Your Bachelor’s Degree Starts Here

We know you don’t want to postpone or limit the quality of your education. This is your chance to get your bachelor’s degree from UVM.

We are pleased to offer this opportunity to a limited number of students. The program will provide you with the UVM experience you’re seeking. Allow you to take courses, demonstrate your academic abilities, and make progress toward your degree. You will be provided with the academic resources that will support your successful completion of the program and allow you to be admitted as a full time student.

Join the thousands of dedicated students who’ve found success at UVM.

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How Does it Work?

Study as a non-degree Catamount Experience student.

Take classes in the fall and spring alongside other UVM students.

Live with other Catamount Experience students at Spinner Place in nearby Winooski

Find new friends over study sessions, shared meals, engage in a community of your peers, and more. Note that living at Spinner Place is required to participate. Catamount Experience students living at Spinner Place are prohibited from registering a vehicle for campus parking. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions section for more details.

Engage in all things UVM.

Join fellow students in our 250+ clubs and organizations.

Become a full-time undergraduate degree student.

Transfer your credits at the end of the spring semester. Admission is guaranteed as long as you satisfy program requirements with 2.8 GPA.

Financial aid is not available for the Catamount Experience Program.

During your Catamount Experience year you will not be eligible for Federal or University financial aid. You may be eligible for private education loans. Vermont residents may be eligible to apply for an Advancement Grant through VSAC and out-of-state residents can check with their state grant agency. You may be eligible for financial aid (loans, grants and/or scholarships) as an undergraduate degree student following successful program completion and entry into your undergraduate program at UVM.

Accept this special invitation by May 1 and pay a $495 acceptance fee to secure your spot.

You’re on your way!

Campus Life by The Numbers

College Town

#1

Best College Town in America According to Travel & Leisure Magazine

Community

250+

Clubs and organizations

People

16:1

Student ratio-faculty ratio

Live and Learn with Other Students

What’s college without campus life? You’ll live at Spinner Place, an apartment complex for UVM students, as well as students from other area colleges with on-site Residential Life and property management personnel. A bus is available to get to the main campus for class, campus clubs, events, and more.

82%+ of UVM first-year students are involved in a club or organization

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Dedicated Student Success and Academic Coaching

An academic advisor will work with you one-on-one and in small group sessions to help you achieve academic success. They will help you strengthen and practice essential academic skills including time-management, note taking, testing, effective listening, goal setting, and study skills.

You’ll also build effective learning skills, study habits, and stress/mental health management techniques to help supported as you seek out your unique path.

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Tuition and Fees for the Fall Semester

Once you enroll, the tuition and fees, along with housing, will be due for the fall semester. There is no Federal or Institutional financial aid available for this program.

Financial aid (loans, grants and/or scholarships) may be available in fall of 2023. You may be eligible for financial aid (loans, grants and/or scholarships) as an undergraduate degree student following successful program completion and entry into your undergraduate program at UVM.

Costs of Attending

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I accept the offer to join the Catamount Experience?

Complete the form available through a link in your invitation email. Accept this special invitation by May 1 and pay a $495 acceptance fee (within 5 business days) to secure your spot on first come first serve, space available basis.

What will my student status be?

As a Catamount Experience student you will hold non-degree student status. Upon successful completion of the Catamount Experience Program, beginning with Sophomore year your status will change to undergraduate student.

Where will I live?

You’ll live at Spinner Place, a suite-style student apartment building, in Winooski with fellow Catamount Experience students, as well as students from other area colleges. UVM Residential Life staff will be on-site at Spinner Place to facilitate the residential experience. View the Spinner Place Welcome Packet (PDF, opens in a new window). Take a Virtual Tour of Spinner Place. View the Catamount Experience Housing Terms & Conditions (PDF, opens in a new window).

Can I bring a car?

Students are not permitted to bring cars and would not be able to park at Spinner or on campus.

Catamount Experience students living at Spinner Place are prohibited from registering a vehicle for campus parking.

There are many options for getting to and from locations near and far. Please click below for more information.

Student Commuter Benefit Programs

How will I get to campus?

All Catamount Experience students will have access to our local Green Mountain Transit (GMT) system to get to the main campus for class, campus clubs, events and more. All GMT is unlimited access and fare-free with your valid UVM ID. There is a dedicated Spinner Place stop on the GMT route.

Spinner Place is approximately 1.2 miles from campus and many people regularly walk the pedestrian-friendly route from main campus to Winooski.

When will we move-in?

Wednesday, August 23, 2023, will be the move in day for Catamount Experience students. Orientation will begin later that day.

Who should students contact for an ESA or other accommodation?

Student Accessibility Services
Phone: 802-656-7753
Fax: 802-656-0739
Email: access@uvm.edu

What will my dining options be?

You can purchase a meal plan to access on-campus dining. Alternatively, you can eat at any of the great local restaurants in Winooski or purchase groceries and cook in Spinner Place.

Will I be able to join clubs?

Yes, you will be encouraged to engage in all things UVM, including joining fellow students in our 250+ clubs and organizations.

What supports and resources will be available?

You will be assigned an Academic Coach and Advisor and will have access to all the academic support resources available to UVM Students.

Can I apply for financial aid?

During your Catamount Experience year you will not be eligible for Federal or University financial aid. You may be eligible for private education loans. Vermont residents may be eligible to apply for an Advancement Grant through VSAC and out-of-state residents can check with their state grant agency.

