University of Vermont

  • First-time, first-year students sign up for courses during June Orientation. Transfer students sign up for courses after receiving instructions from their academic unit once the acceptance fee has been paid. More registration Q/A >>

    As a first-year student at UVM, you can choose to live in programmed housing. There are Residential Learning Communities, such as the Dewey House for Civic Engagement and the GreenHouse and the new WE community; there are Living/Learning programs; and there is interest housing, such as Gender Neutral Housing and S.A.F.E. Get an overview of housing at UVM.

    Every new student is paired with a professor prepared to assist with academic planning, such as course selection. Students with an undeclared major will be matched with an advisor specialized in helping guide them in exploring and choosing an area of focus. As students refine interests, it is not uncommon to change advisors. More about advising >>

    It is not at all uncommon for first-year students to change majors prior to enrolling or during their first or second years at UVM. Selecting a different major sometimes involves changing from one undergraduate school or college within the university to another. Provided a student is in good academic standing and that space is available in the new area of study selected, requests for a major change are usually considered. There are some programs with extra requirements or restrictions on major changes. If you have any questions about changing your major, you may wish to contact an admissions counselor. Otherwise, we will take major requests in writing to (please include your full name, birth date, mailing address, and the major for which you would like to be considered).

  • Many applicants receive credit for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or other courses and exams taken in high school. More on transferring credits >>

    The University of Vermont considers the on-campus living experience an integral and necessary part of the total education of its students. For that reason, all first-time first-year students are required to live on campus for four consecutive matriculated semesters (ie: first year and sophomore year). First-time, first-year students are assigned to a room based on the preferences they select on their Housing and Meal Plan Contract (ie: academic break housing, special interest housing, roommate(s), room style and room type preferences).
    More on the Residential Life website >>

    Students who qualify for Federal Financial Aid may be eligible for positions through the federal Work Study program. Please contact the Student Employment Office for more information about these positions. For other on-campus job opportunities, please consult the Career Center. Many students also find employment at businesses within the Burlington area.

    The first semester of your first year is not too soon to begin thinking about internships, research opportunities, study abroad and how your classes and these experiences will help you launch a career or gain admission to a well-matched graduate program. We’ve created a map – the 4YP (4-Year Plan for Success ) — to help guide you. We also encourage you to visit The Career + Experience Hub soon after you arrive on campus.

  • Our new WE community may be the perfect fit for you. Burlington is home to a 7 mile bike path along the lake and hiking, skiing and riding trails are less than 20 minutes away.

    It’s easy to get involved in intramural sports. Both team sports and individual/dual events exist, as well as co-ed and same-sex teams. Join a residence hall team, or a team through another campus organization. Don't have a team? Sign up as a free-agent and let a team find you. More about the different intramural programs >>

    There are a lot of great ways to get involved with the music scene, at UVM and in Burlington. More about music at UVM >> More about Burlington, VT >> The Arts on- and off-campus >>

    There are plenty of ways to get around campus and Burlington, to the mountains, or even to NYC or Boston. More on transportation on campus >>

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  • UVM has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists for being among the nation's most bike-friendly universities. That's thanks, in part, to the student-run club BUG, the Bike Users Group.

  • Julian Tryba's senior capstone engineering project reached serious heights: the creation of a flying, filming robot that uses smartphone technology to enable its handsfree functionality.

  • "It's all about catching together, driving together, pulling together," says UVM Crew member William White. UVM Today joined the team on the Lamoille River for an early morning spring practice to see what motivates the rowers' dedication to the sport -- a university tradition since 1986.

  • UVMinute: Bagpiper and UVM senior Jonathan Besett, a Community Development and Applied Economics major, practices on the UVM Green for his trip to the world championships in Glasgow, Scotland this August. Hear him warming up.

  • University of Vermont Environmental Program and Global Studies student Jens Pharr collects compost on the UVM campus by bicycle. Jens works for One Revolution Bicycle Delivery Cooperative in Burlington, Vermont.

  • James M. Jeffords Hall, a new life sciences building that opened its doors to students in the fall of 2010, is one of the largest and most significant academic structures ever built on the UVM campus. Its faculty research labs and seven undergraduate teaching labs are cutting edge, full of state-of-the-art equipment.

  • For several weeks, ten senior nursing students accompanied Associate Professor Sarah Abrams to Kamuli, Uganda. There, the group immersed themselves in the health care of rural Uganda, from improving sanitation in and around homes to delivering babies at the local mission hospital.