• First Year Students at Convocation

The General Education Program reflects the faculty’s aspirations for all UVM undergraduates.  General Education is the foundation of a transformative educational experience that prepares students to become accountable leaders who bring to their work dedication to the global community, a grasp of complexity, effective problem-solving and communication skills, and an enduring commitment to learning and ethical conduct.  General Education courses transcend disciplinary boundaries; they help students develop integrated competencies that are essential to lifelong learning and responsible citizenship.

UVM currently has four General Education requirements: Diversity, Foundational Writing and Information Literacy, Quantitative Reasoning, and Sustainability. To learn more about each of these requirements, use the menu button on the upper left to navigate this website.


Intended to provide undergraduate students with the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to function productively in a complex global society.

Quantitative Reasoning

Intended to assure that graduates can think critically, evaluate information, and reason quantitatively.

Foundational Writing and Information Literacy

Addresses a series of questions around information literacy.


Intended to provide undergraduate students with knowledge of social, ecological, and economic dimensions of complex problems.