What are my payment options?

UVM offers a monthly payment plan option for the fall and spring semesters, allowing you to spread payment  over up to 5 payments per semester. Learn more about payment options available at UVM.

Are there scholarships available?

Catamount Experience program students are not eligible for institutional scholarships. We encourage you to begin looking at our outside scholarship resources webpage. Though many outside scholarships may not be available until you enter into your undergraduate degree program after successful completion of the Catamount Experience program, it is a good idea to get familiar with those for which you would like to apply and their respective processes and deadlines

When will my bill be available?

Your bill will be available online around July 14 and will be due on August 18, 2023 by 4:30 PM (EDT), for the fall semester. Spring bills will be available around December 1. Billing notifications will be sent to your UVM email once they are ready to view online. Your bill will include tuition and fees as well as your housing at Spinner Place. You can learn more about billing, including how to view your bill and respond to your bill on the Student Financial Services billing and payment due dates page. Meal plans are purchased separately directly from Dining Services.

How can I give someone access to view my bill?

If you will be giving someone access to view your bill we encourage you to set them up with Proxy Access. By providing them with account & billing access you authorize Student Financial Services to speak with that person about your bill.

Will there be an orientation?

Yes, you will participate in the fall orientation with other new UVM students. Orientation will begin on Wednesday, August 23 and ends on Sunday August 27 in the evening, and is mandatory for all new students

Can I choose my classes?

Catamount Experience program students will follow a first-year curriculum of required courses.

Will all the courses count toward my program?

Yes, all successfully completed Catamount Experience courses will count toward completion of your degree.

What happens if I need to drop a course or withdraw from all of my courses?

If you drop or withdraw from a course or courses, UVM will follow this tuition refund schedule.

Tuition and fee charges are based on the number of enrolled credits, so it is important that you understand how changes in enrollment can impact those costs. If you drop or withdraw from a course or courses, UVM will follow the tuition refund for PACE students. The Catamount Experience program is designed to keep you on track for completion of your program in four years, if you are unable to maintain full-time status (30 credits) this may impact your time to completion.

Will I have an advisor?

Yes, you will have an Academic Advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Will I need to reapply when I complete the program?

You will not need to reapply. Your status will change to a full-time undergraduate student if you satisfy the program requirements at the end of the year by successfully completing all courses and maintaining a 2.8 GPA.

How do I activate my UVM Netid?

Please follow this link (https://account.uvm.edu/netid-setup) to activate your UVM Net ID. Once activated, you can access Student Financial Services, E-mail and other important information through your myUVM portal.

Catamount Experience Majors

CAS

Eligible Majors

  • ANTH B.A.
  • ANTH B.S.
  • DNCE
  • ENGS
  • FTS
  • HST
  • PHIL
  • POLS
  • SOC
  • ARTH
  • GSWS
  • GEOG
  • HSOC
  • LING
  • PSYS B.A.
  • REL
  • SART
  • GRS – Asian Studies *
  • GRS – European Studies *
  • GRS – Latin American & Carribean Studies *
  • GRS – Russian & East European Studies *
  • CHIN ^
  • FREN ^
  • GERM ^
  • GRS ^
  • JAPN ^
  • RUSS ^
  • SPAN ^

* – Requires substantial coursework in a language.
^ – Unless the student has a background in the language, graduation in 4 years may not be possible.

Majors Not Recommended

  • BICM
  • BIOL
  • BISC
  • CHEM B.A.
  • CHEM B.S.
  • CS B.A.
  • EC B.A.
  • EC B.S.
  • MATH B.A.
  • MUS
  • NEUR
  • PBIO
  • PSYS B.S.
  • THE
  • ZOOL B.A.
  • ZOOL B.S.

CALS

Eligible Majors

  • Agroecology and Landscape Design
  • Community and International Development
  • Community Centered Design
  • Community Entrepreneurship
  • Food systems
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences  (possibly not Dietetics track)
  • Public Communication
  • Self-Design

Majors Not Recommended

  • Animal Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Science
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Plant Biology

RSENR

Eligible Majors

  • Parks, Recreation Tourism
  • Forestry
  • Natural Resources

Majors Not Recommended

  • Environmental Sciences
  • Wildlife Biology

GSB

Eligible Majors

  • None

Majors Not Recommended

  • All

CESS

Eligible Majors

  • Social Work (BSW)
  • Human Development and Family Sciences (BS)
  • Individually Designed Major (BSED)
  • Elementary Education (BSED)
  • Middle Level Education (BSED)
  • Secondary Education (BSED)

Majors Not Recommended

  • Music Education
  • Art Education
  • Early Childhood Education

CEMS

Eligible Majors

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science and Information Systems.

Majors Not Recommended

Technically, the following degrees could work, but we would very strongly recommend against students in the CEP pursuing these majors, as it would mean 3 very difficult years with semesters full of major-specific coursework

  • Data Science
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering

CNHS

CNHS requires that students apply to the program and be accepted. At the time they apply/are offered acceptance, they would be told when their expected graduation year is (decided by coursework they have completed and how full that years cohort is).

Eligible Majors

  • Exercise Science
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Public Health (formerly Health Sciences)

Majors Not Recommended

  • Nursing
  • Medical Radiation Sciences
  • Medical Laboratory Science