Orientation Leaders sitting in group

Check-In is from 8:00am – 10:00am on the first day of your session in the Harris/Millis Complex (67 Spear Street, Burlington, VT 05405). The program begins on central campus promptly at 10:30am in the Dudley H. Davis Center, so leave yourself some time to get settled and to the first event. Check-out is no later than 3:00pm on day two. Due to randomly assigned course registration times we are not able to provide an exact end time for individual students-- however, everyone will be done registering classes by 2:30pm. Detailed program schedules are provided at check-in.

Early arrival housing options are available the day prior to your session for individuals traveling long distances or who are in the Honors College and are attending the Honors College pre-orientation which starts the day before the regular session. The Honor's College programming will take place the evening before the primary session-- so folks who are attending should plan to arrive to campus between 3pm and 4pm for check-in.



Students are required to stay on campus and will share a room with another incoming first year student from their academic school or college. Linens (blankets, sheets, pillows and towels) are NOT provided - so be sure to pack accordingly. We recommend students bring a sleeping bag, pillows, towel, and sheets as desired. Alcohol, drugs and tobacco are not permitted in the residence halls at any time.

Gender Identity: UVM accommodates all gender identity expressions. Feel free to let us know what room assignment makes you feel most comfortable. 



You will recieve a detailed schedule at check-in on the first day of your session. In the meantime scope out the Day 1 and Day 2 programs at-a-glance to get a feel for what you'll be doing during Orientation:


- Check in between 8am and 10am at the Harris Millis Complex to receive program materials and room keys. 
- Campus Bus Tours
- University Welcome begins at 10:30 a.m.
- Academic Unit Meeting
- Welcome Meeting with your Orientation Leader and Student Group
- Lunch
- Residential Life and UVM Dining Services Information Sessions
- Campus Life and Academic Information Sessions
- Barbecue Dinner
- "I am UVM" Keynote Speaker
- Evening Social Activities


- Coffee and Bagel Breakfast
- Academic Advising Meetings
- Online Course Registration with Academic Advisors (Students will receive their appointment at check-in.)
- Brunch and Resource Fair
- Check Out by 3:00 p.m. (no exceptions can be made)
- If you have any questions about UVM's Orientation Program, please don't hesitate to contact us at (802) 656-4136 or orientation@uvm.edu.

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Common Questions

Does Orientation Cost

Orientation is FREE for attending students, unless they opt in for an early arrival. The fee for early arrival is $40, and includes housing, dinner, and programming for the night before the session.  There are also costs associated with the optional Family Orientation Program should any family members want to participate in that program.

Are Meals & Housing Provided?

Yes. Meals and Housing for students are included in their orientation program at no charge. If students would like to arrive a night early, they can opt into an early arrival for $40. Family meal and housing options are available at an additional cost.

Is Orientation Mandatory?

Yes. Orientation is your formal introduction to UVM, and to make the transition to college as easy as possible, you are required to attend. Exceptions will be made only in cases of extreme hardship or emergency. You must contact us if you are unable attend any sessions - this ensures you get the information you need to register for classes before you arrive in the fall.

Can I attend only 1 day of a session?

No. Academic unit meetings occur on one day, and advising and registration occur on another, therefore it is not beneficial for a student to attend only one day of the session. We recommend students plan to attend a different session if they are not able to be present for both days.

Can I bring a guest?

Due to space limitations, no guests are permitted other than those registered for Family Orientation.