First year programs at UVM
There's also Old Mill, which is the first building ever built at UVM. It used to house all the professors, the students, the classes, the eating facilities, where they slept. That was it. UVM is a lot bigger school now. Old Mill, right now, is home to a lot of the departments in the Arts and Sciences, which is the largest of the seven colleges at UVM (it's about 50% of the student population). Departments include economics, political science, geography, women and gender studies, a lot of the social sciences.
Virtually every college offers some kind of first-year experience class. In the College of Arts and Sciences it's called the TAP Program, which stands for Teacher Advisory Program. The way it works is you take a one-semester seminar class that is taught by a UVM professor, and there are only first-year students in the class, capped at 20 students, so you get small classroom setting. So, it's a great opportunity for students who are undeclared to get a taste of something they might be interested in. It's also a great opportunity for students who are interested in a certain subject, to test out the waters, see if this is the right program for them or not. And then your professor acts as your advisor. So, they help you pick out your second-semester classes, they help you figure out what minor program might be good for you, whether this is the right major for you, whether you want a double major, a double minor--they just help you get through your first year, and make sure that you're on track and taking some of your requirements, and just moving through your undergraduate career smoothly.
There are also year-long programs that students can take, such as Integrated Study of the Earth and the Environment, the Fine Arts Integrated Program, Social Sciences and Humanities--and the awesome thing about those programs is that it has an overarching theme that students take two classes per semester around; but then you also live with those 18 other students, so you become extremely close with them. I was in the ISEE program as a first-year student, and those people are still my roommates today as a senior, which is really cool. So, you really bond with them and it helps makes the big university immediately very small.
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