Frequently Asked Questions about UVM's Summer Academy Program


The only requirement that we have for the Summer precollege program is that the student’s parent/guardian agrees that the student is academically ready to try out a college course.
When registering, please provide information regarding any conditions or accommodations your child might require for participation in the program including medical conditions, medication, or other pertinent information about which emergency medical personnel should be informed in the event such care is required or advisable. We cannot administer medications, so should your child need assistance with prescription medications please contact us over the phone to make arrangements.
Summer Academy dates are: July 5-17, 2020 on campus and July 20-31, 2020 online. Residential Students should plan to arrive on Sunday, July 5 between 9am-11am to check-in. Once students are checked in, the program has begun. The two week online portion begins once they leave campus. Commuter Students should plan to arrive in your classroom Monday, July 6 by 9:00am (see classroom location on the Courses tab).
While participating in Summer Academy, students will attend scheduled lectures and eat in campus dining halls. Outside of the classroom we have scheduled activities, both indoors and outdoors, workshops, and off-campus adventures.  Students will be provided with a schedule of activities upon arrival on campus.
Residential students will be sent an email prior to the start of the program with directions on obtaining a CATcard and on the first day of class you will be brought to the CATcard office to pick them up. UVM CATcard is the official identification card of UVM. Local and commuter students can obtain their CATcards at the CATcard office anytime after they are registered. CATcards are multi-functional with digitized photo and electronic identification and validation for departments needing to verify student and/or employee status.  The CATcard provides residential student access to meals and the residential hall.
As a high school student, you are enrolled with University of Vermont Continuing and Distance Education as non-degree student with rights and privileges to UVM resources.
Residential students will find out more about campus safety on their first day when Police Services and the Fire Marshall come for a brief talk on safety.  The Annual Public Safety Report and Fire Safety Report (Clery) provide information on campus safety and fire safety policies, practices and programs, as well as information on crime and fire statistics. These reports can be found at:
Please refer to the Tuition and Fees page for detailed pricing.
Financial aid is not available for students participating in this program. There are a limited number of scholarships available and you can apply once you have been admitted to the program.  Scholarships will be available first come first serve, based on financial need and merit so you will be asked to provide a personal statement and need for financial assistance.  Scholarship deadline is March 15 or when funds have been allocated, whichever occurs first.  Some students have also found financial support from their local service organizations, religious groups, or banking institutions to help with costs.
You will be notified via email to your UVM email address when your bill is available online. For summer courses, you will not receive a bill until mid-May. UVM does not send paper bills. Your bill will indicate your due date – please note that your bill may be due before your classes begin. Bills not paid by the due date are subject to a $250 late fee and a hold on your student record. Visit to view all bill and payment due dates. PLEASE NOTE: If someone else will be paying your bill, you have the option to set up a Proxy on your account. To do this, go to the Student Financial Services (SFS) page in your myUVM portal and select ‘Set Up SFS Proxy Access and Manage Authorizations.”
UVM email is UVM’s official method of contact with students and staff. It is very important that you regularly check your UVM email or forward it to another e-mail account that you check regularly once you are registered. Once you have activated your UVM email, you can read your email via the web at or you can access it in your Myuvm portal page. Important messages from UVM, such as class cancellation notices, billing, announcements of special events, and financial aid communications will only be sent via your UVM email address. UVM professors also use email to notify you of any pre-class assignments or requirements. Billing notifications will ONLY be sent to your UVM email. It is extremely important to activate your UVM email as soon as possible and check it regularly.
No, there are not any prerequisites for the courses; they are designed for beginner or intermediate students.

For all of the Summer Academy courses you will earn 3 credits. These credits are part of your official UVM transcript.
Each class has different activities/assignments for the online portion of the course. Please refer to the course syllabus to find out exact details about the class.  After you are registered for your course in early March, you will gain access to the Blackboard page, but your course will not be visible until July 6, unless the instructor has pre-work.
Yes, the professor is available and happy to work with you throughout both the on campus and online portions of the course.
UVM Summer registration doesn’t open until early March.  You will receive an email to your UVM email address indicating you are registered and at that time you can log in to your myuvm portal and check your schedule.  If you are a residential student, a copy of the residential activities will be sent to you via email in early June.
Laptops or tablets are required for UVM courses. Please refer to the course syllabus or email your instructor for exact course requirements.  Please be sure you have Microsoft Office or a similar word processing program on your computer so you are able to complete course homework.
High school students participating in Summer Academy will be housed in a campus dorm together called Central Campus Residence Hall. Supervision will include a Residential Director and Residential Assistants who will live on the same floor. Students will be notified of their dorm roommate upon arrival.
Yes, if you are a residential student staying on campus, you are on campus from drop off on mid- morning on Sunday July 5th until mid-morning pick up the following Friday, July 17th. During programmed activities, there will always be a UVM activities coordinator with the students. Residential students are able to walk/jog/run on campus and may roam around campus but they may not leave campus on their own. If you have a planned absence your parent must notify Nichole Hathaway the details.  Guests are not allowed in the dorms, unless it has been preauthorized by the Resident Director.
Students may be unsupervised while moving around on campus between dining halls, classrooms, residence halls, library, and other campus facilities but we have a Resident Director and Resident Assistants to monitor the students as much as possible. High School students must remain in the dormitory between 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM. Students who travel off campus on their own, without a UVM staff person, or who try to leave the dormitory between the hours of 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM may be removed from the program without refund. UVM does not provide adult supervision while students are participating in off campus activities on their own.
Please refer to the housing page. Roommates are randomly assigned. If you would like to specify a roommate, please contact with your request.
You may bring a cell phone, but it is not required.  Cell phones are to be silenced and put away while in class.
The residence hall is equipped with free laundry facilities, but students need to provide their own detergent.
Students are allowed to bring their car to campus for the program.  Students must purchase a parking permit from Parking Services in order to park their cars on the campus premises. Parking Services is located at 38 Fletcher Place, Burlington.  Students living in the residence halls may not use their cars to get to classes. Parking lots are restricted according to permit type. You will be responsible for all parking citations. See the Transportation and Parking website for more information concerning parking and transportation.