Students holding candles on main green

The rhythm of the school year follows a similar pattern, one which we've observed for many years. 

Beyond the academic calendar, families are key partners for student success. Here's a high-level overview of the key points in the semester - what follows are learning opportunities, key events, and numerous places to build community connection. 

We break it down by month:

SUMMER (New Families)

New Student Programs has a roadmap for students and families. As we know, when a student transitions to college, so does their family. Learn how to support your student's journey to UVM.  

View Family Roamap

AUGUST + SEPTEMBER

Early-August

New Students Housing Assignments Released

These are sent to students' UVM e-mail addresses. Note: students participating in TREK or similar pre-semester programs should follow program instructions about move-in. Pro-tip: here's a list of what to bring (and not to bring) to the residence halls. 

Late-August

Orientation for New Students

From move-in day through opening weekend, new students will be onboarded to campus, resources and - of course - to their new peers. Families, plan to head to the Family Farewell after your say goodbye to your student in the afternoon. 

First Day of Class

Students who have downloaded the free UVM Navigate application can view their class schedule. While they're there they can view important to-do's and reminders and even schedule a tutoring appointment or find a study buddy in a class. 

Week of Welcome

There's over a week of programs specifically designed for students to connect, make friends and explore campus and beyond. The schedule is released in August so students can check out the UVM Bored calendar to see what's coming.

Early September:

ActivitiesFest

This annual club and resource fair brings out 200+ organizations and many University departments. 88% of UVM first year students spend at least an hour per week participating in co-curricular activites (well over the national average of 73%). Getting involved leads to more learning and skill building that can be great for building their community and a resume.

Employment Opportunities

On-campus and part-time jobs are widely available if you know where to look. Two good starting points: UVM Handshake connects students with jobs and internships and the UVM Student Employment Office has a list of on-campus jobs. 

Mid-September 

Meet with an Academic Advisor

Academic advising is critical to student success. We highly recommend students reach out to their advisors and set up a meeting within the first six weeks of the semester. This will make sure that they are on track and help get connected to useful resources sooner rather than later. Questions about advising can be directed to Dean's offices

Career Interest Groups

UVM's Career Center launched these interest groups to support students' career goals. Each group has a team of coaches and offers events, alumni networking and skills development. 

Late-September

Thursday, September 30, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Careers in Action
Join us via TEAMS to meet recent CALS graduates and learn more about how their CALS degree prepared them to successfully launch their career. Hear from alumni on how they were mentored, and opportunities offered in CALS that have led to career and graduate education.

Join Careers in Action

Thursday, September 30, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Honors College Dessert with the Dean 

Join Dessert with the Dean (link coming soon)

Thursday, September 30, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
College of Arts and Sciences: Highlighting CAS High-Impact Practices - Internships

Join High-Impact Practices Q & A (link coming soon)

Graduate School Fair

For students considering continuing their education, the Grad School Fair is a good starting point.

Free Tutoring

Students are offered a broad range of academic support - from supplemental instruction (for example, tutoring for a difficult course) to building good study skills. Getting connected is easy through the Tutoring Center's website.

Study Abroad Prep

Planning to study abroad takes a little bit of prep, but the pay off is big. UVM's Office of International Education is committed to making study abroad accessible (and affordable) to all students. Showing up at one of their events is a great first step. 

OCTOBER

Parent and Family Fall Visit

We have crafted a "choose your own adventure" model for families who plan to visit their student. In lieu of one family weekend, we'll have itineraries, guides and opportunities for you to connect with your student and campus at your leisure. We will also have virtual workshops available throughout the fall so that all families may access our best advice related to student development and support. Sign up for family emails to ensure you receive the latest information.  

