Your HCOL advising relationship lasts as long as you are a student in the Honors College. During your first year, the HCOL Advisor for the First Year Experience works with you as your navigate the transition from high school to college and begins an ongoing conversation with you about your academic interests and future career goals. The Sophomore Year Advisor works with students in their second year to discuss choice of major, career goals, and plans for study abroad when appropriate. Students are encouraged to seek mentoring relationships with faculty in their home colleges early in their second year; those faculty relationships form the basis of a great deal of HCOL-related Junior and Senior-year advising when the focus is on preparation for and then execution of the Senior Thesis project. Students in the Honors College will often find that advisors in the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Office of Fellowships Advising (both of whose offices are housed in the Honors College) are enormously valuable throughout their career at UVM, but in particular during the final two years. And students are, of course, welcome to seek advice from HCOL staff at any time during their time in the Honors College.
Advising in the Honors College (HCOL)
As an HCOL student, you are a dual citizen at UVM with academic ties to your home undergraduate college and to the Honors College. Together with your assigned advisor in your degree-granting college, Honors College academic advisors help you navigate HCOL course requirements and can often refer you to university resources that will enable you to thrive and enjoy a successful UVM experience. In addition to guiding you to academic support resources, an Honors College advisor can direct you to opportunities across the University including opportunities to join clubs and organizations, get involved in the community, study abroad, pursue undergraduate research, apply for competitive fellowships, or explore work related to career and professional development.
The Advising Relationship
Both advisor and advisee share responsibilities and expectations.
Your Advisor in the Honors College:
- Is a facilitator of communication, a coordinator of learning experiences, an academic progress reviewer, and a referral agent. We want you to be cognizant of the many opportunities UVM affords for personal and academic growth. We are here to help you achieve your academic and personal goals.
- Helps you make informed decisions throughout your UVM career. We want you to have a rich and rewarding college experience and will refer you to appropriate resources on campus.
- Operates within a holistic vision of advising; we know that impediments to academic success are often complex.
- Listens to you and helps you clarify academic and career goals.
- Helps you interpret academic requirements and policies, and complements the advice you receive from your formal, undergraduate advisor.
- Connects you with opportunities for undergraduate research.
- Directs you to experiential and career development opportunities across the university.
- Reviews your academic performance and GPA (3.20 is required to remain in HCOL) and helps you work out an academic plan for success.
- Creates a customized student success strategy just for you. We sit down with you and help you prepare a comprehensive plan for a successful undergraduate education based on your skills and career aspirations.
As an Advisee in the Honors College:
- You accept responsibility for your own decisions.
- Keep your advisor informed if you encounter issues that hinder your academic success. Your advisor can help you find necessary supports, both personal and academic.
- Come prepared for your meetings with your advisor.
- Seek advising from your home college advisor for specific degree requirements.
All HCOL staff and the faculty who teach HCOL courses are accessible to students and may become valuable resources to you. The HCOL staff offices are on the first floor of University Heights North and are open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Primary Advising Personnel and Their Roles in the Honors College
MARTHA LANCEMartha.Lance@uvm.edu 802-656-9103
Martha focuses on the overall success and retention of students in their initial year at UVM and is available for advising and support on developing an academic success strategy, finding opportunities for engagement outside the classroom, choice of major, and career goals. The Advisor meets with individual students to create a strategy for success that outlines a comprehensive plan for their time at UVM and beyond based on each student’s skillset and career aspirations.
Ian Grimmer, Interim Associate Dean
The Associate Dean oversees the first year curriculum and expectations related to the completion of the senior thesis.
Peer Mentors are current Honors College upperclass students who work closely with first years as they navigate the transition to college and life in Honors College. First year Honors College students are assigned a peer mentor as a person that they can go to during their first semester on campus with any questions about finding their "niche" on campus. In addition to advising groups of students, Honors College Peer Mentors organize events for all HCOL students including drop-in advising socials, de-stressing events during finals, and other activities in the College that build connections and camaraderie. Read more about the peer mentors here.
Other Advising Resources
Two other important advising offices are located in the Honors College - the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Office of Fellowships Advising. The directors of both offices are Honors College Staff, although they serve the entire UVM student population.
Ann Kroll Lerner, Director of Fellowships, Opportunities, and Undergraduate Research
Office of Fellowships Advising
Katie Alexander, Fellowships advisor
Honors College Faculty
The faculty who teach HCOL courses are carefully selected and also provide academic mentoring to students.