Summer Academy Residential Living

group shot Summer Academy students choosing to live and eat on campus are housed together for two weeks in the same residence hall. As a part of this social learning community you will deepen your understanding of yourself and develop meaningful relationships. The activities planned throughout the week after class and over the weekend, and the spontaneous happenings in the hall, will help you make the most of this pre-college experience and encourage you to become more healthy, engaged and successful. The Summer Academy activities listed below support the Four Cornerstones of UVM’s Department of Residential Life – Enhancing Learning, Community & Civic Engagement, Advancing Diversity & Inclusion, and Health & Wellness.

Enhancing Learning

  • Campus Tour Including Visits to UVM’s Library, Greenhouses, and Museum.
  • Navigating the College Admissions Workshop

Community and Civic Engagement

  • Events on the Green:  Barbecue, Ice Cream Social, Movies, and More
  • Indoor/Outdoor Games and Entertainment

Advancing Diversity and Inclusion

  • Evening Residential Discussions
  • Social Justice Workshop
  • Ecological Leadership Workshop

Health and Wellness

  • Northern Lights Rock and Ice
  • Individual Fitness Time at UVM’s Fitness center, Track, and Athletic Fields.
  • Harvest Picnic at the Burlington Farmer’s Market
  • Swimming and Sand Sports on Lake Champlain

Residential Housing

Summer Academy students will be staying on the UVM campus. Students are supervised 24/7 by a Residential team consisting of a Residential Director and several Residential Assistants.

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Residential Dining Program

Summer Academy students enjoy the ease and convenience of a UVM Summer Dining Plan. The dining plan included in your program fee grants you 21 meals per week. Also included are a total of 40 Retail Points that student can use on campus.

Additional Retail Points can be added to existing accounts by contacting the Meal Plan Office. Visit the University Dining Services for additional information.

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Residential Advisors and Directors

Rachel Kiemele
My name is Rachel Kiemele. I am a graduate student at UVM working toward my master’s degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs. During the academic year I serve as the Leadership Coordinator for the Living/Learning Center, where I advise and develop training for student Program Directors. This summer I am serving as the Residence Director for the Marsh/Austin/Tupper Complex as well as the Summer Academy program.

I graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. My partner and I moved to Burlington almost three years ago, and we both fell in love with Vermont’s natural beauty.

I love to read, cook, kayak, and craft! I cannot start my morning without a cup of coffee and am a dog person to the core– except when it comes to my cat!


Kaseya Xia
My name is Kaseya Xia. I am a sophomore at UVM majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Vermont is such a unique place in the U.S. with extremely nice people and good environment for both academic studying and social activities.

UVM, as the state University of Vermont, for sure attracts all kinds of awesome people from all over the world to form our excellent community. At UVM, you will have a sense of being at home. I am one of the people who want to build up this big family by organizing interesting activities, providing social justice and guide more people to success at UVM. Thus, Summer Academy Adviser is such a good opportunity for me to achieve my goal.

A fun fact about myself: I know how to drive a car. But when I take a car as a passenger, I will feel dizzy however well the driver drives.


Javana Clark
My name is Javana Clark. I am a rising sophomore at UVM currently majoring in Psychology. This past year, I had the opportunity to get involved on campus in many ways. I am a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, which has opened doors for me. One of those doors has been allowing me to volunteer, not only on campus, but also in the Burlington community.  I love being a student at UVM because of the supportive faculty and staff that are always willing to help their students achieve their future goals. This summer, I decided to be a Summer Academy Resident Advisor so that I can be an aide to students and help those students have a positive experience at the University of Vermont.  I chose this position because I enjoy supporting people and I take pleasure in going the extra mile to ensure everyone has fun and great summer!


Bethany Harris
Hi there! My name is Bethany Harris, and I’m a rising junior Psychology major at UVM, with a minor in biological anthropology. I plan on using my degree to one day become a therapist specializing in mood disorders. After coming to the school I discovered that the artistic community both in and around the school is one of my favorite things, both because I adore art and because it’s a great reminder to me of the limitless possibilities in life. I wanted to work with the Summer Academy students because meeting and helping people makes me truly happy, and nothing is better than helping someone smile and making them feel at home. While I love reading, knitting, and sculpting, spending time with my cat Milo is my favorite pastime. Fun fact: if I could have one superpower, it would be the ability to shape-shift into any animal.