Location: Burlington, VT
Undergraduate size: 9,970
Tuition (one year): $29,674 in-state, $51,736 out-of-state
Percent Women: 56%
Most popular majors: Business Administration and Management, Psychology, English, Environmental Studies, Political Science and Government
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 77.6% (2013)
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit www.uvm.edu/admissions
Why Choose UVM?
"There is really no typical student here at UVM. If you’re an open-minded individual with an appreciation for nature, you’ll fit right in. UVM is great for independent students as well. Because we’re a bigger school, it is important to put yourself out there in order to find your niche. This is also what makes UVM so unique—you’ll be hard-pressed to find another school with such a wide-array of personalities. The mountains, the lake, and the city of Burlington that is smack dab in the middle only adds to all of the amazing and genuine friends you are sure to meet in your 4 years here in Burlington."
“It was somewhat of a gut feeling—I just couldn’t see myself anywhere else. I knew that students at UVM were good people, I knew I would be getting a good education, and I knew Burlington, VT was a very special place that I would be happy to call home for 4 years.”
"I'm a true Vermonter, only applied to UVM. Didn't even tour or look at another school."
"I came to UVM because my cousin had an amazing experience in the CDAE department that landed her a job at one of the top sustainability companies in the country. I wanted to follow her success and get a chance to snowboard the best of the east."
“Great size, great city, great mountains.”
“The outdoors. Lake Champlain sunsets just never get old, and the mountains are great for hiking in the spring and skiing in the winter.”
“The dining halls really cater to all needs. If you have dietary restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, kosher, etc.), UVM dining has got you covered.”
“The Gucciardi Recreation and Fitness Center overlooks the mountains and Virtue Field—it’s insanely gorgeous and much needed when working up a sweat!”
“The laid back attitude. Everyone is so friendly and open, which you don’t find everywhere.”
“You will really never get bored. With all of the different ways to get involved at UVM as well as the lively downtown scene, there is always something to do. Church St. is great for shopping, eating, and the bar scene, while Vermont lends itself to countless outdoor activities. You can also always find a concert here in Burlington.”
“Creemees! (Aka soft serve if you’re not from Vermont. Burlington Bay and Café overlooks Lake Champlain. Grabbing a creemee and watching the sunset has become one of my favorite things to do. Maple is their specialty.”
“Freshmen don’t have cable anymore which can stink. Also, living in Harris-Millis and Athletic Campus as a freshman makes it more difficult to meet other freshmen, just because of the way those dorms are set up. Chittenden-Buckham-Wills, aka the “shoeboxes”, are fun places to live as a freshman, but the dorms are tiny. However, they are being knocked down this summer I believe.”
“At a bigger school like UVM, you aren’t getting as much one-on-one attention. The classes don’t start getting smaller until you’re an upperclassman, and advising just is not the same as it would be at a smaller school.”
"It's FREEZING. This can be a damper on weeknights when you want to be going out, but feel like it's too cold to do anything. And then in the summer, it gets insanely hot, but UVM doesn't have A/C since the majority of the year is so cold."
“The library can feel pretty depressing sometimes. It feels like a giant dark-hole. But, I guess that means less distraction when studying!”
"For some people, it's hard for them to find their niche, just because there are so many different types of people at this school. They might find themselves in the wrong crowd and not know how to get out. But once they do find their group of friends, they are so much happier."
New Collegiette On Campus
“Being a freshman is stressful. College is a lot to get used to, with living away from home for the first time and having to establish a new support base here plus the added everyday stress of classes. As someone who puts school as a first priority, balancing having a social life and all that is expected of a social life in college is hard. Finding the balance of going out and work is often hard especially when most people "go hard" almost every night, or when my neighbors decide to blast EDM until 1 am. All of that aside, I really like it here thus far. Overall I would say that UVM does an amazing job helping with the transition to college life and it has played a big role in my positive experience so far as a freshman here.”
“The main concept that I've learned during first two months here at UVM is that your college experience will be what you want to make of it. You have to be your own motivation to get your work done, to actually attend class, to get involved with the college and the Burlington community, and to keep up a healthy lifestyle. There's no one to monitor you, or keep you on track, and it's your responsibility to reach out for help if you feel the need to. Having trustworthy friends and getting involved in activities that you enjoy are easy ways to make your college experience drastically better! Although it's important to do well in school, it's also equally important to have fun so that you don't get overwhelmed by the stress of the academic aspect of college.”