Fall Visit Schedule of Events:

Saturday, October 2
Honors College Breakfast in UHN (Time: TBD)

Saturday, October 2, 10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Fall Visit Cider Station, Davis Center 398 (Lobby/Information Desk)

Saturday, October 2, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Grossman School of Business Family and Alumni Open House in Keller Room (Ifshin Hall, First Floor)

Saturday, October 2, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
College of Education and Social Services Open House for Families and Students

Thursday, October 7, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Research in Action
Join us via TEAMS to meet CALS faculty and students doing research in our college that is impacting and informing our communities. Learn more about how students get involved in research, the types of opportunities available, and our unique research labs, farms, and facilities.

Join CALS Research in Action

Thursday, October 7, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Experiential Opportunities in the College of Education and Social Services: Student Teaching, Internships, Study Abroad, and Placed-Based Learning

Join Experiential Opportunites in CESS (link coming soon)

Friday, October 8, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Mosaic Breakfast for BIPOC Students and Families, L/LE Building

Friday, October 8, 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.
John Dewey Symposium: Cooking to Learn: The John Dewey Kitchen Institute. John Dewey Lounge.

Register for Cooking to Learn

Friday, October 8, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Grossman School of Business Open House, Tour & Family Coffee Hour (Center for Student Success, Kalkin 100)

Saturday, October 9, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Fall Visit Cider Station, Davis Center 398 (Lobby/Information Desk)

Saturday, October 9, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
College of Arts and Sciences: Cider and donuts at Cohen Hall (in-person event), Q&A highlighting Arts and High-Impact Practices

Saturday, October 9
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources: Guided walk through Centennial Woods and converse with Assistant Dean Vea.

Monday, October 11, 5:00 p.m.
Grossman School of Business Alumni Speaker Series, Vanessa Rodriguez
(This is a virtual event. Please RSVP to GSBCSS@uvm.edu for the MS Teams link)

Wednesday, October 13, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources: Internship Slam

Join Internship Slam (link coming soon)

Thursday, October 14
Honors College Peer Mentor/Alumni Panel

Join Peer Mentor/Alumni Panel (link coming soon)

Thursday, October 14, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources: Internship Slam

Join Internship Slam (link coming soon)

Thursday, October 14, 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.
Grossman School of Business Virtual Meet & Greet
Families are invited to meet with Grossman School of Business faculty, staff and student leaders

Join GSB Meet and Greet

Thursday, October 14, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
College of Arts and Sciences: Highlighting CAS High-Impact Practices - Research

Join High-Impact Practices Q & A (link coming soon)

Thursday, October 14, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Careers in Education and Social Services

Join Careers in Education and Social Services (link coming soon)

Friday, October 15
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources Graduate Student Symposium

Join RSENR Graduate Student Symposium (link coming soon)

Friday, October 15, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Grossman School of Business Open House, Tour & Family Coffee Hour (Center for Student Success, Kalkin 100)

Saturday, October 16
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM VERMONT APPLE PIE FOR BREAKFAST!
Join the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean, and faculty and staff from CALS to meet, greet, and eat delicious locally made apple pie and other goodies. Please bring your CALS student! We look forward to meeting you and your family. (Jeffords Lobby, Jeffords Bldg.)

Saturday, October 16, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Fall Visit Cider Station, Davis Center 398 (Lobby/Information Desk)

Thursday, October 21
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources Alumni Panel

Join RSENR Alumni Panel (link coming soon)

Mid-October

Flu Shots

Starting in October, flu shots are available to UVM students - Student Health Services has more information. 

Mental Health

UVM's Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS) offers a broad range of services for students, including a mental health screening, group and individual counseling sessions, yoga and mindfulness practices and more. CAPS also has a special section of their website just for families

Midterms

Mid-terms happen in October, which will give students a better sense of how they are doing academically. UVM wants students to succeed, which is why tutoring and the writing center are both free for students. UVM's Student Accessibility Services office also works with students on accommodations. 

Late-October

Job Shadowing

UVM Career Services has a great job shadowing program that happens over winter and summer breaks. The application deadline is as early as November 1, and there is a short orientation session students must attend in order to apply. Get the details.  

