Countdown to May 1

For two years, we have been working on building the Class of 2021. UVM has been in touch with students, some beginning in their sophomore year of high school. And this weekend, the last members of the Class of 2021 will raise their hands and say YES! This class will number nearly 2,500 talented, passionate and interesting students who will come together for the next four years. The Class of 2021 will leave their footprints on the campus community and will strengthen this place. At the same time, there will be wonderful new friendships made, learning will happen, disappointment will turn into opportunity, and challenge will create new resilience – all important characteristics of student development through the undergraduate years.

For the students who have already said yes….WELCOME! Share your good news on social media #uvm2021. Encourage your other classmates. Meet fellow class members on the UVM Class of 2021 Facebook group (be sure to connect with the official page). Check out the new student checklist. Finish strong. Good luck on AP exams. Send us your final high school transcript. Tell the other schools to which you have been admitted that you would like to withdraw your application since you will be attending UVM.

For students who are still deciding this weekend….we look forward to your decision by the end of the day on Monday. We want you to become a Catamount! As a reminder, you can pay your $495 acceptance fee online at the admissions portal. You can use a credit card or electronic check on this site. The ability to pay online will be available until midnight ET, May 1. The ability for a student to pay their acceptance fee after May 1 will be on a space available basis.

Our staff, as well as the Student Financial Services staff, will be available on Monday, beginning at 8 am (SFS opens at 9 am) to assist with any last questions.

The start of this post was about the fact that we have an outstanding Class of 2021 coming together. Here are a few message from them….

Can’t wait to welcome the UVM Class of 2021!


Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Within the next hour, we will send our last admissions decisions, inviting a talented and passionate group of students to join the UVM Class of 2021. This group of students comes from across the U.S. and around the world. Soon the excitement will grow on social media with #UVMsaidYES hashtags from admitted students.

New this year are a group of students who are being offered admission to UVM beginning in January. Because of the competitive nature of the admission to the university, and because we had more students show interest in UVM than we could accommodate in the fall semester, we have made admission for entrance in the spring possible for a cohort of students. Our spring students will have the same opportunities as those who begin in the fall (opportunities for housing, financial aid, etc). We look forward to welcoming this group in January.

What happens next for the students offered admission today? Notifications about scholarships, financial aid and Honors College will occur by the end of next week. Be sure to check out the admitted student website as well as the new student checklist. We also encourage all admitted students to attend one of the five remaining Admitted Student Visit Days in April.  Registration for these events can be done on the website.

I can’t wait to see who will be the next ones to say yes to UVM! Congratulations, again, to all who have been offered admission to the University of Vermont.

My application is in..when will I hear?

This is, without a doubt, the most popular question this time of year from students who have already sent in their early action application. Since early September, students applying early action have been preparing and submitting their applications for admission. Nearly 12,000 students have submitted their early action application to UVM for the fall.

We notified our first group of early action applicants on November 10. Approximately 3,200 students received notification from us – we celebrated with them! Who received notification on this date? It was a group of students whose applications were complete, and whose applications made through our processing and review prior to November 10. There was not a system to this – and it also means that the remaining 8,800 early action applications remain under active consideration.

Our next decision notification will be on Wednesday, December 14. Students are notified on their application status portal (logging in using the “95” number that was sent in email soon after the application was received). Decisions are live there as of 5 pm ET on that day. Students will also receive a letter indicating a decision – either admit, defer to regular admission or deny.

What is the greatest barrier to receiving a decision on December 14? An incomplete application! We send periodic reminders to a student’s email address if their application is incomplete. Students can check their status anytime at the application status portal. Supporting information that has been received is located there, in addition to the items missing. Students should take action soon in order for those missing items to be sent. Early Action applicants are also encouraged to send us their 1st quarter/trimester grades – these often help us in the review process.

My application is complete…when will I hear? On December 14. Thank you for making sure that your application is complete!


It’s time to visit the University of Vermont

I chuckle when I see the gif of flamingos walking in a group, representing what high school students look like when taking a campus tour. It’s made its rounds on social media during times when lots of students are visiting campuses.


In reality, I find students visiting our campus to be very engaged – while looking around and taking in all the activity, they are asking lots of questions to our student guides.

What does make a good campus visit? Here are a few bits of advice to make the most of a visit:

  • Make a reservation if the school accepts them. Most schools have online reservation options. We can plan the best visit for you (and make sure that there is a seat) when we know who is coming.
  • Try not to wait until the last minute to reserve a spot. This advice is particularly true during the busy visit seasons like October.
  • Spend some time on the visit website to learn about different visit options to see what fits best for you. Not every school offers interviews; not every interview is used in the admission review process.
  • If you are ready for a more in-depth visit, look for option that include some sort of academic experience.
  • Develop a system for organizing information – date/times of visits, notes about each visit.
  • Take pictures during the visit to help you remember various aspects of the school. Jot down impressions and notes during travel time between schools.
  • Think about questions you really want to know. Try to ask questions that you can’t find the answers to on the website or in the view book.
  • Talk with students besides the tour guide. We love our guides and think they are awesome. But you want a few students’ experiences.
  • Eat on campus.
  • Visit the bookstore.

The College Board also offers a comprehensive list of tips for campus visits found here. When you search the internet for “tips for a great campus tour”, you’ll see hundreds of entries that can assist you. There is no shortage of information and opinions!

