Starting your academic career can be a scary, stressful, yet ultimately exciting time - for students and families alike. We're sure you have a lot of questions and hope that our site has answered most of them for you, but realistically, we know it's impossible to cover everything.

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Orientation Leaders (more frequently referred to as OLs) are upper class student leaders who help new students make a successful and smooth transition into UVM by serving as resources and role models by providing help and advice to incoming students and their families during orientation sessions throughout the summer! We will be hiring to fill these roles within the next couple of months, so check back for more information on how to apply!



  • Akilah Ho-youngAkilah Ho-Young (Student Orientation Coordinator)

    Class: 2019
    Hometown: Bronx, NY
    College: Arts & Sciences
    Academic Interest: Sociology, Spanish, and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
    Advice for First Year Students: Get involved with the UVM community and always practice self-care.

  • Laura Beth AkinsLaura Beth Akins (Student Orientation Coordinator)

    Class: 2019
    Hometown: Attalla, Alabama
    College: Arts & Sciences
    Academic Interest: Public Communications 
    Fun Fact: I am involved in Chi Alpha and The Wellness Environment!

  • Laura Beth AkinsDavid Smith (Transfer Student Orientation Coordinator)

    Class: 2019
    Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
    College: College of Arts and Sciences
    Academic Interest: History
    Fun Fact: I'm an intramural referee on campus, and the love of my life is my cat. 

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed


Contact Info

Tel: (802) 656-4136
Fax: (802) 656-7731


Physical Address

227 Commons, L/L
633 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05405


Central Staff

Erin Baker

Program Director 
Orientation & New Student Programs

Eric Carnaje

Eric Carnaje

Program Coordinator
Orientation & First Year Experience

Veronica Fields


Veronica Fields

Graduate Asst. for Orientation

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Addie Chris

Assistant to the Director