University of Vermont

The Honors College

Preview: New Student Orientation

"Every journey begins with a first step."

And for incoming first year students, UVM's New Student Orientation serves as that first step toward beginning college and embarking on a personal and intellectual adventure of a lifetime. The three days in June will literally provide incoming first year students with the information they will need to survive and thrive during the first year on campus. The sessions are jam-packed, and they include academic advising, housing and meal plan selection.

For new Honors College members, orientation is geared toward getting to know the other students, faculty and staff they will be working with during their next four years. This process starts the evening before the official start of orientation; incoming Honors College students are invited to have dinner with Honors College Dean Abu Rizvi, while parents can participate in a welcome reception and information session with Honors College staff. Students will then have the chance to meet their new classmates that evening before the official start of orientation the next morning.

While the majority of orientation is dedicated to selecting classes, finding a room and figuring out food options on campus, students will also have a chance to explore different opportunities that they may choose to engage in during their four years. Study abroad advisers will be on hand to help students think about how a semester or a year in a different country fits into their academic plans. Career counselors will be on hand to discuss various jobs and internships that will enable students to gain valuable working experience. Students interested in getting in a lab or working in the field will have the chance to learn about undergraduate research on campus, and students interested in national scholarship and fellowship opportunities will get to learn how the application process works.

But orientation is not all work. Various clubs, activities and student life organizations will also be available to talk to students about how to become an active and engaged member of the UVM community. And student orientation leaders will be there throughout the three days answering questions, telling stories, sharing laughs, and working toward making University Heights North start to feel like a home.

Orientation sessions will be taking place throughout June, but not all sessions will include the Honors College pre-orientation events. For more information on which orientation session is right for you or your student, go here.

UVM Orientation Website

Pre-Orientation To-Do List

Daily Orientation Schedule

Last modified June 03 2010 03:18 PM