ORIENTATION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I register for Orientation?
You actually don't! This year, you will participate in one virtual Orientation Leader circle (the information will come to you via email in late July). You will then participate in another in-person Orientation Leader circle during August Orientation Weekend. We will be assigning the groups, so you don't need to register yourself for anything.
I have a disability and/or accessibility need. What should I do?
New Student Programs is committed to welcoming all first-year students and their families. Participants who need assistance or accommodations to fully enjoy the Orientation program are encouraged to contact the Student Accessibility Services Office (SAS) and the New Student Programs Office well in advance, as some accommodations take time to implement. In consultation with the Student Accessibility Office we will provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations.
We also suggest you visit the “Newly Admitted Students" section of the Student Accessibility Services website. You can call Student Accessibility Services at (802) 656-7753 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time to come to an Student Accessibility Services Informational Workshop, and learn more about submitting documentation. Families are welcome to attend these workshops along with students. Please include your UVM student ID number (95 number) on all correspondence with SAS.
Should I register a family member for the Family reception?
There is no need to register family members for the family reception and Families in Transition session.
Does Orientation cost anything for me?
Student costs for the Orientation Program are covered by the acceptance fee paid to admissions - as a student, you're all set!
Is Orientation mandatory?
Yes. Orientation is your formal introduction to UVM, and to make the transition to college as easy as possible, you’re required to attend. Exceptions will be made only in cases of extreme hardship or emergency. You must call the New Student Programs Office at (802) 656-4136 if you’re unable to attend.
What meals are provided during Orientation?
All Orientation meal costs for students are covered by the fee paid to admissions - as a student, you're all set!
Is there a different orientation for international students?
International students will be participating in August Orientation alongside domestic students. For more information about coming to campus as an international student, please contact the Office of International Education.
Who are the student Orientation Leaders (OLs)?
AdvoCat Orientation Leaders (OLs) provide you with a high-quality and enthusiastic introduction to the University of Vermont! OLs help new students make a successful and smooth transition into UVM by serving as resources and role models for new students. You might have met your Advo already if you attended a Chat with a Cat session this Summer, or in your Virtual Orientation Leader circle. Check out our awesome AdvoCats on our Contact pgae.
Does the University have a fall weekend designated for family visits?
Yes, UVM Family Weekend occurs in the fall semester. The UVM Division of Student Affairs sponsors this weekend and encourages families to reserve accommodations early and join us for academic open houses, athletic games and much more! For more information visit the webpage they have put together. This year, Fall Family Weekend will be a "choose your adventure" model. More information can be found by emailing email@example.com.
When/Where do I check-in?
Your Orientation experience will kick-off after you have moved into your dorm. For our off-campus students, we will have more details coming soon about when, where and how you should join us for our programming!
What if I arrive late on the morning of my session?
You’ll still check in at your Residence Hall. From there, an Orientation staff member will direct you to where you need to go.
Can I move into my dorm early?
Unfortunately we cannot allow any exceptions for the move-in schedule as students are assigned to their orientation groups by move-in date. We are staggering move-in to try to reduce the flow of people on campus, and simply cannot accommodate any changes.
Why are there two groups? Am I missing out by being in the Gold group?
We have two orientation groups that will be coming together to participate in the same programming starting on Saturday afternoon. Because we have to coordinate two move-in dates among almost 3000 students, we have to be careful to ensure the flow of activities is going to be manageable for our new students, our orientation staff, and our campus community at large.
We guarantee that we are putting as much excitement into each and every event as possible, and though the Gold group and Green group programs differ slightly, we believe that all new students will feel excited and welcomed and ready to begin their UVM journey. Remember, August Orientation is just one of several ways to connect and get involved on campus as a new student.