What could be better than kicking off your college experience with a week of fun, adventure, and bunch of brand-new friends? For over 40 years, UVM TREK has provided incoming first-year and transfer students with extraordinary wilderness, service, and leadership experiences - and opportunities to connect with your new UVM community (and beyond) all just before the start of the fall semester.

Stay Tuned! The 2022 TREK dates will be released in the Spring Semester as well as all of the registration details.



What Is TREK?

Sponsored by the Department of Student Life’s Outdoor and Civic Engagement Programs, TREK offers new UVM students experiential learning opportunities that promote self-discovery and connection to future classmates - just before the start of the academic year. TREK is divided into two themed programs that cater to student  interests: Wilderness and Service - each with specific trips which students can register for. We also offer identity-specific trips.

Explore TREK Trips →


Accessibility to Adventure

At its core, TREK's goal is to connect incoming first-year students with each other and upperclass students through a shared love of service and the outdoors. We know that historically these types of programs have been designed for temporarily able-bodied people and athletic body types. We intentionally design a variety of trip types and difficulties so that the TREK program can be accessible to the widest range of body size, previous experience, physical ability and required accommodations.  Within each trip description we are explicit about the physical challenges present on each trip to help you understand if you’ll want to ask for an accommodation.

Students with any type of disability are encouraged to apply and participate in all TREK programs. We will provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations, in consultation with the UVM Student Accessibility Services

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Space on TREK trips is limited. Save the date for when registration goes live and learn more about what you'll need to sign up.

Learn about Registering →

Pick a trip

TREK offers 15 Wilderness, Service, and Identity-themed trips to choose from - from Backpacking to Habitat for Humanity.

Find a Trip →


The cost of attending TREK depends on which trip you choose. Find out how to pay for TREK and/or apply for financial support.

Review Costs →


From move-in logistics to TREK trip specifics - we're sure you've got lots of questions. Hopefully we've got some answers.

Read our TREK FAQs →