University of Vermont

University Communications

University of Vermont Begins 216th Year

Release Date: 08-25-2006

Author: Amanda Kenyon Waite
Phone: 802/656-8381 Fax: (802) 656-3203

On Monday, Aug. 28, the University of Vermont will begin its 216th year with record enrollment numbers. Nearly 11,900 total students will attend the university this fall, including approximately 9,000 undergraduates, 1,330 graduate students, 400 medical students, and 1,040 non-degree students. Approximately 800 ALANA (Asian-American, Latino, African-American and Native American) students are enrolled this fall.

Before classes begin on Aug. 28, UVMís campus will be busy with Opening Weekend, an annual program beginning on Friday, Aug. 25 which will help acquaint the 2,000 first-year students to college life. This yearís program, which will offer activities ranging from picnics to floor meetings with resident advisors, will culminate with the Class of 2010 Twilight Induction, a candlelight ceremony on the Main Green beginning at 8 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about Opening Weekend, visit the programís website. Returning students will move in on Sunday.

To accommodate the growing student body, several construction projects and building renovations are underway. The University Heights South Complex, a new 400-bed dormitory housing the GreenHouse Residential Learning Community offering environmentally themed, interdisciplinary programming for students, and Spinner Place, the off-campus housing opportunity in the newly renovated downtown Winooski, both open this fall. Another residential learning community, The Global Village, is open to students interested in exploring other cultures through coursework, lectures, faculty and peer mentoring, concerts, exhibits, and trips. The Global Village is located in the Living/Learning Center.

The Harris/Millis dining facility has been expanded to seat approximately 150 additional diners, the College of Arts and Sciences has a new home at the recently renovated 438 College Street, and construction of the Dudley H. Davis Student Center continues and is on track for a fall 2007 opening. For more information about these campus renovation and construction projects and others, visit the campus construction updates website.

Several academic changes greet students this year as well, including new provost John M. Hughes, former associate provost for research and scholarship and dean of the Graduate School at Miami University of Ohio; approximately 70 new faculty; and a new department in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the Department of Movement and Exercise Science.