January Orientation is for both new, incoming first-year students and transfer students and occurs on Friday, January 11, 2019. At orientation, you will have an opportunity to meet key staff members and other incoming students, have your questions answered, register for courses, and learn more about resources available on campus, as well as ways to get involved.

Orientation is free for students.  While students learn about life at UVM, family members can also attend the program on their own track. Their optional participation can be indicated during the session registration.


Registering for January Orientation

Registration for the January Orientation 2019 is open now. To complete the registration you will need to have your UVM netID and password set-up (How do I do this?), the number of family members attending orientation, and any accommodations or dietary needs you and/or any attending family members will need during the orientation program. You can complete this registration in your myUVM portal.

     January Orientation Schedule-at-a-Glance

  • 10:00am - 10:30am
    Check in at Davis Student Center, 4th Floor
  • 10:30am -10:45am
  • 10:45am - 11:30am
    OL Meetings & Family Meeting
  • 11:30am - 12:00pm
    THE First Year Experience Student Panel
  • 12:00am - 12:45pm
    Lunch & Resource Fair
  • 1:00pm -3:00pm
    Academic Unit Meeting, Academic Advising, & Course Registration Support
  • 1:00pm and 2:15pm
    Campus Bus Tour (depart from the 3rd floor of the Davis Center)



The online course registration process allows you to register for spring classes prior to attending January Orientation. If this interests you, you are welcome to reach out to the Student Services Office of your college and request more information. Although you are not required to do so, this option allows you to create your course schedule at your earliest convenience. At Orientation, a representative from your College will be available, if needed, to help you review and finalize your schedule and answer questions. You will soon receive materials from your Dean's office with complete instructions on this process, including course selection information.


Living on campus

If you plan to, or are required to, live on campus you must complete a request for housing through the Department of Residential Life.

Orientation participants who have been assigned a room will be permitted to move in on Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Students must check-in at the main desk of the complex they have been assigned to. Students living on campus should make sure they have gotten their CatCard (student I.D. card) before moving in, as they will need this to enter their residence hall.

Got housing questions? The Department of Residential Life is your go-to for all things regarding on-campus housing. They can be reached by e-mail at reslife@uvm.edu or by phone at (802) 656-3434.


Traveling to UVM

If you're unfamiliar with the Burlington area, or need ideas as to how you can get to campus for Orientation - please take a moment to look through our list of travel resources.


On-campus parking for January Orientation attendees will be available the day of your program. Parking will be provided in the Jeffords Parking lot to anyone attending the Orientation.  Please check the Orientation Reminder E-mail sent to you in advance of the Orientation date for further information.

Air Travel

Six airlines service the Burlington International Airport:

Taxis are readily available at the airport. The fare from the airport to UVM is approximately $15. There are a number of privately owned taxi services that operate in the greater Burlington area. Additionally, Uber also services the Burlington area.

Bus Lines

The two major bus lines service the Burlington area:

Greyhound (1-800-231-2222) has drop-off points a both at the Burlington International Airport and at UVM directly in front of the Royall Tyler Theater. Please note that not all Greyhound routes have a drop off at UVM - when checking the available schedules, stops at UVM are designated "Burlington UVM, VT", all other Burlington stops for Greyhound are at the Burlington International Airport.

Megabus (1-877-462-6342) is also another popular service that commutes frequently to Burlington from Amherst and Boston in Massachusetts, Saratoga Springs and New York City in New York, and Hartford Connecticut. The drop-off / pick-up spot for Megabus is also currently located in front of the Downtown Transit Center at 119 Pearl Street, Burlington. This is between Pine and Church Streets.

Train Travel

The Essex Junction train station, approximately 8 miles from campus, is served by Amtrak, which connects major cities across the U.S. For schedule and reservation information, please see the Amtrak website or call 1-800-872-7245.

Public Transportation (City Bus)

The Green Mountain Transit (GMT) is the local network of bus routes that extends throughout many cities and towns in Chittenden County and beyond, and includes frequent stops from early morning until late evening. The GMT is how many students without a vehicle will get around once they arrive on campus - in part because admission is FREE with your CATcard (Your College ID which you'll receive at Orientation). GMT busses also run to Montpelier and surrounding areas.

If you're confused by the GMT Route map - we recommend using Google Transit to help decipher the appropriate bus routes, times, and transfers you'll need to catch to get where you'd like to go.


Opening Weekend January Events

Wondering what other ways to you'll be able to get involved once you arrive? We're still building the schedule, but keep checking back here to see what new events are being added!

Questions about this January Orientation schedule? Please contact us at the Orientation Office - we're here to help!