University of Vermont

January Orientation

Orientation Students

January Orientation

January Orientation is for both new first-year students and transfer students. The program provides you with an opportunity to learn the requirements of your academic unit, meet with a faculty advisor to plan/review your courses, register or adjust your course schedule and become familiar with campus life. These activities are designed to prepare you to begin classes on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

If you have paid your acceptance fee to the Admissions Office and you are a new first-year student, a transfer student from another institution, or a transfer student from UVM's Continuing Education, you will find the Orientation program an important step in starting your academic career at the University of Vermont.

Orientation is free for students. Parents and family members are welcome to attend the program, but we ask they are included in the online registration.

Registering for January Orientation

To register for our January Orientation program on Friday, January 15th, please complete the registration form at the following link:

Registrations AFTER Monday, January 10th must be completed by calling the orientation office at (802) 656-4136.

Registering for Spring Courses

The online course registration process allows you to register for spring classes prior to attending January Orientation. Although you are not required to do so, this option allows you to create your course schedule at your earliest convenience. At Orientation, a representative from your College will be available, if needed, to help you review and finalize your schedule and answer any questions you may have. You will soon receive materials from your Dean's office with complete instructions on this process, including course selection information.

Traveling to UVM

If you're unfamilliar with the Burlington area, or need ideas as to how you can get to campus for Orientation - please take a moment to look through our list of travel resources.


On-campus parking for January Orientation attendees will be available the day of your program. A parking pass will be provided for you to print off and display on your dashboard in late December. Please check back closer to that time for the link and/or check the Orientation Reminder E-mail sent to your UVM e-mail account in advance of the Orientation date for further information.

Living on campus

If you plan to, or are required to, live on campus you must complete a request for housing through the Department of Residential Life.

Orientation participants who have been assigned a room will be permitted to move in on Friday, January 15th from 8am - 4pm. Students must check-in at the main desk of the complex they have been assigned to. Students living on campus should make sure they have gotten their CatCard (student I.D. card) before moving in, as they will need this to enter their residence hall.

Got housing questions? The Department of Residential Life is your go-to for all things regarding on-campus housing. They can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (802) 656-3434.

January Orientation 2016 - Schedule at a Glance

Friday, January 15th

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Check-In (Davis Center, 4th Floor)
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Welcome, Campus Life Session, & Lunch (Davis Center, 4th Floor)
11:45 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Orientation Leader Meetings / Student Panel for Families

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Academic Unit Meeting, Academic Advising, & Course Registration Support
1:00 p.m. & 2:15 p.m. Campus Bus Tour (depart from the 3rd floor of the Davis Center)

Questions about this January Orientation schedule? Please don't hesitate to contact us here at the Orientation Office - we're here to help! We can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (802) 656-4136.

After Orientation

The official Orientation program ends on Friday whenever you've registered for classes and have all of your questions answered. The fun doesn't stop there, though! You'll be invited to attend various social events throughout the weekend. These events are great way to connect with other students before classes begin on Monday. Students will have the chance to RSVP for these events when they check in at January Orientation. Check back for more information about these events.

Friday, January 15th

5:00PM - Dinner Downtown
(Meet at Davis Center, Student Life Office, 3rd Floor)
Hop on the College Street shuttle and enjoy a free dinner at one of Burlington’s best restaurants—The Skinny Pancake! Indulge in some delicious sweet and savory crepes and mingle with other incoming students and OLs over live music.

Saturday, January 16th

11:30AM - Downtown Burlington Tour and Lunch
(Meet at the Davis Center, 3rd Floor Info Desk at 11:15AM)
We’ll hop on a bus, head downtown, and explore Burlington!  This is a great way to see helpful and popular Burlington hot spots. We’ll eat lunch on Church Street (Orientation will treat you), and then you can catch the bus back to campus or stay and explore downtown on your own.  We expect to be back on campus by 2:00PM at the latest.

6:00PM - Spare Time Bowling and Pizza
(Meet at the Davis Center, 3rd Floor Info Desk at 6PM)
We’ll take a bus to Spare Time and enjoy an evening of pizza, bowling, and fun (Orientation’s treat)!  We expect to be back on campus by 9:30PM at the latest.

Sunday, January 17th

11:00AM - Personalized Campus Tour
(Meet at the Davis Center, 3rd Floor Info Desk at 11AM)
Bring your class schedule— this is your opportunity to check out your classrooms and make sure you know where you’re going on Monday. OLs will be your guides!

12:00PM - Lunch with OL's and Student Leaders
(Davis Center)
We’ll treat you to pizza and soda as we bring an awesome weekend to a close! You’re welcome to just hang out or get any last minute questions answered by the OLs and Transfer Student Volunteers.  Please note: the University Dining Plan begins this evening at the dinner meal.

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