University of Vermont

The Honors College

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do Honors College students take part in a separate Orientation program?
  2. Will I meet with an advisor at Orientation?
  3. I have taken AP tests and do not yet have the results. How will I plan my course schedule at Orientation?
  4. Do I have to live in Honors College housing if I'm an Honors College student?
  5. Do Honors College students have special advisors?
  6. Do Honors College students study abroad?
  7. Why should I be an Honors College student?

1. Do Honors College students take part in a separate Orientation program?

Honors College students attend a special pre-orientation session that is held the evening before each Orientation session. This pre-orientation session will provide an opportunity for HC students and families to meet one another and get acquainted. We will also discuss the specifics of the HC curriculum and the course registration process, and give a tour of the different room types in University Heights North. A schedule and additional information are available at HC Orientation .

2. Will I meet with an advisor at Orientation?

Yes, you will participate in an array of group discussions, individual meetings with advisors, workshops, and presentations by professors. A full Orientation schedule is available at UVM Orientation .

3. I have taken AP tests and do not yet have the results. How will I plan my course schedule at Orientation?

Many Honors College students find themselves in this situation. If you have pending AP and/or IB scores, you will have the chance to discuss this with your advisor/Dean's Office during academic advising. If after AP scores have been received at UVM, a change in your schedule is warranted, your Dean's Office will be in touch with you to advise on making any changes. For more information on receiving credit for AP, IB, and other courses and exams, click here

4. Do I have to live in Honors College housing if I'm an Honors College student?

Honors College students are highly encouraged, but not required to live in University Heights North (UHN). UHN is the home of the Honors College offices and seminar rooms, and about 400 students. Almost all incoming first year students will decide to live in UHN - in part due to the types of rooms in UHN, but more importantly to be part of a vibrant community of students who learn and live together.

5. Do Honors College students have special advisors?

Because Honors College students have dual citizenship with the Honors College and one of the undergraduate colleges/schools at UVM, students will be assigned an advisor in their home college/school. To supplement the advising done by the colleges and schools, Honors College staff provide specialized advising about Honors College concerns. We also are the home of an advisor for undergraduate research and nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships.

6. Do Honors College students study abroad?

Each semester many HCOL students take part in the variety of study abroad options available to UVM students. Advance planning is important, including consulting with the Study Abroad Office, your major/faculty advisor and the HCOL staff. The junior year course requirement for the Honors College(coursework in the fall OR spring semester of the junior year) is designed specifically to allow HC students from being able to study abroad.

7. Why should I be an Honors College student?

Aside from building a strong collegiate community, the Honors College provides a rigorous, multidisciplinary academic challenge that complements and enriches the entire undergraduate experience. What sets the Honors College apart are the academic accomplishments of its students, all of whom have and continue to experience high levels of academic achievement. The Honors College respects the right of each of our students to mark her or his own way while providing opportunities for each to be actively engaged with a group of dedicated students. To achieve this Honors College makes available special programs, courses, and student activities, provides academic mentoring, and offers participation in Hall Council where students take the lead in developing programs for the residence hall. Students also have to advising for undergraduate research opportunities and competing for national scholarships and fellowships.

For information about specific benefits of being an Honors College student, go to Benefits of the Honors College

Last modified January 29 2014 03:49 PM