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Crew Chief and Orientation Leader Information

Crew Chief

Crew chief applications for NSOP 2019 are now open and will close on Monday, January 28 at noon. Apply to become a crew chief!

Crew chiefs (CCs) are an essential part of NSOP because they are the liaison between the NSOP Committee and the orientation leaders (OLs). This makes them a direct influence on how OLs will work as a team to welcome new students. Each CC is assigned a crew of OLs who they are responsible for managing throughout the duration of NSOP. They begin by training their OLs on how to successfully interact with new students. Throughout NSOP, they manage the tasks assigned to their crew by the NSOP Committee. This is accomplished by communicating with and delegating jobs to their OLs and then holding them accountable, usually through a detailed nightly email explaining the next day’s events. It is essential that CCs project a positive and excited attitude towards Columbia University and NSOP to new students and OLs at all times.

Crew Chief Expectations

  • Support the NSOP staff and Committee with student leader selection

  • Serve as a resource to orientation leaders throughout the summer as they prepare for NSOP

  • Oversee and advise a group of orientation leaders throughout the NSOP program, including training, and assist with questions or concerns as they arise

  • Assist in the implementation of programs throughout NSOP, including staffing events and helping with processes as assigned throughout the program

  • Always maintain a positive attitude towards Columbia University and NSOP

  • Respect and follow the directions of the NSOP Committee and the NSOP staff

  • Attend a mandatory crew chief meeting on Friday, March 8, 9:0010:00 a.m.

  • Attend the Orientation Programs Study Break on Wednesday, May 8, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

  • Move in early for fall training on Monday, August 19, 9:00 a.m.–noon (training will start promptly after move in)

  • Be available at all times for training and assignments throughout the duration of NSOP, which concludes on Monday, September 2

    • ​Schedules and assignments will not be available until move in; although there will be free time, crew chiefs should expect to work every day of NSOP and be present and engaged during training

  • Execute other responsibilities as assigned by NSOP staff

If you have any questions about crew chief positions, please email

Orientation Leaders

Orientation Leader applications are currently closed. The application for NSOP 2019 will open on Monday, January 7 and will close on Friday, February 15 at noon.

Orientation leaders (OLs) are necessary for the smooth transition of new students into the Columbia community. OLs assist with everything from move-in procedures to staffing the information booth during NSOP. They may be assigned to staff events, tours, trips or lectures. OLs also directly interact with new students through assigned groups of new students. OLs are responsible for communicating and meeting with these new students about NSOP events and for offering advice and encouragement during their transition to Columbia. It is essential that OLs project a positive and excited attitude towards Columbia University and NSOP to new students at all times.

Orientation Leader Expectations

  • Always maintain a positive attitude towards Columbia University and NSOP
  • Respect and follow the directions of crew chiefs, the NSOP Committee and NSOP Staff
  • Adhere to the important dates below in a timely manner

Friday, February 15: Applications are due on Friday, February 15 at noon

Sunday, March 10: Mandatory Information Session and Group Interview for new leaders. Specific time will be assigned between 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. EST.

Tuesday, March 26Tuesday, April 2: Interviews will be the week of March 25 and will consist of a group interview and a short individual interview.

Friday, April 12 and Monday, April 15: Leader agreement signing sessions 9:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m. All leaders who have received an offer must attend one of these sessions. 

Wednesday, May 8: NSOP Mandatory Study Break on Wednesday, May 8, from 2:00–4:00 p.m. EDT.

Wednesday, August 21: Orientation Leaders are expected to arrive on campus on August 22 for the start of NSOP training by 12 noon.

Wednesday, August 21Monday, September 2: Orientation Leaders must be available for the duration of training and NSOP.

Sunday, August 25Monday, September 2: NSOP is from Sunday, August 25–Monday, September 2.

If you have any questions about orientation leader applications, please email



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