students walking on campus

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

Beyond the academic calendar, based on our experience families are key partners for student success throughout the year. What should you be aware of and what steps can you take to support your student? 

We break it down by month:

AUGUST + SEPTEMBER

New Students Housing Assignments Released

These are sent to students' UVM e-mail addresses and include your specific check-in time for Move-In Day. 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. 

Register for UVM Parent and Family Weekend

Make your plan to return to campus in October to spend time with your student, meet with your student's Dean's office, attend a class, and experience life on campus through your student's lens. Learn more and register on the website.  

Opening Weekend for New Students

Move-In Day - can be stressful, but our campus volunteers help you unload your things. Families, plan to head to the Family Farewell after your say goodbye to your student in the afternoon. Wondering what's open and what's happening? It's all on the Opening Weekend website

First Day of Class

Students who have downloaded the free UVM Guide application can both view their schedule and map to their classroom locations. While they're there they can view important to-do's and reminders. 

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.

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.

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

Four Year Plan for Career Success

UVM's Career Services partnered with each school and college to create a specialized plan for career success. Each plan covers what students should be thinking about each year - first year included. Interactive worksheets guide students towards their goals. 

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. 

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 Weekend
We hope you attend

The Career Fair

This annual event is a great opportunity for students to meet with employers. But first, students may want to meet with a career counselor to dust of their resume and talk about their goals. Handshake makes this easy - students can either schedule a 1:1 or upload a file for online review. 

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. 

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). 

Amazing Speakers, Researchers, Artists and more
As a national research university, UVM draws a broad range of researchers, thought-leaders and talented creatives to campus throughout the year. It's hard to keep tabs on every event, but UVM Bored, the Fleming Museum, Lane Series (for music), Royal Tyler Theater and the campus calendar are good starting points. 

NOVEMBER

Course Registration

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

Housing and Meal Plan Contracts Due

Residential Life outlines key dates for current students.

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. 

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). 

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

Join the Parent and Family Facebook Group

Families are connecting and answering each other's questions in this closed Facebook group (just for UVM families).