University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

First-Year Experience

Dean's Signature Full-Year Integrated TAP Programs

Another TAP option is for students to participate in one of the four Dean's Signature Full-Year Integrated TAP Programs. Students in these residentially-based TAP programs enroll in four to six connected seminars and live together. They are designated “Dean’s Signature” programs because they are designed for highly motivated first-year students with strong academic records.

By integrating faculty from a variety of disciplines, these programs strengthen students’ intellectual, creative and expressive abilities by providing both breadth and depth. A year of living with academically accomplished and motivated students provides a number of benefits that help promote academic and social success. In addition, the Integrated TAP Programs have been a success indicator for students interested in applying for sophomore admissions to the Honors College. Admission to a program is by application and students can be admitted before coming to Orientation. We encourage students to apply early.

Honors College Students

There are two options for Arts and Sciences Honors College students who are interested in joining one of the Dean's Signature Full-Year Integrated TAP Programs. They are:

  1. Accept their Honors College offer and then apply to one of the Dean's Signature Full-Year Integrated TAP Programs. Each integrated program reserves up to two places for Honors College students. If accepted to an integrated program, the student enrolls in both the Honors College seminar and the Integrated Program seminars. Under this option students retain their enrollment in the Honors College while also being a member of the Integrated Program. Students have the choice to live with other Integrated Program students in one of the Residential Learning Communities or to live in Honors College housing.
  2. After applying and being admitted to one of the Dean's Signature Full-Year Integrated TAP Programs, decline the Honors College offer. In the spring semester, students can apply to the Honors College for sophomore year admission.