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Become an Orientation Ambassador

 Apply to be an Orientation Ambassador!

OA Poster

Each year New Student & Sophomore Programs selects a group of dedicated undergraduate leaders to assist with implementing university orientation programs throughout the year. The energetic Orientation Ambassador team serves Southern in a number of capacities including welcoming incoming students and their families to Southern during the summer months, guiding and mentoring students through their orientation, and are committed to helping students with their transition to college life in the first semester and beyond.

Interested in applying? Attend an info session to learn more!Please note that in order to access the application, you must attend an information session.

Information Sessions:

Information Session Dates and Times

Monday, January 22, 1PM, Buley Library 326
Wednesday, January 24, 5pm, Adanti Student Center 301
Wednesday, January 25, 4PM, Buley Library 326
Tuesday, January 30, 12pm, Adanti Student Center 301
Tuesday, January 30, 5PM, Buley Library 326
Wednesday, January 31, 12:00PM, Buley Library 326
Wednesday, January 31, 7pm, Buley Library 326
Thursday, February 1, 5:30PM, Adanti Student Center 301
Monday, February 5, 1PM, Buley Library 326

Questions? Email New Student & Sophomore Programs at or one of the Orientation Coordinators here! 

What is an Orientation Ambassador?

Orientation Ambassadors (OAs) are a team of dedicated and diverse undergraduate students whose primary responsibility is to assist new and transfer students, and their families, with their transition into the Southern Connecticut State University family. They serve as resources, facilitators, and official representatives of the University.

How Do I Apply?

Step 1: Attend a mandatory Information Session. (Please refer to the dates and locations above)

Step 2: Make sure you meet all requirements and are eligible to apply for the position.

Step 3: Complete the online application by the specified deadline. Be sure to complete the required recommendation form.

Step 4: The Office of New Student and Sophomore Programs will be accepting Letters of Recommendation for all applicants. Recommendations should be typed and must be submitted directly to the Office of New Student and Sophomore Programs, located on the 3rd floor of the Buley Library.

Step 5: After you submit the application, there is a selection workshop that all candidates are required to attend. The workshop will include small group activities and ice breakers. Be sure to come as your most authentic self and you'll have a great time!

Step 6: After the selection workshop, upon invitation, you will be asked to participate in a group interview session. Candidates that exemplify the qualities and characteristics that will benefit the 2018 Orientation program will be invited to a group interview.

Frequently Asked Questions

 When and where are the OA information sessions?
The location, dates and times can be found at the top of this page.

 Do I have to attend an information session?
Yes, Information sessions are required to both receive an application and be considered for the position.

 How many OAs will be added to the team?
We are unsure of exactly how many Orientation Ambassadors we will be adding to our 2018 team.

 Is the position open to both commuter and resident students?
Yes. Both are highly encouraged to apply!

 I am a graduate student. Can I be an Orientation Ambassador?
No. Only undergraduate students are eligible for the Orientation Ambassador position.

 I plan to study abroad in the Fall 2018 semester. Can I still be an OA?

Yes, we will work with students who plan to study abroad.

 Do I have to live on campus while employed as an OA?
Yes. Even if an OA has off-campus housing, they must stay in the residence hall during summer training and orientation sessions.

Connect with the Coordinators! 
The Orientation Coordinators (OCs) are third-year Orientation team members with experiences in all aspects of the program. OCs serve as guides and resources for fellow Orientation staff members, as well as mentors for current and incoming students. While working with departments across campus to pilot the direction of the program, the coordinators ensure that everything happens according to the "blueprint."

Sean Wilder

Hometown: Meriden, CT

School: School of Business

Major: Business Concentration in Management 

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2019



Jaquan Nelson

Hometown: New Haven, CT

School: School of Arts & Sciences

Major: Communication, Concentration: Personal and Professional 

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2019


Emily Velidow

Hometown: Salem, CT

School: School of Arts & Sciences

Major: Psychology, Minor: Music

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2019



Shamariah Grant

Hometown: Bridgeport, CT

School: School of Health and Human Services

Major: Social work, Minor: Wellness

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2019



Michael Lauer

Hometown: Naugatuck

School: School of Arts & Sciences

Major: History, Secondary Education, Minor: Psychology

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2019


Isaiah Yopp

Hometown: Norwalk

School: School of Arts & Sciences

Major: Communication, Minor: Sociology

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2019