Family Orientation Student Leader FAQs

Below you’ll find answers to common questions about the Family Orientation Student Leader (FOSL) position. If you do not find the answer to your question below, please email us or call our office at 512-471-8262(Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CT).


How many hours a week do FOSLs work?

FOSLs work from 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (with an hour lunch break and dinner included) for Freshman Family Orientation sessions that occur on Mondays and 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (with lunch included) for Transfer Family Orientation sessions that occur on Thursdays.

Who is eligible to be a Family Orientation Student Leader?

All UT students enrolled in classes during the 2020 spring semester. *Even if you are graduating in May of 2020, you can still work for Family Orientation this summer.

Can I work for Family Orientation and take summer classes at the same time?

Yes! Many FOSLs in the past have taken classes while working for Family Orientation. The office will work with your schedule as best as they can, in some cases you can even take classes that meet on the Monday of the program.

What kind of training will I receive?

Before orientation begins, FOSLs will attend two-weeks of training to get to know the team, learn about UT resources, and practice day-to-day responsibilities.

Are Family Orientation and Student Orientation connected?

Will I work with Student Orientation at all? The Family Orientation program remains separate from the Student Orientation program throughout the day except for the BBQ held by Texas Parents at the end of the day where new students join their families for a BBQ dinner.

What are the perks of working as a FOSL?

Flexible scheduling, leadership experience, access to Gregory Gym throughout the summer, the opportunity to learn more about UT and further integrate yourself into the UT community, and free BBQ at the end of each orientation session!

Will I have to speak on stage?

While some FOSLs may have the opportunity to speak on stage, it is not a requirement.

What skills do I need to be a good FOSL?

Family Orientations Student Leaders interact with thousands of new Longhorn Families throughout the summer and should be:

  • Enthusiastic about UT
  • Professional
  • Able to work with a team
  • Effective communicators
  • Comfortable speaking about personal experiences

Does orientation last all summer? / How many sessions/weeks will I work?

Orientation lasts for 7 weeks in June and July and occurs on the Monday of each New Student Orientation session. The mandatory dates are listed in the application.

Family Orientation is an all-day program, will meals be provided to staff?

FOSLs will have a lunch break where you can grab something to eat at the SAC or bring a packed lunch. At the end of the day, FOSLs will be invited to enjoy BBQ with the new Longhorn Families.

What happens if it rains?

The Family Orientation program will run rain or shine, but in the event of poor weather we will provide umbrellas and ponchos and we will try to relocate as much of the event inside as possible.

How many families come to orientation?

Last year we served over 5,600 families (10,000+ attendees total) throughout all orientation sessions.

Where does Family Orientation take place?

Most of the program takes place in Gregory Gym and in the William C. Powers Jr., Student Activity Center.

What happens if I get sick or can’t make it to one of the Orientation sessions?

If there is a pre-approved conflict or you get sick, we will do our best to work with you and make sure your responsibilities are covered in your absence.

What does a typical day of working as a FOSL look like?

A day in the life of a FOSL can look very different depending on the tasks assigned. We’d be happy to discuss this further in your interview

How much do FOSLs get paid?

Family Orientation Student Leaders make $8.25/hr.

Is Housing Provided?

No, housing is not provided since the Family Orientation program only occurs one day out of the week. 

Is Parking Provided?

No, a parking pass is not provided. The staff will work to provide alternative solutions, if neccesary.