University of Vermont

2011-12 Online Catalogue

Policies and General Information

Admissions Programs for Undergraduate Students

Early Action

Students applying as first-year degree-seeking students 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.

Regular Decision Students may apply as first-year degree-seeking students by January 15 for consideration for fall semester entrance. Students who complete their application for admission will be notified of an admissions decision by late March. Regular decision applicants may be denied admission or offered a place on the waiting list.

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 the New England Board of Higher Education Link out of catalogue site. Web site.

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 2011-12 academic year are:

  • Plant Biology to residents of MA
  • Canadian Studies to residents of CT, MA, NH, and RI
  • Forestry to residents of CT, MA 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 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 are required to complete a minimum of eighteen semester credits in approved courses including courses for the proposed major and general education requirements requirements and earn a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. 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 Doctor of Physical Therapy 3+3 undergraduate-to-graduate accelerated program

This program is designed for high-ability students to complete their undergraduate and Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in six years. Students interested in pursuing this track apply by checking the 3+3 box on the Common Application supplement as part of the undergraduate application to UVM. Interested applicants must also designate an approved major. The Office of Admissions reviews student application for their major and the 3+3 program separately. It is possible for students to be admitted to the university and to their major and not to the 3+3 program. Notification of admission to the 3+3 program is sent to admitted applicants by the end of March.

Approved Undergraduate Majors

  • Exercise and Movement Science and Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Biological Sciences or Nutrition and Food Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Within the College of Arts and Sciences there are many majors available to students pursuing the DPT in the 3+3 format.

Students admitted into the UVM 3+3 program work with their undergraduate major advisor to complete the pre-requisite DPT courses and their major courses in three years. Students are required to attend mandatory meetings with the Physical Therapy department each semester. Their progress, cumulative GPA, and pre-requisite DPT course GPA are reviewed each semester. For more information about the program and requirements, consult the Physical Therapy Link out of catalogue site. Web site.

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.

UVM/Ontario Veterinary College

The University of Vermont and the University of Guelph Ontario Veterinary (OVC), an accredited veterinary school which provides a degree in Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, have an agreement whereby OVC will hold two places in the first year of the program for students from the University of Vermont who meet the requirements for admission. These places may not be occupied by students who are Canadian citizens or who hold Canadian Permanent Residency status. The places will be held until the end of March for entrance in September of the same year. Students may apply for admission to the program via the Veterinary Medical College Application Service or directly to OVC through its normal application process for international applicants. For admission, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the sciences and meet the minimum score for the Graduate Record exam (GRE).

Additional coursework include two semesters each of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and biology, all with labs and one semester each of calculus, statistics, biochemistry, genetics, and cell biology. For additional information, contact Helen Maciejewski, Department of Animal Sciences, 102 Terrill Hall, UVM, Burlington, VT 05405, call 802-656-0155, or email

The University of Vermont (UVM) and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, the University of Edinburgh (UoE, R(D)SVS) Placement Agreement

The University of Vermont (UVM) and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, the University of Edinburgh (UoE, R(D)SVS) have entered into an early entrance admission placement program that will make available three guaranteed places for UVM early application students. Application to the UoE, R(D)SVS early admission program can be made at the end of the second year (four semesters) with predetermined science and math courses completed and a minimum GPA of 3.4. If accepted, the 3.4 or above GPA has to be maintained until the time of graduation. Admitted students must receive adequate animal handling experience throughout their residence at UVM. The type of experience required can be coordinated between the student and the UoE, R(D)SVS. Opportunity will exist to credit some components of UVM teaching in animal husbandry and animal handling as accredited prior learning for the Edinburgh degree. Advice will be given by UoE, in consultation with UVM as to what courses can be credited. If requested, opportunity to undertake a 4 week vacation clinical placement (companion animal and/or equine) at R(D)SVS will be available to all students in the program.

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. More than 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.

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