University of Vermont

Orientation Students

June Orientation Program Overview

Below is a general overview of both the student and the family schedule during our June Orientation program.

Orientation begins with Check-In on the first day from 8:00am - 10:00am at the Harris / Millis Complex for students, and at the University Heights South Residence Hall for family members (located adjacent to Harris / Millis). The program begins promptly at 10:30am. We recommend arriving earlier within that period to avoid delays as there will be a large number of students and families checking in during that time.

You will check out no later than 3:00pm on the second day - Due to randomly assigned course registration times we are unable to provide an exact end time for the program, as it differs from student to student. Detailed program schedules will be provided to you at check-in upon your arrival to campus.

If you are making travel plans, please plan accordingly. We are unable to provide an additional night of housing after the session has ended at 3:00pm, but do have Early Arrival options available the day prior to your session for individuals traveling long distances or who are in the honors college and are attending honors college orientation the day before their orientation session.

What Happens at Orientation?

  • Student Orientation Check-In
    Check-In at Harris Millis

    Check-In is between 8:00am-10:00am on Day 1. Snag keys to your room, meet some fellow Catamounts, and get excited - Orientation is about to begin!

  • Student Orientation Check-In
    A Big UVM Welcome.

    The Orientation program begins promptly at 10:30am. Here you'll meet our Orientation Leaders, learn about what your 2-Day schedule will look like, and join your student Orientation groups to chat about what lies ahead.

  • Student Orientation Check-In
    Families Gather at University Heights.

    As students head off on their Orientation adventure, families who are participating in the Family Orientation Program begin their own journey in learning about all that UVM has to offer and what they can do to support their students.

  • Student Orientation Check-In
    OLs Make it Fun.

    Orientation Leaders (We call them OLs) are upper class student leaders who are here to help you make smooth transition into UVM! They're here to help parents AND students and are excited to welcome you to the University.

  • Student Orientation Check-In
    OLs Circle Up in Small Groups.

    Throughout the day you'll meet with your OLs to talk about what's coming up, go over what's already happened, and get to know some of your fellow students from your academic unit. A prime time to ask questions and maybe make a few new friends.

  • Student Orientation Check-In
    Vermont-themed and Locally-sourced meals under the Tent.

    Lunch, Dinner, and Brunch - all meals happen under the Orientation Tent on the Davis Center / Bailey Howe Quad. The perfect time to decompress with new aquaintences or catch up with any attending family members while enjoying some great Vermont grub.

  • Student Orientation Check-In
    Meet your Academic Units.

    All UVM students are admitted into one of the seven academic units that make up our University - and they all have different course requirements. On the first day of Orientation you'll be able to listen to representatives from your academic unit and get a better idea of how your college operates.

  • Student Orientation Check-In
    Advisors Answer Your Questions.

    Meeting advisors from your academic unit will also give you an excellent opportunity to ask questions and better understand your college's specific course requirements - which in turn will make selecting your fall courses on Day 2 a breeze.

  • Student Orientation Check-In
    Hang Out at the Block Party.

    With DJs, food, photobooths, and activities galore - the Block Party in the Davis Center is the best way to decompress after a long day of listening and learning at Orientation.

  • Student Orientation Check-In
    Day 2 Brings Course Registration.

    You've met with your academic unit - now it's time to register for some classes. OLs and advisors from your academic unit will be on hand to chat about which courses will help you on your way in your first semester at UVM - and aid you in the process of registering for them.

  • Student Orientation Check-In
    Check Out Awesome On and Off-campus Resources.

    There is no shortage of resources, clubs, and organizations - both at UVM and in the surrounding area! The Resource Fair gives students and families a chance to chat with representatives from a number of UVM and Burlington-Area organizations that help students both succeed and have fun.

  • Student Orientation Check-In
    Can't Wait to Meet You!

    We're really excited to welcome you to our community - and we're working hard to make Orientation both enjoyable and informative so that your transition to live at UVM is smooth and pleasant. If you have any questions about our program, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Schedule At-A-Glance

Day 1
  • Check in between 8:00 am and 10:00 am at the Harris Millis Complex to receive program materials and room keys.
  • Campus Bus Tours
  • University Welcome begins at 10:30 a.m.
  • Academic Unit Meeting
  • Welcome Meeting with your Orientation Leader and Student Group
  • Lunch
  • Residential Life and UVM Dining Services Information Sessions
  • Campus Life and Academic Information Sessions
  • Barbecue Dinner
  • "I am UVM" Keynote Speaker
  • Evening Social Activities
Day 2
  • Coffee and Bagel Breakfast
  • Academic Advising Meetings
  • Online Course Registration with Academic Advisors (by appointment)
  • Brunch and Resource Fair
  • Check Out by 3:00 p.m. (no exceptions can be made)
  • If you have any questions about UVM's Orientation Program, please don't hesitate to contact us at (802) 656-4136 or

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