First-year applicants have completed (or will soon complete) secondary school coursework and have not yet attended college or university. This section is for those applicants who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees or asylees only. Explore the first-year application process:
The University of Vermont selects those students who demonstrate great potential for success at the university. We consider:
- The rigor of a student's academic program (e.g., honors or AP course work)
- Standing in the graduating class
- Standardized test results
- Trends in performance
- The competitive nature of the student's prior academic environment
All applicants must complete the following requirements prior to enrolling at UVM (one college semester generally substitutes for one high school year). Please review these minimum requirements, as well as additional requirements (below) for each of our undergraduate schools and colleges. Note: all applicants apply to one of our seven undergraduate schools and colleges according to their selected major.
Minimum entrance requirements
- four years of English
- three years of mathematics (Algebra I, Algebra II and geometry (or equivalents)
- two years of the same foreign language (American sign language meets this requirement)
- three years of a natural or physical science, including a laboratory science
- three years of social sciences
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 equal to one year of high school study. Any exceptions to these requirements are made on a case-by-case basis.
Admitted Student Profile
Class ranking* of students admitted for Fall 2015
- Top 10%: 40%
- Top 25%: 77%
- Top 50%: 97%
*38% attended high schools reporting exact class rank.
SAT/ACT Score Ranges for Middle 50% of Admitted Students*
- SAT Critical Reading: 550-670
- SAT Math: 570-670
- SAT Writing: 560-670
- ACT: 26-31
*Information regarding SAT Score Choice and ACT Super Scoring: UVM considers your highest section scores across all SAT and ACT dates submitted. Applicants are encouraged to send scores from every SAT or ACT test date in which they received a top score in each section. Final admissions decisions are based only on your highest section scores, and UVM updates applicant records each time we receive new scores.
AP, IB, CLEP and credit for other courses/exams taken
To learn about credit given for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and other courses/exams taken in high school, visit our section on transferring other credits.
Requirements and/or Recommendations by UVM Schools/Colleges
When applying to UVM, all applicants apply to one of the following seven schools or colleges. Additional entrance requirements or recommendations for each are listed here:
Agriculture and Life Sciences
Required: 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 (precalculus/calculus is preferred).
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.
Note to music majors: Candidates for entry into UVM as a music major seeking the B.A. or the B.Mus. degree must complete an audition as part of the process. Auditions are required for any student who wishes to be a music major. Visit the Music Department's website for details.
Required: Four years of math with high achievement, including at least one year beyond Algebra II. Trigonometry, precalculus, or calculus preferred.
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.
Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
Required: Four years of math, including trigonometry or precalculus. One year of chemistry and one year of physics for all engineering majors. All other majors: two years of a laboratory-based science.
The 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.
Nursing and Health Sciences
Required: 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 work beyond chemistry and biology in the senior year of high school for all majors. One year of physics is recommended for medical radiation sciences and athletic training majors.
Read and/or print the Guidelines for Applying (PDF)
Important Codes for Applying
- UVM College Board Code: 3920
- ACT Code: 4322
- FAFSA Title IV Code: 003696
- TOEFL Code: 3920
There is no IELTS code; students taking this test should indicate the results be sent to:University of Vermont
Office of Admissions
194 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401
- Regular notification: Jan. 15
- Early action: November 1
- Spring semester: November 1
Note: Applications are due on or by the deadline. Supplemental materials may arrive shortly after the deadline. View all dates/deadlines.
Official SAT or ACT scores with writing component (official only if submitted directly from the testing agency)
Note: UVM considers your highest section scores across all SAT and ACT dates submitted. Applicants are encouraged to send scores from every SAT or ACT test date in which they received a top score in each section. Final admissions decisions are based only on your highest section scores, and UVM updates applicant records each time we receive new scores.
High School/Secondary School Information
- Official high school transcript sent directly to Admissions by your high school
- First quarter grades (For Early Action candidates only)
- Mid-year grades
- One letter of recommendation is required
$55 (U.S.) nonrefundable application fee (Vermont first-year applicants who apply by November 1 under Early Action will have their application fee waived. Cash is not an accepted form of payment.)
Students applying for financial aid should file the FAFSA by February 10 (priority deadline).
AP, IB, CLEP and credit for other courses/exams taken
Advanced Placement (AP)
Credit is granted for AP exam scores of 4 or 5 in most subjects; scores of 3 are accepted in some areas. Please consult our complete AP chart (PDF). To receive credit, either submit your official AP Score Report from the College Board with your application for admission, or once admitted/enrolled, submit your official score report from the College Board directly to the Office of Transfer Affairs.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
If you have completed International Baccalaureate (IB) coursework and received a score of 5 or greater on higher level IB exams, you may be eligible for transfer credit (UVM does not award credit for standard level IB exams). It is not necessary to have completed the entire IB curriculum to qualify for transfer credit.
Please submit an official IB transcript along with your application for admission. Up to one year of introductory level credit may be awarded in a discipline. If you are admitted to UVM and have questions about IB credit review, please contact the Office of Transfer Affairs.
College credit taken in high school
College level coursework completed in high school may be eligible for transfer credit. Coursework must be through a regionally accredited, degree-granting college or university and may be taught within a high school setting; an example of a high school-based program is the Syracuse University Project Advance Program (SUPA). Please submit all official transcripts of college coursework along with your application; transcripts will be reviewed upon admission to the university.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Students taking College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams may receive transfer credit, provided a similar course of study was not attempted at the college level. The credit award depends on the year you took the exam as well as your score. A minimum score for most exams is 50 (comparable to a grade of C). To see how CLEP scores are awarded at UVM, please consult the CLEP Comparability Guide (PDF).
Credit for CLEP exams may be applied toward distribution requirements and toward total semester hours when approved by the dean of the UVM college to which you have been admitted. To receive credit, an official score report must be sent directly by the College Board to UVM's Office of Transfer Affairs. Transcripts from other institutions displaying your CLEP scores cannot be used to award credit. For information about how to order an official score report, please contact the College Board.
Credit for international post-secondary examinations
Due to the rigorous nature of some international educational systems, the following exams may also be eligible for transfer credit:
- Advanced-Level General Certificate of Education Examinations of the British Examination Councils (A-levels)
- German Abitur
- Colleges d' Enseignement General et Professional (CEGEP) in Quebec, Canada: Only the second and third years of CEGEP are eligible for transfer credit; the first year is not eligible.
- Scottish Certificate of Sixth Year Studies: Students must earn a pass of A, B, or C.
For information about receiving credit for these exams, contact the Office of Transfer Affairs.
If you have questions about transferring any of these types of credit before or during the application process, please contact the Office of Admissions via e-mail or phone:
- Phone: (802) 656-3370
- E-mail: email@example.com
Students who are admitted should contact the Office of the Registrar, Transfer Affairs directly with questions about credit transfer:
- Phone: (802) 656-0867
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org