What are some visit options this fall at UVM? We just mailed a visit brochure highlighting many of these options. They can also be found here on our visit website. For a great 1st introduction, try a group information session and tour. This option includes an admissions presentation, a student panel and a student-led tour.  Students attending the Vermont in Person Day will benefit of all that is offered during a group information session and tour, plus sit in on a mock class and visit one of our colleges/schools. For a larger experience with options to talk with faculty representatives and staff or students from various student services, you should consider attending one of our two fall open houses. We also offer an overnight program for students of color, first-generation or students who identify as LGBTQ that takes place in October and November, called Discovering UVM. This program has an application as part of the process, so students interested in this program should complete the application soon. Note that the October open house fills quickly, as do hotels during the fall foliage season.

The University of Vermont has been recognized as one of the most beautiful college campuses, located in one of the best college towns in the U.S. I hope you’ll come see for yourself. Make your reservation today!





Working on your Common Application? Here are some tips!

Seniors across the country are working on their applications. I was traveling in several cities last week, talking with students and parents about the application process. Students talked about working on their applications – writing their essay, listing their activities, thinking about who will serve as references. In fact, more than 5,000 students have started their UVM application for next year – all in the past three weeks! There is still a lot of time to complete an application, but it’s a good time to start now on the different parts.

The Common Application shared some great information for applicants last month: Five Things Applicants Need to Know About the 2016-2017 Common App. Central to this message is to be sure applicants roll over their accounts, if they built them prior to August 1. The message about proofing your application is a really good one..often when students work on something for a long time, it is hard to be proof-reader too. Ask someone to help you out by reading over your application. Finally, be sure to allow your recommenders plenty of time to write a letter for you. Counselors and teachers are busy and are writing for multiple students. Ask them at least a month before the application deadline so that they have time to write a strong recommendation.

Are there unique things about the UVM Common Application? Not really. Our member page is short and no additional essay or short answer. Students are strongly encouraged to choose two possible majors (unless you are undecided, then you can choose undecided in the College of Arts and Sciences). Our member page is also the place that our Vermont applicants can choose the application fee waiver for in-state early action (Vermont residents who apply Early Action pay no application fee).

Our staff is ready to assist with any questions. Feel free to reach out to your territory manager found here. Good luck with your application! We can’t wait to receive yours.

Welcome to the Class of 2020!

In the past week, we’ve had many conversations with and visits from students and parents as they have made their decision to join the Class of 2020. Consistently, our newest members have reflected that they have opted for UVM because of academic excellence, the accessible and talented faculty, access to research, internships, and study abroad, advising and support for students to explore jobs and graduate school options, and the welcoming and friendly community they found. And the bonus is Burlington – one of the best college towns in the country and a gem for students searching for internships, part-time jobs, culture and entertainment. Few schools in the country have all this! Our students demonstrate success – in job placement, graduate school placement, retention and graduation.

Our newest members of the Class of 2020 (and proud parents) have taken to social media to announce their commitment to UVM:

Over the next two days, more students will decide to join the Class of 2020. In the coming weeks, information will be sent to students, describing the next steps to enrollment. In the meantime, be sure to check out the new student checklist. New students should be sure to activate their UVM NetID and sign up for orientation.

In May, we’ll share information about the next steps. In the meantime, congratulations to our Class of 2020! You are truly spectacular!


Investing in our Class of 2020

About ten days ago, our Student Financial Services office posted the financial aid awards for our admitted students who sent us a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Hurray! Providing funding to make it possible for many students with different stories and circumstances to attend UVM is a real benefit for our students.

Here is some important information about these awards and advice as students make their decisions:

  1. In case you haven’t checked for a financial aid award, it can be found at the application status website here. Click on the “Financial Aid Award” button. Awards are available for students that sent us a FAFSA.
  2. Financial aid awards are final unless the award is considered tentative (meaning that additional information is still needed to finalize the award). The sentence at the top of the financial aid award will indicate tentative if additional information is needed.
  3. There are typical categories of the financial aid award (provided you quality):
    1. Scholarship from UVM – any merit scholarship that was awarded is listed here
    2. Need based grants such as Pell Grant or SEOG – students with the greatest need, as defined by the FAFSA, may qualify for these grants
    3. Work study – students who quality for this award will have up to $1,600 allowed in earnings. This aid must be earned (paid in wages from a job on campus).
    4. Student loan – UVM is required to offer this loan to all students who qualify. It is up to the student if they choose to take any or all of the loan (or any amount). As a reminder, a subsidized loan has its interest paid by the U.S. Department of Education while a student is in school; for an unsubsidized loan, the student is responsible for all the interest on the loan.
    5. UVM Award – this is need-based grant from UVM (if awarded, it is in addition to any scholarship awarded). It can be renewed each year, provided the student’s financial circumstances are unchanged, and the student files a FAFSA (and is in good academic standing)
  4. We also take the approach that we provide the best financial aid award available – unless circumstances have changed or there are special situations that were not included, then we do offer students the best award. This is important fact to state since schools have different approaches.
  5. One of the most challenging things for families is comparing costs and financial aid. My recommendation is to start with the billed costs (tuition, fees, room and board – be sure you are looking at the tuition costs for 2016-2017) and subtract the financial aid (don’t include work study). I often have conversations with families who see a larger financial aid award, but aren’t taking into account the differential in cost (or they compare full cost of attendance against billed costs).

The good news is that this investment is for four years – students have a gpa requirement to meet for renewal of any scholarship; the need-based financial aid is renewed, provided a student files a FAFSA annually and financial circumstances remain the same.

What if you have questions about the award? Our staff in student financial services are happy to talk with you about questions. The SFS website also has answers to a lot of common questions that can be searched. The staff can be reached at 802-656-5700. Their office hours are listed here.

Our admitted students are choosing UVM! Comments, like the one below, represent what we are hearing from a number of our admitted students:

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We hope that YOU will say yes to UVM!