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 navigation challenge
  • 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

Health and Wellness

Residential Director for Summer Academy

Benjamin Kennedy


Benjamin Kennedy is working full-time for the Center for Academic Success while pursuing his M.Ed in Educational Leadership. During his undergraduate career, also at UVM, he engaged in dozens of on-campus leadership opportunities including being a Lead RA, Orientation Leader, Director of Operations for the Program Board, facilitator at the Next Step Social Justice Retreat, and many more. He is passionate about social justice and equity, the accessibility of education to all learners, and creating and implementing queer-inclusive curricula and pedagogy in the classroom. When he isn’t on campus, Ben enjoys being a senior volunteer at All Breed Rescue and visiting his family back home in Maryland.

Assistant Director of Athletic Campus in the Department of Residential Life

Brandin Howard


Brandin Howard

Brandin Howard is the Assistant Director for Athletic Campus in the Department of Residential Life at UVM. In his role, he manages the professional ResLife staff for the area and the Resident Advisor Recruitment and Selection processes. Prior to joining us at UVM, Brandin served as a Residence Life Coordinator at Penn State University- University Park campus, where he oversaw two residential complexes and a staff of 11 Resident Advisors. While most of his spare time is devoted to his doctorate studies, when he is able to venture off campus Brandin enjoys a good ice cream cone, going to the movies, and spending time with friends.

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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