Academically Talented, Diverse Class with Strong Vermont Representation Begin New Academic Year
- By University Communications
An expected 13,450 students are scheduled to begin classes on Monday, Aug. 29, including 2,430 first-time, first-year students. Like the class of 2014 before them, the class of 2015 is one of the largest, most talented and diverse classes to enroll at the university to date.
Hailing from 44 states and 10 countries, incoming first-year students achieved an average SAT score of 1184, up from 1182 last year. Sixty-three percent of first-time, first-year students graduated in the top third of their high school class, and -- holding last year's record-breaking numbers steady -- more than 10 percent are ALANA (Asian-American, Latino, African-American, Native American and multi-racial) students.
Fifty-seven ALANA students in the incoming class are Vermont residents, a record number. A projected 640 first-year undergraduate students are Vermonters, marking the seventh consecutive year that the incoming class of first-year students includes more than 600 Vermonters. The total number of Vermont undergraduates grew by 662 students, or more than 20 percent, in the 10- year period from fall 2000 to fall 2010 -- from 2,833 to 3,495.
The university has significantly increased its financial aid resources in order to meet growing needs. Eighty-one percent of full-time, first-year Vermont undergraduates in the incoming class will be receiving grants and scholarships, and the average amount will be $8,628.
Students will return to campus to find progress on new track and field facilities southeast of the Gucciardi Recreation & Fitness Center, including the construction of an all-weather surface, NCAA regulation, nine-lane competition running track.
A new artificial turf lacrosse-soccer field will replace an existing practice field this fall, as well. Also under construction are the Redstone Lofts, an independent student apartments project for UVM juniors, seniors, and graduate students with a scheduled opening of fall 2012.
Later this fall, the green renovation of the George D. Aiken Center, home to the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, will be completed in time for full use of the building at the start of the spring 2012 semester. Renovations to and expansion of the Aiken Center will feature an Eco-Machine natural wastewater treatment system; a green roof, designed for testing micro-watershed strategies for storm water management; environmental/energy monitoring systems, providing efficiency data to all via the Web; along with other resource-conserving measures designed with the goal of achieving LEED Platinum certification, signifying one of the greenest renovated buildings in the nation.