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ALPHA Orientation Leaders.

Find out more about Catawba's AOLs and how you can apply to become one!


What's an ALPHA Orientation Leader (AOL)?

Think back to your first weeks as a student here on campus. Remember the one or two people assigned to your FYS group as helpers during Orientation? Those students were part of the ALPHA Program! 


Apply Now for 2020!

Want to help incoming first-years through their orientation week? Be an ALPHA Orientation Leader!

Apply Now to Be an AOL

Submit your application by November 15, 2020. 


Help select students for the ALPHA Orientation Leader (AOL) program for Orientation by submitting the Alpha Recommendation Form.

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Our Mission 

The ALPHA Program strives to provide a support system that makes adjusting to college life as seamless as possible through mentorship of incoming first years, while also assisting FYS Instructors with the Orientation process.


Types of Alphas

  • ALPHA - An AOL assists with Summer Session Orientations and Orientation/Welcome Week activities.
  • ALPHA ORIENTATION LEADERSHIP CORE - From the group of AOLs , we select individuals to server on the AOLC committee. In addition to their regular AOL duties, these students will assist in the final planning and compile the many materials and folders that advisors and first-years need. They will also serve as leaders to other AOLs.
    **You must have a 2.0 GPA to be eligible and have full availability during Summer and August Orientations


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