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Office of New Student and Family Programs

Student Orientation Guides

Student Orientation Guide (SOG) Applications are Now Live!

Do you…

  • Have a passion for building the Butler community?
  • Want to make a difference in the lives of new students?

Apply to be a Student Orientation Guide (SOG)! Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, January 17.

The 2019 Student Orientation Guides posing for a photo in front of the Holcomb Observatory.

What is a Student Orientation Guide (SOG)?

SOGs are student leaders who are selected to lead a group of incoming and transfer students throughout Welcome Week and their first year on campus. These student leaders serve as mentors and role models to new students, facilitate group discussions and presentations, and are an invaluable part of the Welcome Week team.


How Do I Apply for the SOG role?

New Student Orientation Guides

  • Step 1: Complete the Student Orientation Guide ApplicationApplications are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, January 17.
  • Step 2: Particpate in the first round of interviews, scheduled for January 23–25. Students who apply will have access to sign up beginning at 12:00 PM on Sunday, January 19.
  • Step 3: Following the first round of interviews, students invited to the second round of interviews will participate in interviews scheduled for February 4, 7, and 8.

Returning Student Orientation Guides


Please email or call 317-940-9263.

What is a SOG Group?

A Student Orientation Guide (SOG) Group is the group of students who you will experience Welcome Week alongside. If you are a first year student, this group consists of the other students in your First Year Seminar (FYS) course. If you are a transfer student, your group consists of other transfer students also starting classes at Butler. Each group is led by at least two Student Orientation Guides (SOGs)!

What is a Student Orientation Coordinator (SOC)?

Student Orientation Coordinators (SOCs) are student leaders who have previously served as a Student Orientation Guide and are now helping plan Welcome Week! SOCs are responsible for leading a team of over 150 Student Orientation Guides, planning late night events, and assiting with the overall logistics of Welcome Week. Student Orientation Coordinators work with New Student and Family Programs staff from January to October to ensure that Welcome Week is a success!

The 2019 Student Orientation Coordinators posing with Butler Blue III