"Although I'm only an hour away from home, it still felt like I was plunked into a whole new universe about 2 months ago. The transition was tough and overwhelming and I didn't think it would get better. But as I began to make new friends, got to know my professors, took advantage of the resources on campus and joined some clubs, this crazy world came into reality. Although I am still trying to figure it all out, I know I wouldn't want to be anywhere else for college."
"Being a freshman was one of the most exciting times in my life. I couldn't wait to make new friends and live independently. I immediately found a group of solid girl friends, which made the transition seamless. Since freshman year, I have expanded my friend group immensely, which goes to show just how many awesome people there are at UVM. I think the fact that I was more excited than nervous definitely helped me adapt well to college life. But, I know a lot of people who were extremely nervous and still had an amazing freshman year."
"Being a freshman is a weird transition. In high school, I was super involved in sports and clubs. Coming to college, you have a lot of free time, which was very different for me. It took me a while to figure out what to do with my time/how to manage it. For instance, in college, your classes need a lot more attention than they did in high school. Once I figured that out, I spent a lot of more time in the library. All in all, freshman year is a time to learn--and it's all worth it!"
All About Academics
"UVM is known mostly for the sciences, particularly environmental. This idea of being socially conscious spans farther than just environmental sciences, though. I’ve found that in the Public Communication major, the curriculum is largely focused on service and helping others. Moreover, the Learning Co-Op offers tutors, and office hours with professors are extremely helpful. In my experience, professors really want to see you do well, and are always there to help."
“I’ve found the workload to be fair. I’ve been able to manage my schoolwork with my extracurricular activities and social life without too much problem. However, it definitely depends on the major. I know Nursing is considered to be one of the more difficult majors as well as Biology”.
“I have yet to experience a mean and unapproachable professor. They are all extremely friendly and helpful and love what UVM students stand for.”
"I have found that the work load varies, as I have gotten into the more advanced classes in my major the classes get more intense, but overall, manageable!"
"I have found that my more difficult semesters are honestly a result of a bad schedule. Sometimes I get lucky and am able to schedule all of my classes in one row. Other years I have had awkward amounts of time in between my classes which usually results in wasted time, instead of productive time when I could have been getting my work done. So it really is all about time management."
Learn From The Best
“I loved my Abnormal Psychology class with Alessandra Rellini. Though it was challenging, she had a lot of real world examples that made the class interesting, as she had previously worked as a clinical psychologist.”
"My favorite class so far is American Horror Film. The professor, Tony Magistrale, is incredibly knowledgeable and engaging. It doesn't even feel like I'm doing work, I'm just having fun conversations."
"My advisor has been extremely helpful to me throughout the years. He really cares and wants to see me succeed. He answers my emails right away, and always makes time for us to meet. I actually ended up working in his research lab, and it was great to feel like I had a professor on campus who really knew me, because you don't always get that here like you might have in high school."
“I took French 002 last semester with Susanne Drolet and really liked it because she made us feel comfortable participating in class, even if we were wrong.”
"I took English 057 with Sarah Turner as a D1 and it was a great class! The material was really interesting, and she was always available to answer any questions I had."
Interests & Involvement
Find the clubs and organizations directory here: http://www.uvm.edu/sga/?Page=clubs.html&SM=menu_clubs.html
"There are so many ways to get involved here at UVM. And if you can’t find a certain club you’re looking for—just start it on your own! UVM students are always open to new experiences and looking for ways to get involved."
“Alpha Chi Omega has given me a community of independent, strong, supportive, and hilarious women. The friends I have made and the experiences I've been exposed to are invaluable.”
"I am involved with UVM's Relay For Life planning committee. It's such a great organization to be a part of because you get to help plan an amazing event and actually see the effect your work has!"
“The Outing Club has pushed me to do things I would otherwise not be doing. They make it easy for you to sign up for an outing trip, which could be anything from an overnight hike to ice climbing. Vermont has so much to offer, and the Outing Club makes it feel more accessible.”
“I love being involved in Orchesis (dance club)—all the girls are so sweet and practices are always fun no matter how late they go. Joining a sorority was really good for me too because there are so many activities to go to and someone is always around to study with which helps me get out of my dorm.”
"Although we don’t have a football team, hockey is our favorite sport in Catamount Country!"
"I enjoy watching games knowing we have famous alums include Patrice Bergeron from the Bruins."
"Basketball is also a big sport. It's a different vibe than hockey but still fun to watch".
