Weather update: the procession and induction ceremony will take place outdoors, as planned

For the fourth year in a row, UVM’s incoming class has achieved the highest academic credentials in the university’s history. The Class of 2022, an estimated 2,500 students, have earned an average SAT score of 1264 and an average ACT of 28.1, record highs for any incoming class.

It’s a record that’s been set year after year since this year’s senior class arrived on campus in the fall of 2015, making the current undergraduate body the most academically talented in school history.

Beyond test scores, the Class of 2022 boasts a number of standout students with fascinating backgrounds — from a professional cinematographer, to an internationally competitive snowboarder, a classically trained advanced ballet dancer to a competitor in the long distance paddling world championships. They’re Eagle Scouts, entrepreneurs, National Hispanic Scholars, leaders in the LGBTQA community, and Olympic hopefuls.  

The incoming class hails from 43 states and 15 countries. Approximately 22 percent are Vermonters, and an estimated 12 percent are students of color. Thirty-five of Vermont’s Green and Gold Scholars, the top rising seniors in 68 high schools across the state, have chosen UVM.

First-year students arrive on campus Friday, Aug. 24 for Opening Weekend, an annual program that helps acquaint new students with college life. The weekend culminates in a convocation ceremony, Sunday, Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Patrick Gymnasium, to celebrate the opening of the new academic year. Following convocation, the UVM community will process down Main Street to the University Green, where the Class of 2022 will participate in a twilight induction ceremony. Weather update: the procession and induction ceremony will take place outdoors, as planned.

Classes begin for all undergraduates Monday, Aug. 27.

New this year

A number of new academic programs come online this year, including a major and minor in Health and Society, an interdisciplinary, cross-college program that applies social science approaches to questions of health and healing in human populations.

Also launched this year are doctorates in Physics and Complex Systems and Data Management, master’s in Biomedical Engineering, Engineering Management, Leadership for Sustainability, Athletic Training, and Physical Activity and Wellness Science. New minors include Emergency Medical Services and American Sign Language.  

Progress on construction projects continues, with a number of new facilities to greet students. The Grossman School of Business has opened Ifshin Hall (below), which connects to its home base in Kalkin Hall. The new facility features dedicated space for group work, enhanced capacity to host events like case competitions, new classrooms, and a coffee shop, Campus Perk, in the lobby.

Lobby of Ifshin Hall

The Michele and Martin Cohen Hall for the Integrative Creative Arts, located on South Williams Street, also opens this fall. The building, formerly Taft School, is designed to promote collaboration across the arts. Featuring classroom and studio space, students and faculty in music and dance, film and television, and studio art will work alongside each other and draw on resources that include an audio recording studio, a digital lab, and lighting studio, as well as display space.

Re-opening this fall is the historic Billings Library, now home to the Jack and Shirley Silver Special Collections Library, as well as the Humanities Center, the Carolyn and Leonard Miller Center for Holocaust Studies and the Center for Research on Vermont. A renovated North Lounge provides additional space for student study.

To help navigate a changing campus, UVM has launched a new, online interactive map, available at

Fall events 

Signature events this fall include:

  • A visit and talk by celebrated author Ta-Nehisi Coates, whose award-winning book, Between the World and Me, was this year’s First-Year Summer Read selection. Coates will speak at UVM Nov. 6
  • On Nov. 1, the annual Aiken Lecture presents Tan Le: Immigrant, Refugee and Revolutionary Tech CEO.
  • On Oct. 17, UVM and the Vermont Humanities Council will cohost a talk by David Sanger, chief Washington correspondence for The New York Times and author of The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age. This event will take place at 5 p.m. in Ira Allen Chapel.
  • The Painted Word Poetry Series, hosted by UVM professor and celebrated poet Major Jackson, continues this fall, and includes a reading by Pulitzer Prize winner Sharon Olds, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in UVM’s Alumni House.


Amanda Kenyon Waite