What is the difference between LASP and the Honors College?
Both the Honors College and LASP engage top students in intensive first-year classes. While Honors College students only take one course together each semester, LASP students typically take two courses together each semester. This offers a more fully immersive academic experience, with multiple courses exploring related themes from diverse perspectives.
What if I am interested in LASP but am accepted to the Honors College?
Students invited to the Honors College may apply to a LASP program, but if admitted, must choose between LASP and the Honors College.
Is sophomore admission guaranteed to the Honors College if I am in LASP?
Students who complete the LASP program with a 3.6 gpa or higher are guaranteed sophomore admission to the Honors College. Students in LASP with a 3.4-3.59 gpa are invited to apply to the Honors College and are strong candidates due to their experience in LASP.
Do I have to major in a particular field to get into one of the LASP programs?
No. Students from a variety of majors enroll in each of the six programs, bringing interdisciplinary perspectives to the courses and experiences. We welcome applicants from a range of majors, as well as those who are still exploring majors. Each year, about 40% of all LASP students have not yet decided on a major. One goal of LASP is to help identify the fields of study in which they are most interested. The exception is Life Science Scholars. This program is available only to biology, biological science, neuroscience, plant biology, and zoology majors in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Do I have to take all the courses within a given program?
Yes. Students are expected to take all the courses for their program each semester, ensuring that everyone in the program shares a common academic experience.
Will my LASP classes count toward my degree?
Yes. LASP classes satisfy numerous distribution requirements, may count toward a major or minor and count towards the credits needed to graduate.
Can I take other required courses or electives during my first year?
Yes. Each semester you will take two courses in the program, leaving room for additional classes and opportunities to explore new interests.
Is LASP a Learning Community?
Yes. LASP is a Learning Community that is open only to College of Arts & Sciences first-year students who apply and are admitted. Some of the benefits of this Learning Community are: small classes and shared living with peers in the program, as well as close proximity to all resources of campus--the library, classrooms, the gym and many dining options.
Where would I be living?
LASP students are housed on Athletic Campus, which is centrally located to classes, food options and the gym.
How many students are in LASP?
LASP is made up of the six themed programs and has room for 120 first year students, about 10% of the incoming first years in the College of Arts & Sciences.
What are my chances of getting into the LASP program I want?
LASP programs are selective and admission is competitive. We want students who are capable and excited to undertake a rigorous and challenging academic experience, and open to the residential aspect of our community. In reviewing applications, we look at a holistic picture that includes your LASP application as well as background available to us from UVM Admissions about your high school performance. We also look for evidence of your excitement and passion for learning about the issues involved in the LASP to which you are applying, and evidence that you are interested in a full-year commitment to that program.
When will I know if I have been accepted?
Application decisions will be made on a rolling basis beginning in February. You can expect to hear back about two weeks after submitting your application.