"Many students participate in intramural sports or club teams—if you want to get involved athletically, you’ll find a match based on your skills and time commitment."
"The gym is almost always open and I like doing the workout classes there".
"The ratio is about 60-40% women, and although there is certain majors that are very singular-gender heavy, I’ve never had any problems as a woman on campus."
"Most dorms have co-ed floors, although some do have single sex floors."
"There’s a gender, sexuality, and women’s studies major, as well as a women’s center with many resources."
"There are six sororities on campus, one of which I am a part of, and it’s a great way to get to know a variety of women."
"Girls can wear whatever they want and feel comfortable in it".
Food & Drink
"UVM prides itself on offering a variety of choices and dining options to suit any needs. There are three traditional dining halls, which are all-you-can-eat, so this may be a good option for those who love eating or have problems budgeting points (although if I’m going to be honest I’m not the biggest fan of their food)."
"If you are on the points plan, you have a lot more options because you can buy things a la carte."
"I love The Marketplace located in our student center, because they have lots of options like Indian food/sandwiches/salads/pizza and more.
"There are tons of great restaurants located within minutes of the UVM campus, whether they are downtown on Church St. or in cute surrounding towns like Winooski."
Here are a few of students’ favorite off-campus dining options:
“I love Great Harvest Bread Co. on Pine Street for sandwiches. All of their bread is baked fresh and they even give you a free slice when you walk in!”
“Ri Ra’s on Church St. has great burgers and cheap entrees. It’s a lively atmosphere and a great place to go with lots of people”.
“Lake Champlain Chocolates has amazing candies and their maple fudge is awesome”.
"While there are always parties going on, it’s easy to not feel pressured to go out and stay in or do an alternative activity. There are always alternative activities on the weekend—like a Shabbat dinner at Hillel or free movie."
"Chances are you won’t be the only one who wants to stay in and study on a Saturday night."
"Sororities can’t have parties, but there’s usually at least one or two frat parties per weekend. These are ticketed events (you can either get tickets by being in a sorority or knowing someone in the fraternity). Sports houses like Lacrosse and Rugby also like to have parties on the weekends."
"People occasionally party on weekdays (Thursday being the most common), but almost everyone is in study mode during the week. The exception for partying during the week might be when a group of friends want to hang out together at a house downtown--so not necessarily a party, but still a fun hangout. Once you're 21, students love heading to the bars downtown. Rasputin's and RJ's are popular on Fridays and Saturdays, while Red Square is huge on Thursdays. Church St. is always a fun party scene with lots of people on the weekends."
"I’m a junior and I’ve found that people are open to new social groups—the amount of people I’ve met just because they were at the same party as me is crazy."
"We have four different campuses with dorms—Central campus has four buildings and is, as the name says, central to all the classes."
"Athletic Campus has many dorms, including University Heights, which are the nicest dorms on campus with private bathrooms and air conditioning, as well as Living/Learning which has programmed housing. Redstone Campus has the largest amount of dorms and is mixed sophomores/freshman, whereas Trinity Campus is mostly freshman but with larger dorms."
"Each campus and dorm has pros and cons, so wherever you end up you can make the most of it (everyone is randomly assigned to a dorm their first year)."
"You are required to live on campus for two years, but sophomore year you get to pick your dorm based on a lottery number."
"Most students live downtown their junior and senior years and there is a large variety of privately owned housing for students to rent."
"UVM is very closely connected to the Burlington community since we are located in the middle of this beautiful city—off campus relations are extremely important."
"The highlight of Burlington is having Lake Champlain just a twenty minute walk down the hill—you can explore the beaches and scenery during the warmer months, or walk along it’s frozen shores during winter."
"Church Street is the hubbub center of Burlington—there are a wide variety of shops, restaurants, bars, and more. Almost everything is located on or off Church St. downtown. It’s a unique pedestrian walkway that everyone frequents often. It’s easy to walk down here or take the bus."
"Although downtown is close to UVM, other areas can be hard to reach without a car or figuring out the bus system. South Burlington has a large mall, many grocery stores, and more, and it’s about a 10 minute ride from campus. If you’re looking for big-box stores like Walmart or Bed Bath and Beyond, you need to hop on the highway for about 15 minutes to go to Williston. Freshman are not allowed to have cars but once you have one your sophomore year it makes a big difference. I love Vermont but sometimes it’s annoying that we don’t have certain stores like Target or Nordstrom. At least there’s online shopping!"
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