Student Leadership

Want to grow your leadership skills, build professional experience, make connections with peers and support the Orange community? Fitting for a variety of interests and schedules, explore student leadership opportunities today!

photo of goon squad during move-in

Student Leadership Opportunities

For more information, questions or to express interest while applications are closed, please email New Student and Family Programs or call 315.443.9187.

Open to any returning student. The Goon Squad is one of Syracuse University's oldest traditions dating back to 1944. Upper-division students are trained to welcome new students and their families at their residence halls. Working closely with Orientation Leaders and staff, Goon Squad members provide mentorship to new students through wayfinding, move-in support, sharing resources and more.

Recognized Student Organizations are able to join the Goon Squad and represent their group if four or more members volunteer for at least one shift during Move-In.

Perks: Perks of joining the Goon Squad include the following.

  • Early move-in.
  • Volunteer hours.
  • RSO listed on the back of the Goon Squad t-shirt (if you are representing an RSO).
  • RSO invited to table at the OrangeBlast! Involvement Fair (if you are representing an RSO).
  • Recruit new students for your student organization.
  • Goon Squad swag.

Deadlines: There are multiple deadlines to be a member of the Goon Squad.

  • Friday, June 10, 2022: Recognized Student Organizations registering four or more members for Goon Squad will be featured on the Goon Squad t-shirt.
  • Friday, July 22, 2022: Recognized Student Organizations registering four or more members for Goon Squad will be invited to table at the Orange Blast! Involvement Fair on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022.
  • Friday, July 22, 2022: Individuals not part of a Recognized Student Organization.

Application: Complete the Goon Squad Application.

Contact: Email New Student and Family Programs or call 315.443.9187.

Open to current undergraduate first-generation students. Learn more about 'Cuse First Leaders today!

Due: Coming Soon!

Application: Complete the 'Cuse First Leader application, available in 2022-2023.

Contact: Email New Student and Family Programs or call 315.443.9187.

Open to current undergraduate students that will have completed at least one semester on campus at the end of spring 2023. Learn more about Orientation Leaders today!

Information Sessions: TBD

Due: TBD

Application: 2023-2024 Orientation Leader Applications will be available in Fall 2022.

Open to current undergraduate transfer students. Learn more about Transfer Transition Leaders today!

Due: Coming Soon!

Application: Please complete the Transfer Transition Leader application, available in 2022-2023.