University of Vermont

WOW Squad

Week of Welcome (WOW)

Applications for WOW Squad 2018 are now closed. Please visit this page in January 2019 for information on fall 2019 recruitment.

What is WOW??

Now in its 17th year, Week of Welcome, affectionately known as WOW, has become an important tradition at the University of Vermont for both new and returning undergrads. The WOW Squad is a group of energetic students who serve as guides, hosts, and friendly faces to incoming first-year students (as well as our returning students) during the first week of school. There will be a number of fun events for the WOW Squad to facilitate, including Coffee At The Catamount, Back2SchoolBash, and Labor Day Comedy Show. The WOW Squad will serve as the production crew to make this happen.

What is the time commitment?

WOW Squad members must commit to Week of Welcome 2018, from Wednesday, August 22 through Wednesday, September 5. This includes:

  • Mandatory training (August 22 - 23)
  • First-Year move-in & Opening Weekend (August 24 - 26) 
  • Week of Welcome: WOW officially starts on the first day of classes (Monday, August 27) and continues through ActivitiesFest (Wednesday, September 5).
Approximately 20-30 events take place over the course of Week of Welcome. WOW Squad members must be willing to work at approximately half of all WOW events. Shifts are selected during training based upon your availability/class schedule. If you are involved in activities that may conflict with your availability (Trek, RA, etc), please contact us prior to filling out an application.

What is the compensation?

  • WOW t-shirt & swag
  • A $300 stipend for between August 22 to September 5
  • Free meals during training (and select shifts)
  • Early move-in prior to training (for on campus housing) 
  • An awesome experience!

Who can apply?

  • Current UVM students in good academic and judicial standing.
  • Applicants must be available for a WOW Squad group interview on Sunday, February 25. 
  • WOW Squad must commit to the Week of Welcome program from August 22 - September 5. WOW Squaders should not have any major commitments (other than classes) during this time. Please contact us with questions about specific circumstances.


Need more info? Email with Attention: WOW Squad Application. 

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