Office of Undergraduate Advising


The Office of Undergraduate Advising supports the University of Connecticut’s mission to help every student grow intellectually and become a contributing member of the state, national, and world communities.​

The Office of Undergraduate Advising supports this mission by:

  • providing leadership, advocacy, and strategic planning for UConn’s undergraduate advising community,​
  • ensuring effective, equitable, and culturally competent advising practices,
  • sharing critical communications, resources, and support with undergraduates as well as the academic advising community,
  • delivering robust advisor onboarding, training, and professional development, and​
  • facilitating connections and collaboration between academic advisors and campus partners.​

The Office of Undergraduate Advising actively promotes and enhances holistic student success, retention, and graduation. Through innovative and inclusive advising, a culture of collaboration, and data-driven decision making, we are transforming UConn’s campus climate and building a welcoming and anti-racist community.


    Erin Ciarimboli, Ph.D.Director of Undergraduate Advising

    In her role as director of undergraduate advising, Dr. Ciarimboli collaborates with faculty and staff across UConn’s campuses to enhance undergraduate advising efforts and promote student success through equitable and inclusive practices, collaborative partnerships, innovative problem solving, and data-driven decision making. She joined UConn in May 2020, first as the Director of University Advising and Pre-Professional Advising, after working in student affairs for the University of Georgia and Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio).

    Erin enjoys working with students to encourage exploration, critical reflection, and value-driven engagement in their academic journeys. She is passionate about social justice and access to higher education; during her time in Georgia, she was a proud leader of U-Lead Athens, a nonprofit dedicated to equal access to higher education for un(der)documented and first-generation students of immigrant families. Dr. Ciarimboli received her BA in Psychology from the University of Kentucky, her MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University, and her PhD in Higher Education from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia.


    Kelly Gilbert, Assistant Director for Engagement, Learning, and Development

    In her role as Assistant Director for Engagement, Learning, and Development, Kelly provides educational services, programming, and advocacy for elevating undergraduate advising practices and program development. These include the development and implementation of advisor onboarding, training, and professional development. Kelly leads in the strategic planning and implementation of the university’s scholastic standing process, which includes specializing in identifying students at risk and ways to support students of color and other marginalized populations. Kelly also works collaboratively with advising leaders and senior administration to identify gaps and eliminate barriers to advisor and student success in areas such as data, technology, and communication.

    Kelly has served in several roles at UConn since 2006 and joined the Office of Undergraduate Advising in 2018. Kelly earned her BS at the University of Connecticut in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences with a concentration in molecular techniques, where her clinical research focus was on aneusomic patterns in breast cancer tumors.



    Contact Us

    Office of Undergraduate Advising
    University of Connecticut
    Rowe Center for Undergraduate Education
    Room 424
    368 Fairfield Way
    Storrs, CT 06269