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First-Year Experience Ambassadors (formerly known as Orientation Leaders and Parent & Family Ambassadors) play a critical role in shaping a student's first-year experience at UK. First-Year Experience Ambassadors assist in facilitating the Big Blue Nation Orientations and Merit Days. FYE Ambassadors also have opportunities to work with K Week and Family Weekend.

FYE Ambassadors lead new student groups, assist with the check-in and registration processes, assist new students with schedule-making and acclimation to campus life, and many other orientation processes.

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Qualifications and Skills

  • Must be a full-time student at UK for fall 2024
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to assist others
  • Positive attitude and professional demeanor
  • Flexible and willing to take initiative
  • Enthusiastic and passionate about UK
  • Working knowledge of campus, campus buildings and campus history


  • Must commit to attending and participating in spring and summer training (beginning June 3, 2024)
  • Must commit to working all of our in-person summer orientations (June 17 - July 12, 2024)
  • Expected to assist in-person Merit Days (including one over Spring Break) in March 2024
  • Opportunities to support K Week (August 2024) and Family Weekend (September 2024)
  • Opportunities to assist in-person BBN Orientations in August 2024 and January 2025


  • On-campus housing in Jewell Hall is provided during your summer training and summer orientations (June 2 - July 13, 2024)
  • FYE Ambassador pay of $12/ hour
  • Branded uniform tops will be provided
  • Tremendous opportunity for lifelong friends and leadership skills development

As a First-Year Experience Ambassador, you have the unique opportunity to welcome incoming students and their families and guests to the University of Kentucky! You will interact with variety of students – freshmen, transfer, returning – and their guests at Big Blue Nation Orientation and more events during the year. It is your job to help them make the transition from their previous academic institution to UK memorable and enjoyable. Being an FYE Ambassador also helps you learn more about UK and make long-lasting connections across campus.  

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