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 students with extraordinary adventure-sport, backcountry, and service experiences, all as an opportunity to connect with their new UVM community just before the start of their fall semester. 

TREK 2022 will take place from August 19th to August 24th. Lottery registration closes May 8th.

Missed the deadline to apply for TREK? Don't worry-- the Department of Student Life offers amazing leadership, service, and outdoor experiences all year long!

Learn more about Student Life.



For Incoming Registered TREK Participants: 
Our Teams Live event from July has been recorded and made available for your convenience. To learn more about packing and preparing for your upcoming trip, check out this video and our Preparing for TREK page!

Preparing for TREK  →



For General Questions About the TREK Program: 
Our Teams Live event from this April has been recorded and made available for your convenience. To learn more about the variety of trip opportunities we offer and how our new lottery and registration systems work, check out this video and our FAQ page!

Frequently Asked Questions  →



What Is TREK?

Sponsored by the Department of Student Life’s Outdoor Programs and Civic Engagement, 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 offers service, backcountry and adventure-based sport trips, as well as affinity space 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 our lottery form goes live and learn more about what you'll need to sign up.

Learn about Registering →

Pick a trip

TREK offers a variety of Affinity, Adventure-Sport Basecamp, Backcountry, and Service trips to choose from. 

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 →