Orientation & Special Events

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Remember your first week at McGill? Orientation and all the special events you’ve enjoyed since then depend on student involvement. 

Volunteer Opportunities for Orientation and Frosh

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Frosh and Orientation volunteers are returning students who welcome new students to campus, offering insight into McGill student life. Whether you're an undergraduate, graduate, or off-campus student, there is a volunteer opportunity for you!

Individuals selected to be part of the Frosh and Orientation team receive extensive training on topics such as community-building, communication, harm reduction, consent, equity, diversity, and accessibility. By being a Frosh or Orientation volunteer, you not only give back to the McGill community but also gain transferable skills and can be eligible to receive co-curricular (CCR) credit.

Off-Campus Connects (OCX) Facilitators
Open to all returning McGill undergraduate students
Off-Campus Connects (OCX) is a day-long orientation event hosted by Campus Life & Engagement in Parc Mont-Royal at the beginning of each academic year. This event connects new off-campus and commuter students with each other and with the resources available to them at McGill. Facilitators work in pairs to lead teams of students through the day’s activities, including the Amazing Race. Apply to become an OCX Facilitator and welcome a new generation of off campus students to McGill! Training is provided.

Applications are now open! Apply to be an OCX Facilitator.
Grad Connects (GX) Facilitators
Open to all returning McGill graduate students
Grads Connect (GX) is a day-long orientation event hosted by Campus Life & Engagement in Parc Mont-Royal at the beginning of each academic year. The event welcomes new grad students to the McGill community and helps them connect with each other. Facilitators work in pairs to lead students through activities, including the Amazing Race, that introduce them the downtown campus and the neighbouring community. If you’re interested in helping us welcome new grad students, apply to be a GX Facilitator! Training is provided.

Applications are now open! Apply to be a GX Facilitator.
Orientation Logistical Volunteers
Open to all returning McGill undergraduate and Graduate students

Campus Life & Engagement is seeking Logistical Volunteers to help with Orientation activities from August 17 to 30, 2022, including welcoming students, event management, logistics, room or service fairs set up, and general administrative work. Volunteers are expected to provide a minimum of 5 hours of support during this period. Training will be provided. Come and join a great team and in making Orientation a great event!

Applications are now open! Apply to be an Orientation Logistical Volunteer.


Frosh: Leaders and O-Staff
Open to returning McGill undergraduate students

Leaders and Orientation Staff (O-Staff) are returning McGill students who help guide and acquaint new students to the McGill and Montreal communities before and during Orientation Week. Orientation Week includes both University-wide events, like Discover McGill, and Faculty-specific/interest-specific events, like Frosh.

Leaders and O-Staff are key in introducing and upholding the expectations and culture of McGill University. Leaders and O-Staff are also key in ensuring that all participants enjoy a safe, fun, inclusive, and meaningful Orientation experience.


If you are interested in getting involved with Rad Frosh, Fish Frosh, Jewish Frosh, Muslim Frosh, or Outdoor Frosh, please contact these associations directly.

Frequently Asked Questions about Frosh and Leader/O-Staff applications

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If I didn’t participate in Frosh 2022, can I still be a Leader/O-Staff for Frosh 2023?

Yes! You can apply to be a Leader or O-Staff so long as you are an undergraduate student who has completed your first year at McGill. You are not required to have previous Frosh experience. However, it is important to keep in mind that Frosh is an event for first-year students. Leaders and O-Staff are there to facilitate the new student transition and ensure that all Froshies have a great experience!

Can I apply to be a Leader/O-Staff and apply to other programs listed on this page?

Yes, absolutely! Being a Leader or O-Staff does not preclude or disqualify you from any of the other programs or opportunities. We strongly encourage you to apply to as many programs that interest you. Obviously, you care about helping your fellow student, so why not offer peer support during Orientation and at other times of the year!

Take note that some opportunities (e.g., Legal Information Clinic) have more specific criteria about who can apply.

Can I apply to be both a Leader and an O-Staff?

No. You can only apply once and for one position, so choose wisely! You can either apply to be a Leader or an O-Staff. If you are applying to be a Leader, at the end of your application there will be an option for you to indicate if you would also like to be considered for the role of an O-Staff, if not selected as a Leader. However, O-Staff applicants will not be asked if they would like to be considered for the role of a Leader, if not selected as an O-Staff.

Can I apply to be a Leader for a Frosh outside my Faculty?

No, you must apply to a Frosh within your own Faculty. When Frosh Coordinators receive applications, the first thing they do is a reference check with McGill to confirm that you are applying to the direct Faculty. As you are only able to apply to one Frosh, make sure you double check that you are applying to the correct one.

I want to lead Frosh with my friends! Is that possible?

That's cool! If your application is accepted and you are called to an interview, you can book your interviews the same time with people you want to lead with and the Coordinators will consider your application together. You do not need to e-mail CL&E! Just keep in mind that this is not a guarantee you will lead together, as Coordinators create teams based on multiple factors.

How many Leaders/O-Staff are chosen? What are my chances of being selected?

This number changes each year and it depends on the Faculty. The number of accepted applications has grown steadily over the years. From 2015 to 2016, the number of Leader applications increased 46% and the number of O-Staff application increased 47%. In 2016, across all Faculty Froshes, there were over 1530 Leader applicants for 750 spots (49% selected), and over 570 O-Staff applicants for 315 spots (55% selected).

What makes for a strong applicant/application?

Here at McGill, inclusivity is the name of the game. We are looking for Leaders and O-Staff who are responsible, mature, welcoming, and respectful - and can make all new students feel comfortable and excited. Additionally, an Orientation Leader should be outgoing, creative, energetic, and ensuring the safety and well-being of all our participants. In both your application and interview, be sure to include your relevant experience, in addition to clear examples of times that you have practiced these skills.

As a returning Leader, am I automatically selected to be a Leader again?

No, returning Leaders are not automatically chosen. Due to the high interest, large number of applications, and new yearly goals for Frosh, it is important that all Leaders re-apply and are interviewed to make sure that they are capable of helping us achieve our Orientation goals.

When do interviews take place? What if I am not in town?

The exact date for interviews varies by Frosh but Faculty Frosh interviews ordinarily take place in April in the evening and/or on weekends. After the application deadline, applicants will be sent an email from the Frosh Coordinator team with more information about when, where, and how interviews will be conducted.

After you submit your application, you will be contacted by a Frosh Coordinator to schedule an interview time.

What do I need to know about training?

Each year, Leaders and O-Staff are required to complete a mandatory training, which may include online and/or in-person components. If you are accepted as a Leader or O-Staff, you will then be provided with more information about training. Please note that if you do not complete the mandatory Leader/O-Staff training, you will not be allowed to participate in Frosh.

Is there a cost involved for Leaders/O-Staff who participate in Frosh?

Leaders and O-Staff typically pay a small fee for their involvement with Orientation Week, which can cover a variety of expenses like food, admission, apparel, and swag. The cost of an amazing Frosh experience, however, is priceless.

I really, really, really want to be a Leader. My whole life has been leading up to this moment. Please accept me?

We love your energy and invite you to apply just like everyone else. Hopefully your enthusiasm will come across in your application and interview. Good luck!

I have another question that wasn't answered here. Who do I contact?

If you have other questions, you can contact the Frosh Coordinators from your faculty's student association. They can answer questions about interviews, timelines, and other faculty-specific issues.


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