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.

Registrations AFTER Tuesday, January 5th must be completed by calling the orientation office at (802) 656-4136. Registration for January Orientation will open in late fall.

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, an advisor will be available, if needed, to help you review and finalize your schedule. 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.


Parking for January Orientation attendees will be available in the Jeffords Parking Lot adjacent to the Davis Center and Jeffords Hall. You will need to download, print off, and display a Jeffords Parking Permit on the dashboard of your car if you plan on parking in this lot during the Orientation program.

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 9th 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

9:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m. Check-In (Davis Center, 4th Floor)
10:00 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. & 2:00 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.

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