Policies and General Information
Admissions Requirements and Recommendations by UVM College/School
Each of the university's undergraduate colleges and schools reserves the right to set additional requirements for their majors and to recommend courses of study beyond the minimum presented below.
Minimum Entrance Requirements
At a minimum, candidates for all majors at UVM are expected to have met the following requirements prior to entry:
- 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.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Required courses: One year of biology and one year of chemistry for science majors.
Recommended: Candidates are strongly encouraged to take one year of physics and at least one year of math beyond Algebra II (calculus is preferred).
College of Arts and Sciences
Recommended: Course work across the span of liberal arts disciplines; four years of math, including trigonometry; foreign language study all four years of high school.
School of Business Administration
Required: Four years of mathematics with high achievement, including at least one year beyond Algebra II (trigonometry, pre-calculus or calculus are preferred).
College of Education and Social Services
Recommended: One year of biology for Human Development and Family Studies and Social Work majors.
Math and science course work beyond the minimum for Teacher Education majors.
College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
Required: Four years of mathematics, including trigonometry or pre-calculus. One year of chemistry and one year of physics for all engineering majors. All other majors: two years of a laboratory-based science.
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Required: One year of biology and one year of chemistry or physics. Additional year of college preparatory math beyond Algebra II.
Required: Admission to one of the seven undergraduate colleges and schools at UVM. Completion of the most challenging courses offered by the student's high school. Admission is by invitation; no application is required.
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Required courses: One year of biology and one year of chemistry for all majors; four years of math, including trigonometry or pre-calculus; one year of physics for Exercise and Movement Science majors.
Recommended: Additional science course beyond chemistry and biology in the senior year of high school for all majors in the college. One year of physics is recommended for applicants to the Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine Technology and Athletic Training majors.