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Volunteer Opportunities

It takes over 1,000 volunteers to make Syracuse Welcome happen. Become a volunteer for Syracuse Welcome and help welcome the newest members of the Orange family to campus each August!  There are a variety of volunteer positions available:

Goon Squad

Since 1944, when the Traditions Commission established the Goon Squad, Goons have been helping incoming first-year and transfer students adjust to college life and spread school spirit throughout campus.  In the early days, squad members would lead cheers at football games and host such events as the annual Goon Show.  Goons also used to make sure first-year students wore their beanies, indicating first-year status.  Today, Goon Squad members are best known as the friendly group of returning students who greet first-year and transfer students as they arrive on campus and help them move into their residence halls.

For more information, visit goonsquad.syr.edu.

Syracuse Welcome Faculty/Staff Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to greet new students and their families during move-in, decorate the campus, and assist with a variety of social events. Approximately 3,700 new first-year and transfer students are expected to arrive in August and your volunteer efforts will ensure they begin their SU experience on the right foot. We welcome all SU faculty, staff, alumni and friends to volunteer, so please feel free to spread the word!

For more information, visit swvolunteers.syr.edu.

Orientation Leaders

An Orientation Leader (OL) is an ambassador for Syracuse Welcome to help incoming students transition to Syracuse University. They assist with move-in, help facilitate large scale events, and serve as a resource for all Orientation and Syracuse related questions. Orientation Leaders are selected after an application and interview process that occurs each semester.

For more information, visit the Orientation Leader website