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The Academic Orientation Program is designed to help students make a successful transition to Michigan State University.
Mary Beth Heeder, Academic Orientation and Student Transitions

At Michigan State University, new undergraduate students engage in a comprehensive orientation process designed to support and guide them as they transition to MSU.  Because of MSU’s commitment to student success, all new undergraduate students are required to attend the Academic Orientation Program (AOP), an early step in the academic orientation and transitions process.  After AOP, this process continues as faculty, academic advisors, other university staff and students collaborate to support our new students as they engage in their undergraduate education.  Newly admitted students looking for additional information about the Academic Orientation Program should visit

AOP and Frequently Asked Questions regarding Advising

Please read the 2018 FAQ here.

AOP Employment

Questions regarding employment can be sent to or call 517-355-8490.  Hiring for positions follows the timelines below:

Resident Orientation Leaders (ROLs), Orientation Leaders (OL) and Office Staff:

Applications Available:  November - January
Group Interviews:  February
Final Interviews:  February
Training:  February through April

Resident Orientation Leaders and Office Staff members are full-time student positions that provide room and board, along with a salary.  Full-time staff may not take summer classes.  Orientation Leaders are part-time staff members who may take summer classes.  Detailed job descriptions are available when applications open.

Orientation Assistants (OAs):

Application Available:  March
Interviews:  March - April
Training:  May

Orientation Assistants are part-time staff members for AOP that are paid hourly. Orientation Assistants may take summer classes while working for AOP. Detailed job descriptions are available when the application becomes available. 

Visit the Academic Orientation Program Website »