First-year students at convocation

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 in a Learning Community.

Research shows that students who live on campus experience higher rates of retention, satisfaction, and academic success. A common residential experience helps students connect with peers, receive support from faculty and staff, and foster academic and social development.



your on-campus housing timeline:

  • February 10: Housing and meal plan contracts open
  • May 4: Housing and meal plan contracts close
  • May: Learning Community placements communicated
  • July: Room and roommate assignments released
  • August 28: Move-in day


After your UVM acceptance fee is processed:

  1. Submit your housing and meal plan contract. Login to
    - Click "Login" on the green navigation bar
    - Select blue box at bottom: UVM - STUDENT SSO LOGIN
    - Enter your UVM NetID and password
    - Select 2020-2021 housing and meal plan contract. (Get help to activate your UVM NetID.)
  2. Contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) if you need an ADA housing accommodation.
  3. Receive your Learning Community placement within 2 business days of submitting your contract.



Housing and meal plan contract available at after acceptance fee is processedFebruary 10, 2020
Deadline to submit housing and meal plan contractMay 4, 2020
Learning Community placements releasedby May 20, 2020

Trading Spaces and Roommate preferencing available

June 29, 2020 - July 5, 2020

Deadline for Student Accessibility Services ADA housing accommodation requests

June 30, 2020



First-year students will be placed in one of these Learning Communities. These choices will be listed on your housing and meal plan contract. Locations are tentative and subject to change.


Many students prefer to have a ResLife-assigned roommate, but if you choose to preference a roommate in the same Learning Community, you can do that starting June 29 at

Things to keep in mind:

  • You and your roommate must be placed 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 a double room. Roommate pairs are placed in either a double room or a triple room with a third roommate.


Once you are assigned to a Learning Community, you will be automatically enrolled in the course that is required for your Learning Community. Please check with your academic advisor/faculty director if this creates a conflict with your academic major's course requirements.

Arts and CreativityArts and Creativity1LC 001
Cultural CrossroadsExploring Identities and Global Lives1LC 002
Honors CollegeThe Pursuit of Knowledge3HCOL 085
Innovation and EntrepreneurshipInnovation and Entrepreneurship1LC 003
Leadership & Social ChangeLeadership for Social Change1LC 004
Liberal Arts Scholars (LASP)LASP Colloquium1AS 095
Outdoor ExperienceVermont Outdoor Experience1LC 005
SustainabilityEcology of Place1LC 006
Wellness EnvironmentHealthy Brains, Healthy Bodies3COMU 001



Will I speak with a member my college about academic advising?

Yes, students will connect with their academic unit for an overview of their academic program and curriculum, and will discuss their specific courses with an advisor before registering for classes. In addition to academic advisors, LC staff will be available 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. When 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. .


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. 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?

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 will work to resolve these issues; 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 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.


What is Trading Spaces? Trading Spaces can (as space permits) provide you the opportunity to switch between Learning Communities (LCs). Trading Spaces requests are available online at starting June 29.

This process is managed by ResLife staff and occurs after LC placements are released, but before room assignments are made.

Trading spaces can help support you in:

  1. getting your preferred LC; and/or
  2. getting your preferred roommate who is in a different LC.

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 your preferred LC, or having a specific roommate.

Access your housing contract and view your Learning Community (LC) placement.