The education of students is one of the fundemental reasons why CALS exists. We value our students, and as we prepare you for your professional life, we want your experience at UVM to be rewarding. The materials on this web site should serve to answer your basic questions as you navigate around all of the academic requirements at the same time as making UVM your new home. We strongly encourage you to meet with your advisor on a regular basis. For additional help, Student Services in the CALS Dean’s Office is another resource you can use.

Who is the CALS student services office made up of?

Kate Finley Woodruff
Assistant Dean of Academic Programs

Kate Finley Woodruff manages the Student Services Office, farm activities, and is an Animal Science faculty member. Pat consults on student advising issues and judicial matters and is involved with many College events including: Orientation, Open Houses, Jump Start for Juniors, Admitted Student Visit Days, and Commencement. Hours: By appointment Email: cflineyw@uvm.edu or call 802-656-1032.

Whitney Northrop
Enrollment Manager

Rose is involved with academic matters that involve forms: Change of major/college, declaring a major, declaring a minor, permission to study abroad, permission to go over 18 credits, taking a course incomplete, Add/Drop/and Withdrawal, and the Senior Records Check. Rose works with issues of academic standing and coordinates the CALS Studies Committee. She manages Honors Day in April and degree audits for Commencement. Hours: M-F, 8:00 - 4:30 Email: Whitney.Northrop@uvm.edu or call 802-656-0289.

Hollee Kennison
Student Services Specialist

Whitney is involved in a wide variety of recruitment and retention efforts with students at CALS. She manages several scholarships, events, and updates the College website, catalogue and other marketing materials. Whitney manages many events for CALS including Orientation Sessions, Open Houses, Admitted Student Visit Days, Advisor Workshops, and Commencement. She is also involved with several UVM projects such as the schedule of courses, course evaluations, phone-a-thons, and the ALANA Student Banquet. Hours: M-F, 8:00 - 4:30 Email: Hollee.Kennison@uvm.edu or call 802-656-2980.

Where can I find electronic forms?

Visit the Registrar's Office for many student forms including how to declare/change majors.

Additional forms such as declaring your minor in CALS, the CALS Core Competencies, and a list of Diversity Courses can be found by going to the CALS Forms, Procedures, and Policies page.

Fill out a form for re-entry to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

What are the academic probation procedures?

At the end of a semester if your GPA is below a 2.00, the CALS Studies Committee will meet to discuss your situation and decide what your status will be for the following semester. The following is a link to requirements for readmittance to UVM.

Your status in CALS is determined by the severity of your probation. A letter is sent to each student with the studies committee expectations.

The Student Services Office and your Advisor are available to help you avoid serious problems. Feel free to contact us for assistance.

In order to graduate from CALS, you need at least a 2.00 GPA. If you are interested in transferring into CALS, you also need at least a 2.00 GPA.

What if I am having personal or health issues?

If you are ill and missing only one day of classes, you can contact class professors by phone or e-mail directly and leave a clear message including your name, the section of the class you are in, and that you are ill and will be missing the class.

If you are ill or experiencing a personal problem that will cause you to miss more than a day of classes, you must contact Rose Laba in the Student Services Office. She will notify the instructors for you, but you will also need to work with that instructor to discuss his/her expectations in reference to your absence.

It is important that you as the student (not your advisor and not your parent) contact Student Services directly if at all possible. By doing so, we will have a very clear understanding of the nature of the illness or problem and how we can best help you.

We are here to help and can link you to other helpful resources such as the Center for Health and Wellbeing, the Counseling Center, or ACCESS (Accommodations, Consultation, Collaboration, and Educational Support Services)

Who is my advisor?

The advisor / student relationship should be one of the most significant aspects of a students college experience. Academic advisors provide essential guidance and will assist with course selection each semester. In addition, advisors offer valuable career information and often help students obtain useful practical experiences and may help establish professional contacts.

Your advisor assingment may be found in your MyUVM student information tab. If you have any questions regarding your advisor, please contact the CALS Student Services Office.

Support for Current Students

The Student Services Office of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is dedicated to supporting it's students needs. The Student Services Office is available to all students and is located in 106 Morrill Hall. Please feel free to stop by or call us at 802-656-2980 during our office hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

The Student Services Office can help you with:

  • Add / Drop Course Changes
  • Audit / Pass / No Pass Course Changes
  • Credit by Exam
  • Major / Double Major / College Change
  • Addition of and removal of a Minor
  • Withdrawal
  • Incomplete courses
  • Late Drop from courses
  •  Leaving UVM for Leave of Absence / Study Abroad / Medical
  • To go over 18 credits in any given semester
  • Re-admission to CALS / UVM
  • Any other support you might need.