University of Vermont

Official 2010-2011 Catalogue Site

2010-11 Online Catalogue

Academic Policies and General Information

Admissions Programs for Undergraduate Students

Early Action

Students applying for first-year status who wish to learn of their admission decision by late December may apply by November 1 under the Early Action program. Candidates admitted under Early Action have until May 1 to pay an Acceptance Fee and are not making a binding commitment to attend the University.

Some Early Action candidates will be deferred until the Admissions Office has reviewed all first-year applicants for fall admission. Deferred applications are automatically reviewed again in March when a final decision is made. Early Action candidates may also be denied admission and do not have the option of re-applying for entry to the same semester.

New England Regional Tuition Break Program

The University of Vermont participates with the other public two-and four-year institutions of higher education in the six New England states in the New England Board of Higher Education's (NEBHE) Tuition Break Program; an option aimed at increasing educational opportunities for the region's students. All approved programs can be accessed at

Beginning in the Fall of 2007, New England resident students enrolling in an approved program are charged 175% of in-state tuition.

UVM Bachelor's degree programs offered for the 2010-11 academic year are:

  • Plant Biology to residents of MA
  • Canadian Studies to residents of CT, MA, NH, and RI
  • Forestry to residents of CT and RI
  • Greek to residents of CT, ME and RI
  • Latin to residents of CT and RI
  • Russian to residents of CT, MA, ME, and RI

For a full listing of programs and policies, contact the New England Board of Higher Education Link out of catalogue site..

Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP)

The Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP) provides an avenue of entry to the University of Vermont for students who are not yet ready to enter an undergraduate degree program. GAP provides advising services and guarantees admission after successful completion of approved academic credit courses taken through Continuing Education. The program is administered cooperatively by Continuing Education, Undergraduate Admissions, and the deans' offices of the colleges and schools within UVM.

To qualify for the Guaranteed Admission Program students must have a high school diploma or GED. Students will complete a minimum of 18 semester credits in approved courses including courses for the proposed major and general education requirements. Any admissions requirements lacking from high school must also be completed.

A few majors may have additional restrictions or may not be accessible through the Guaranteed Admission Program. Please contact Continuing Education Link out of catalogue site. for a list of these programs.

Students should call the Continuing Education Office at (802) 656-2085 or (800) 639-3210 to schedule an appointment with an advisor. A high school transcript as well as a transcript for any previous college work should be provided at the appointment.

The advisor will discuss the program and begin the process of determining the courses needed to complete the contract. If a student has earned previous credits, a copy of his/her transcripts will be forwarded to the Office of Transfer Affairs to determine which courses will transfer to UVM upon admission.

UVM/Tufts B.S./D.V.M. Guaranteed Admission Program

This program allows students to apply for admission to Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine Link out of catalogue site. toward the end of their sophomore year at UVM. Accepted students will be guaranteed admission to Tufts after completing a four year B.S. program at UVM. Students will receive their D.V.M. degree from Tufts after successful completion of the Tufts Veterinary School requirements.

UVM/Massey University (New Zealand) B.S./B.V.Sc. Guaranteed Admission Program

This program allows students to complete their B.S. at UVM and gain automatic admission to Massey University Veterinary School, which is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Students who have completed the basic required courses with a specific GPA, have completed a standardized test, and have had five days of experience with a veterinarian will automatically be accepted into the Massey University Program to obtain their veterinary degree. The program is limited to five students.

Admission to the Honors College

Admission to the Honors College (HC) is based on prior academic performance and students are admitted in one of two ways. First year students are invited to the HC based on the strength of their application for admission to the University; no additional application is required. Approximately 150 first year students comprise each year's class.

Because the College exists to recognize and encourage academic excellence, it also welcomes applications for sophomore admission from students who were not in the HC in the first year, and are among the top performers as first year students at UVM. Sophomore admission requires an application form, a 3.4 grade point average at the end of the first year, a letter of recommendation from a UVM faculty member, and a brief essay. Over 100 sophomores are admitted annually. Students transferring into the first or second year at UVM should contact the Honors College offices to express their interest.