A UVM education is grounded in the liberal arts. Regardless of major, all students take courses in the humanities and the sciences to develop critical thinking and perspective beyond the scope of their area of concentration.
During the first year, many students explore their options. Students have until the end of their sophomore year to declare a major.
Choice is the watchword at UVM. Students have many academic options — 100 majors in all. Many students combine studies in different fields.
See list of our academic majors, minors, and pre-professional programs.
UVM students rated their level of academic challenge higher than students at peer schools. The intimate relationships formed within our classrooms, and the broad vision of ongoing research projects converge to create a dynamic academic environment at UVM. The student-teacher ratio averages 17:1 — and distinguished senior faculty regularly teach introductory courses and involve undergraduates in their research. Few schools give students as many ways to push beyond their limits. (Additional ways to push your academic limits: Learn more about our Honors College, research opportunities and study abroad.)
Browse through our majors and areas of study. From there, you can peruse our course offerings. Begin to envision yourself as a member of our academic community.
Faculty members are well known experts in their fields. One measure of our faculty is the grant support they attract (from places like the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Endowment for the Humanties and others) — UVM ranks in the top 20 among U.S. research universities with enrollment under 15,000. Our peers in that category are some of the foremot universities in the country.
But another measure is how accessible, approachable and respected faculty members are. UVM students consistently express this:
" ... It's challenging to take advanced science and art courses all at once, but I've been able to engage with great professors and that's made it a stellar experience."
— Wesley Bascom, double degrees in environmental science, studio art
" ... My older sister and brother went to (other schools); they don't have the relationships that I've had with my professors. You know, it's like tough love."
— Susan Cirilli, education major, political science minor
" ... All of my professors have been willing to talk to me from the beginning of every semester."
— Kofi Mensa, political science