throughout the year to ensure incoming first-year and transfer students are provided with the resources, knowledge and peer connections for success at JMU. 

Orientation Operations Assistants (OOAs)

The Orientation Operations Assistants (OOAs) work diligently behind the scenes to make sure that your transition experience is as seamless as possible. OOAs work throughout the year assisting our guests, students, faculty, and staff members as well as the members of the Orientation Office professional staff. Their time and effort are crucial to our success... and yours.

Orientation Peer Advisers (OPAs) 

Orientation Peer Advisers (OPAs) are a group of students selected each fall to work with our First-Year Summer Springboard and 1787 August Orientation programs. Assisting us in the supervision of approximately 300 First yeaR Orientation Guide volunteers, OPAs are a key link in the successful transition of first-year students to James Madison University.

Transfer Orientation Peer Advisers (TOPAs)

The Transfer Orientation Peer Advisers (TOPAs) work exclusively with our incoming transfer students as a part of the Transfer Summer Springboard and 1787 Transfer August Orientation programs. This team of transfer students is selected in the fall and works throughout the summer to make connections with incoming students and connect them with resources around campus. In addition, the ANTs maintain contact with transfer students as a resource and to provide support.

Graduate Assistant Staff

Graduate Assistants are hired each year to provide additional support to the Orientation Office and gain hands on experience in their field of study. Graduate assistants tasks include assisting in programming, providing expert and assistance with the Orientation assessment process, and developing the student staff through supervision, recruitment, hiring, and training. Meet the Graduate Assistants!

Professional Staff

The professional staff in the Orientation Office works year round to bring incoming transfer and first-year students purposeful programming aimed at preparing students to be active and authentic participants in the JMU learning experience. Meet the Pro Team!