a student and their family moving carrying belongings during move-in

Families provide a crucial support system in the journey to college - we see you and all that you do behind-the-scenes to support your Catamount. Thank you! You’re such an important part of this transition and we’re excited to welcome you to Catamount Community right alongside your student. We know that you and your family will also be impacted by this change to a virtual summer orientation program, and we are here to provide some time-tested guidance and support.


While college is a time of great discovery, growth, and adventure; it can also be challenging and at times overwhelming. The UVM Vice Provost and Dean of Students office is here to support you and your student's success by providing advocacy and support for students and families who are facing challenges ranging from mental and physical wellbeing to financial, familial and beyond.

Their intent is to make the UVM campus a "home away from home" by offering a full range of services and resources. They're are always available to answer questions, and discuss difficult situations that families or students may find challenging - and invite you to contact their office with any questions or concerns during your student's UVM career.


Family Events

You’ve likely got a lot of questions - from what it’s like to live on campus, to how to navigate your finances and billing.  We’re here to help. As the summer progresses we’ll be adding a number of live sessions meants to help give you the information and provide a space to ask questions so you can support your student’s transition to college and success throughout their UVM career.

Save the date for these upcoming sessions -

*All Times are Eastern Daylight Time & Recordings will be Posted after Sessions.


A Family's Guide to College

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Annie Stevens, Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Joe Russell, Asst. Dean of Students will provide you with information and strategies to assist you in supporting your student as they navigate the many academic, social, and developmental aspects of college life.


Preparing for Fall: UVMStrong Presentation

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Learn more about UVM's preparations, policies, and procedures as it relates to the global pandemic and the fall semester.


Navigating Financial Matters

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Navigate the world of billing, scholarships, awards, and deadlines with Student Financial Services Staff.


UVMStrong Updates + Living on Campus Session

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Residential Life is teaming up with the UVMStrong Fall 2020 Advisory Committee for a session that will speak to living and dining on campus and many fall logistics. In advance of this session, review the 'UVMStrong Fall 2020 Learning Options: On-Campus/At-Home Planning' communication here.


Faculty Focus Series

July - August - Visit Series Page for More Info

There's so much of UVM to discover - we know you might not have had a chance to explore campus yourself, so we asked our amazing professors to share their perspectives and expertise . Explore outdoor places and makerspaces and learn some tips for succeeding at UVM - straight from the experts, with this series of webinars.


Orientation Leader FAM JAM

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Connect with current students and get your questions answered at Orientation's first FAM JAM ("Just Ask Me") session! This is an informal chance for families to ask questions about the past experieince of some of our incredible student leaders, learn about their favorite on and off campus food/places/things to do, and to learn some tips and tricks about UVM.


UVMStrong Presentation: Preparing for Arrival

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Join UVMStrong Fall 2020 Advisory Committee for a session about preparing for arrival: this session will cover what students need to do to prepare for arrival, including pre-testing, quarantine, the move-in processes, and dining. In advance of this session, review the UVM Return to Campus website here.


UVMStrong Presentation: Navigating UVM - Student Engagement and Resources

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Join members of the UVMStrong Fall 2020 Advisory Committee for a session about UVM engagement this fall. In advance of this session, review the UVM Return to Campus website here.


Tips from a Neuroscientist: Helping Students Succeed in the First Semester

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Transitions are hard, especially during a pandemic. Join Dr. Jim Hudziak to learn what you can do to help your student (and yourself) thrive during their first 2 weeks at UVM using modern neuroscience and the science of behavior change. Kindness, gratitude, mindfulness - a few simple behaviors can lead to big changes. Join us for a conversation about navigating this uncertain time. It starts now.


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UVM takes your student's privacy seriously. We work within federal policies to ensure your young adults' rights are protected throughout their time at UVM.  University officials are constrained in what they can share with parents/families, absent consent of the student, by the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act.  This includes things like grades, schedules, transcripts, billing information and more.

Initially this might feel counterintuitive to supporting your student in this transition - but consider it a great jumping off point for setting expectations and establishing clear lines of communication between you, well before the start of the academic year. Additionally, learning more about Proxy Access could resolve some frustrations around accessing financial information.

For more regarding students’ rights with respect to access to, and privacy of their student educational record - read the University’s FERPA Rights Disclosure Policy (pdf).



A Helping Hand

Here are some important resources that'll help you navigate all that lies ahead...