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First-time, first-year students are required to live on campus their first four semesters. For their first year, students are assigned to a room based in part on their Learning Community preferences.

Review next steps—and check back often for updates!


After paying your UVM acceptance fee:

  1. Submit your housing and meal plan contract. Login to myResLife, click on Go to myHousing, and under Fall 2018 select 2018-2019 Housing and Meal Plan Contract. (Get help to activate your UVM NetID.)
  2. Explore your Learning Community options and rank your preferences on your contract.
  3. Contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) if you need an ADA housing accommodation.
  4. Receive your Learning Community placement in late May.


Housing and meal plan contract available at myResLife (after paying acceptance fee)  
Deadline to submit housing and meal plan contract May 4, 2017 (end of the day)
Learning Community placement notification May 17, 2018
Enhanced Experience applications open (first week of June) Now Open
Housing and meal plan contract reopens for roommate preferencing (June 1) June 1, 2018
Trading Spaces request form opens (June 25-July 6) June 25, 2018
Enhanced Experience applications close June 30, 2018
Housing and meal plan contract closes for roommate preferencing June 30, 2018
Deadline for Student Accessibility Services ADA housing accommodation requests June 30, 2018
Trading Spaces request form closes July 6, 2018
Central Campus check-in times released (CCRH and Converse Hall) July 20, 2018
All housing assignments released August, 10, 2018



First-year students will be placed in one of these Learning Communities or in traditional (unprogrammed) housing. These choices will be listed on your housing and meal plan contract:


  • Rank them from high to low (1-10) based on your level of interest (required).
  • You will be placed in the highest-ranked LC that has a space available.
  • We will notify you of your LC placement (in late May before Orientation). You can then view it in myResLife.
  • (optional) Between June 1-June 30, apply for Enhanced Experiences that your LC offers.


Being part of an Enhanced Experience (EE) allows you to further engage your passions outside the classroom and be a part of a smaller, close-knit community, and many LCs offer them. They all require an application, which must be completed in June.


Keep in mind that:

  • You can only apply for the EE of your Learning Community. Review your LC placement at myResLife.
  • Some communities have EEs with limited space. Due to high interest, we recommend you apply to as many in your LC that interest you.
  • Applying for an EE may affect roommate preferences—if you get into one but your preferred roommate does not, you will not be placed together.
Arts and Creativity 2-D/3-D
Body Performance
Emerging Media
Sound Out
Word Space
Cultural Crossroads
Innovation and Entrepreneurship none
Leadership Dewey Collective for Community Engagement
Outdoor Experience Adventure Mentorship
Local Landscapes
OE/WE Dual Citizenship
Sustainability none
Wellness Environment none



Many students prefer to have a ResLife-assigned roommate, but if you choose to preference a roommate, you can do that between June 1-June 30 when your housing contract reopens.

Things to keep in mind:

  • You and your roommate must live in the same Learning Community.
  • We will honor mutual roommate preferences as best we can and as space permits.
  • Preferencing one roommate does not guarantee you to a double room.
  • Acceptance into an Enhanced Experience may impact roommate preferences.

To preference one roommate if you would like to live in a double:

  • On your housing and meal plan contract, enter the NetID (e.g. jsmith) of the person you wish to room with.
  • Your intended roommate must also preference you the same way.
  • Roommate preferences must be mutual and cannot be added after June 30.
  • Important: Click confirm to save your preference!
  • Roommate preferences are not guaranteed (but we will do our best!)

To preference two roommates if you would like to live in a triple:


After you receive your Learning Community placement, you will be automatically scheduled for your first-year required course. Please check with your academic advisor/faculty director during Orientation if this creates a conflict with your academic major's course requirements.

Arts and Creativity Arts and Creativity Foundations 1 Paula Higa, Major Jackson
Cultural Crossroads Exploring Identities and Global Lives 1 Emily Manetta, Kyle Kieda
Innovation and Entreprenuership Innovation Explored 1 Andy Mead
Leadership EDHI 096: Leadership for Social Change 1 Jay Garvey
Outdoor Experience VT Outdoor Experience 1 Walter Kuentzel
Sustainability NR 15: Ecology of Place 1 Zac Ispa-Landa
Wellness Environment COMU001: Healthy Brains, Healthy Bodies 3 James Hudziak



When will I speak with a member my college during their academic advising portion of Orientation?

Students meet with their academic unit on the first day of Orientation for an overview of their academic program and curriculum. On the morning of Day 2 students meet with an academic advisor to talk about their specific courses for this fall, and then register for classes/make adjustments to their course schedule. While some questions may be answered in Day 1 meetings, specific questions about individual students’ fall course schedule will be addressed on the morning of Day 2. In addition to academic advisors, LC staff will be on hand Day 2 during course registration to answer questions about the LC courses.


I see I have a couple courses but not a full schedule. Should I be concerned?

No need for concern. At UVM we pre-register students for courses they are required to take (because of their major, Learning Community, varsity sport, etc.), in order to simplify course registration. At Orientation in June, students will review their fall schedule with their advisor, identify any courses to add or adjust, and then complete their course registration with advisor assistance. Students leave Orientation with a full course schedule for the fall semester.


I don’t see any courses other than my LC course, but my friends have more classes.

Again, no worries. Some academic tracks don’t have a block of required first semester courses. At Orientation you will work with your advisor to build your fall schedule.


I am concerned about my course/credit load for fall semester. How many credits is too many?

This is also something you will be able to discuss at Orientation. Since each student is an individual, and each academic path and campus experience is unique, you will have a chance to talk about this with academic advisors to better understand your options and decide what’s best.


I already have 17 or 18 credits and am worried about the LC course.

The Learning Communities are working with academic advisors to ensure you will not be overloaded.


I don’t see an LC course but got a welcome letter from XYZ community.

Some students’ course schedules are more complicated than others due to required courses. During our initial pre-registration, the LC course occasionally conflicts with other required classes. We are currently working to resolve these issues before Orientation starts; each LC has a wide range of course meeting times and we anticipate resolving almost all conflicts. If for some reason your LC course conflicts with your required courses and we cannot resolve the conflict, we will work with you to remain in the LC and participate as a community member, but waive your LC course requirement.


If  I “trade spaces,” how will this impact my course schedule?

If you participate in Trading Spaces in July and are assigned to another LC, we will work with you and your academic unit to be sure you are enrolled in the correct LC course.


I can’t come to June Orientation. What do I do about any of the above concerns?

Be sure to call the Orientation office and let them know you cannot attend a June program. We have a process in place to support you in a variety of ways, including selecting courses or editing your fall course schedule. Your phone call to Orientation begins that process.


What is Trading Spaces?

Trading spaces occurs after Learning Community (LC) placements, but before room assignments are made. To the extent possible, you will have the opportunity to move between Learning Communities by trading spaces with another student. These moves will occur after Orientation ends in June and will be managed by ResLife staff.

Trading spaces can help support you in: 1) getting your preferred LC; and/or 2) getting your preferred roommate. As space permits, we’ll work to achieve both goals. If that is not possible, we’ll ask you which is more important to you—being in the LC, or having a specific roommate.



Log in to my ResLife to access your housing contract and view your Learning Community (LC) placement.