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Orientation Ambassadors

Orientation Ambassadors are students who are well-respected, academically successful leaders on campus. These students are chosen based upon their current and potential academic, interpersonal and leadership qualities. The team is selected each fall and participants in the subsequent summer orientation sessions.

Orientation is the process of assisting new students through the transition necessary for a successful college experience. Clemson University Orientation Ambassadors facilitate this process by providing new students, parents and guests with an introduction to campus and its resources. Clemson University's retention rate is a driving factor for our services, and it all begins before students even start their classes.

Learn more by visiting the Orientation Ambassador website - IT ALL STARTS HERE!

Application Process

Applications are accepted during fall semester; offers are extended before winter break.

Four-part application:

  • Complete an online application, including a résumé
  • Submit a letter of recommendation (reference from a Clemson employee strongly recommended and encouraged)
  • Participate in Orientation Ambassador selection group process interview
  • Participate in a 30 minute individual interview

Orientation Ambassador selection group process is a group simulation activity and is an integral part of the application process. All letters of recommendation must be submitted to Chris Trudell by email ( trudell@clemson.edu) prior to attending group process.

After all eligible candidates have participated in the group process interviews, New Student and Family Programs staff will invite selected candidates to a 30 minute individual interview. Offers are extended before winter break.

Mandatory Training Sessions and Programs

If selected as an Orientation Ambassador for summer 2016, the Ambassador must be available for ALL training sessions and participate in the following conferences, programs and activities.

  • Orientation Ambassador winter retreat
  • Spring semester 2016: EDC 390 class. Ambassadors will automatically be enrolled.
  • National Scholars weekend
  • Southern Regional Orientation Workshop
  • Discover Clemson
  • Orientation Ambassador summer training
  • Summer orientation sessions
  • August orientation sessions
  • January 2017 spring semester orientation session


For more information contact Chris Trudell at 864-656-0515.

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