Housing Contracts

UVM students have a two-year (four semester) on-campus housing requirement - but can stay on campus longer if they want to. In late October, Residential Life emails students about completing their housing and meal plan contract for the following year. Information about this process is available online

Boo! Halloween

UVM has been studying high-risk drinking behavior of students and taking pro-active steps to decrease the number of students engaged in high-risk drinking. We know partnering with families is one way to be pro-active around high-risk drinking times such as Halloween. We recommend you check in with your student about their plans and encourage them to participate in any one of the many programs happening on campus this week (look out for an email about this along with some questions to ask your student). 

NOVEMBER

Course Registration

Students register for their spring classes in November. To prepare, students should meet with their academic advisor. 

Go Cats Go!

Winter sports are warming up and fall programs are wrapping up (it's not uncommon for our teams to land playoff bids). Students can cheer on the Catamounts (for free), but may need to plan ahead to get tickets

Thanksgiving Recess

Residential Life will be in touch by email with hall closing information (students have to leave by a certain time, unless they apply for housing over break). Prepare for your student's return with these conversation starters

DECEMBER

Last Day of Class

Similar to Halloween, the last day of class historically was a high-risk drinking night due to the Naked Bike Ride. Participation in the bike ride has been at an all-time low, and families checking in with their students has been a part of this decline. Now's a good time to get grounded in goals and making choices in alignment with these goals (personal wellbeing and academic success).

Exams

Students take their exams after Thanksgiving recess - this can be a busy and stressful time for students. LivingWell in the Davis Center invites students in for a variety of study breaks that support physical and mental wellbeing.

Winter Break

Students head home for a few weeks between December and January. Once again, residence halls close. The academic calendar is a good resource for current vacation dates. 

Housing + Meal Planning

Head's up! Returner room selection and meal plan contracts are due in January. 

JANUARY

Financial Aid

Every year, students must re-submit their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Head's up! The deadline for the FAFSA form is February 1. Student Financial Services has all the details (including the link to the form and our school code). 

Housing and Meal Plan Contracts Due

Residential Life outlines key dates for current students.

Networking Events

Students connect with alums at these annual networking events (or any time via UVM Connect). 

WinterFest

Like Week of Welcome, WinterFest is a week of programs and activities, including the Winter ActivitesFest (it's never too late to get involved). UVM Bored posts the calendar in December. 

Student Leadership Opportunities

Students can apply to be an Orientation Leader this month. Resident Advisor applications are typically due February 1 - view the Resident Advisor website for this year's deadlines. For additional on-campus opportunities view the Student Employment website

Martin Luther King, Education and Learning Week

It's UVM's tradition to welcome a powerful keynote speaker to headline this week of education and learning

FEBRUARY

Summer University

Registration for "Summer U" UVM's summer courses (on campus, online and around the world through travel courses) opens in February.

Summer Jobs

Nope, it's not too soon to start thinking about summer plans. Opportunities abound - Handshake is a good starting point.  

Spring Career Fair

Network with hundreds of employers looking to hire UVM students. Not just for seniors!

Academic Support

With new classes and a new routine, now's a good to assess if additional academic support may be needed. 

Meet with an Academic Advisor

Students should reach out to their academic advisor to check in and begin to plan ahead, for example for service learning classes or study abroad.  

MARCH

Register for Classes

This month, students should work with their academic advisor to register for next semester's classes

Spring Break

UVM students are off for a week in March. Reminder: halls close, too. 

Returner Room Selection

Where will your student live next year? Room selection happens in March. 

APRIL

Student Research Conference

Undergraduate students are engaged in a broad range of research at the University. Students present their research at this annual conference

Events

Lots of events take place this month - speakers, Earth Week, SpringFest and more. There is no shortage of things to do in April, but it's a good time to check in with your student about balancing it all. 

End-of-Year

It's a good time to check out with your advisor and check in on your credits. Seniors have a number of steps to take before Commencement, which is outlined on the Commencement website