Moving in day on campus

AUGUST ORIENTATION

We cannot wait to bring you on campus! Orientation groups are based on your assigned move-in date (check out the Res Life move-in dates here). There are two main Orientation groups based on move-in day, Green & Gold. Check to see which group you are in, and which schedule to follow! Green group move-in will occur on August 26th, and Gold group move-in will occur on August 27th. 

Transfer students living on-campus, you will be participating based on your assigned move-in day! Log into your housing portal to check which day you will move-in. If you are not living on-campus, either as a first-year commuter student or a Transfer student, you will be participating in the Gold group schedule of programming.  

As a reminder, all off-campus students are in the Gold group and your Orientation experience begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 28. You can park in the Gutterson Garage bottom level, or in the surrounding area outside Gutterson (parking will be free on Saturday). Meet us at the basketball courts between University Heights and Harris-Millis hall (directions can be found here)!

Note: If you are participating in an Early Experience program such as WEventure, TREK or International Student Orientation, you will be participating based on your Res Hall's assigned move-in once you have returned from your trip!

 

August Orientation Overview

Welcome Catamounts! Here's a little snapshot of what your orientation weekend is going to look like. You will be participating in most of these events with your AdvoCat Orientation Leader, in your Orientation Groups.

For now, we are keeping this schedule as an overview, and you will be prompted to download our app closer to arrival. The app will contain details about the where, what, when, how and who of the various campus events we'll be offering.

A snapshot of some of our faves you can expect so far:

  • Block Party - come enjoy delicious food and music in a fun campus Block Party!
  • Outdoor Yoga - decompress during this busy weekend with an outdoor yoga session
  • Twilight Induction - culminate your orientation weekend with our magical twilight induction ceremony

 

August 26-29, 2021

Thursday, August 26

 GreenGold
MorningMove-In N/A
AfternoonMove-In  & Family Farewell* N/A
EveningDinner
Learning Community Programming
Social Events
 N/A

*Families and parents, join us for a small cocktail reception and a "Families in Transition" presentation before we send you off! More details will be coming to you by email soon.

Reminder, the University of Vermont is requiring masks/face coverings in all indoor spaces for all individuals (including those who are fully vaccinated) at this time. Please bring a mask if you are able!


Friday, August 27

 GreenGold
MorningBreakfast
Life on Campus Session
Move-In
AfternoonLunch
Orientation Programs
Move-In & Family Farewell*
EveningDinnerDinner
Learning Community Programming
Social Event

*Families and parents, join us for a small cocktail reception and a "Families in Transition" presentation before we send you off! More details will be coming to you by email soon.

Saturday, August 28

 GreenGold
MorningBreakfast
Orientation Programming  
Breakfast
Life on Campus Session
AfternoonLunch
Academic Unit Meetings
Lunch
Academic Unit Meetings
EveningDinner
Rally on the Green
Dinner
Rally on the Green


Sunday, August 29

 GreenGold
MorningBreakfast
Orientation Programming
Breakfast
Orientation Programming
AfternoonLunch
Orientation Programming
Lunch
Orientation Programming
EveningDinner
Convocation
March to Twilight Induction
Dinner
Convocation
March to Twilight Induction

 

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 access@uvm.edu 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 saffairs@uvm.edu

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.

Fall Move-In  Information

Make sure to check out the arrival information that Residence Life has put together on coming to campus and what you need to do to be set-up for success upon arrival!

RESIDENTIAL LIFE ARRIVAL

 

Download the Compass app (for access to the UVM Welcome Guide)

nullMake sure to download the Compass app for your UVM Welcome Guide! This guide will have locations, times, and all other important details about your August Orientation program.

DOWNLOAD THE APP

 

UVM BORED

Use UVM BORED to learn all about what is happening on campus and in Burlington! UVM BORED is run by students in collaboration with our Student Life office to give you the inside scoop on what's on around town.

SEE THE EVENTS

 

Center for Academic Success

The Center for Academic Success (CFAS) is your go-to for on-campus general academic support. From Student Accessibility Services, to free one-on-one tutoring at the Tutoring Center, to general tips and tricks, get a jump on your academics with CFAS!

CFAS RESOURCES