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2011-12 Online Catalogue

Policies and General Information

Admissions Criteria for Undergraduate Students

The University of Vermont welcomes applications from students of diverse backgrounds. Through a holistic admissions review, we select students with potential for academic success who will contribute to our community. The rigor of an applicant’s academic program; class standing and grades; standardized test results; and trends in performance are considered. Essays, recommendations, and other evidence of each student’s life experience also assist our evaluation. Admission decisions are made without regard to family financial circumstances.

In recognition of the university’s focus on engaging with global, national, and state issues, UVM’s admissions policies attempt to balance geographic diversity, diversity of racial, ethnic, and international backgrounds with a firm commitment to residents of the state of Vermont.

In addition, transfer candidates are evaluated on performance in college level course work completed, standing at previous institutions, and/or other educational credentials appropriate to educational history. For transfer candidates who present fewer than thirty semester credits, the high school record is more heavily weighted. With thirty or more credits the college record assumes more importance; the high school record will help determine completion of entrance requirements for the selected field of study. Course work not completed at the high school level may be fulfilled by the equivalent college level academic work. Students who were wait-listed or denied admission previously as high school students should be working toward completion of a minimum of thirty semester credits at the point of transfer application to UVM.

University Admissions’ staff reviews applications and renders final admission decisions. Academic unit representatives are consulted on a case-by-case basis when a candidate’s credentials are inconclusive. Admission policies are developed by the Office of Admissions in collaboration with the Colleges and Schools that constitute The University of Vermont and are subject to review by The University of Vermont Faculty Senate, the Office of the Provost, and the Vice President for Enrollment Management.

At a minimum, candidates for admission are expected to complete the entrance requirements prior to enrollment that have been established by the UVM faculty to ensure exposure to broad fields of intellectual inquiry; some programs require further study as indicated in the next sections. Most successful candidates have exceeded the minimums in all or most areas and, in many cases, present honors level course work, Advanced Placement or other rigorous course work in some areas.

At a minimum, candidates for all majors at UVM are expected to have met the following requirements prior to enrollment.

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of Mathematics (algebra I, geometry, algebra II or equivalent courses)
  • 3 years of social science
  • 2 years of natural or physical science, including a lab science
  • 2 years of the same foreign language; (American Sign Language meets this requirement.)

Most successful applicants exceed the minimum entrance requirements. Any exceptions to these requirements are made on a case-by-case basis.

Course work not completed at the high school level may be fulfilled by equivalent college level academic work.

In general, one semester of college work is considered the equivalent of one year of high school study.

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