#UVMsaidYes – what’s next?

Last Wednesday was a great day at UVM! We had the honor of inviting a wonderful group of high school students from across the U.S. and the world to join UVM’s Class of 2020. From 41 states, Washington, D.C, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and more than a dozen countries world-wide, our early action students are some of the best. They are well-prepared to tackle the rigor and inquiry at UVM, but they also are individuals who have already made an impact in their own communities. They love the outdoors, play sports, are Eagle Scouts, researchers, snowboarders, and class presidents. Together, they will become the university’s first-year class. Can’t way to see who says yes!

The highlight of my Wednesday evening was to watch the reactions on social media as students found out the decision. You can see them all by searching #UVMsaidYes. But here are a few:

And in summary:

So after all the excitement, what happens next? Just yesterday, we posted merit scholarships for our early action applicants. They can be found on the application status website. Letters are going in the mail next week.

We also receive a number of questions about invitations to the Honors College at this time of year. The first group of invitations will be extended during the week of January 11. The review will continue through the middle of March.

January 1 is the time to begin working on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority deadline is February 10. If exact 2015 information for taxes is not completed by that date, it is important to still submit the FAFSA with estimated information and then update it when it is available.

It’s also time to schedule an visit during an Admitted Student Visit Day. What happens during these days? The campus opens its doors for students and parents to learn more about the academic area to which a student is admitted, tour a residence hall, learn more about study abroad or the Career Center. Even if you have visited previously, this is a can’t miss day. Reservations should be made and can be done online.

In late January, we begin a series of 13 admitted student receptions, hosted by UVM alumni, around the country. The locations and dates can be found here. Reservations can be made online. I hope to see you at one of these programs this winter.

Finally, it’s a great time to explore all the great academic offerings in the college/school to which you are admitted.Your letter of admission as well as the Admissions Application Status on the website will confirm the college/school as well as the major to which you were admitted. Where do I start? First, explore offerings on the college/school websites. Links to their sites can be found on our academic homepage. Next, I suggest reviewing the catalogue. This online document has curriculum plans for each major and a description of each of the courses offered. Course registration happens in June during orientation but exploring offerings now will help you in making decisions about majors and programs.

Lots of good information can be found on our admitted student website. Be sure to check it out. Join the Class of 2020 Facebook group. An invitation was sent to each admitted student with a link to join the group.

Our staff is here to help! Be in touch with any questions. In the meantime, congratulations on admission to UVM’s Class of 2020!

UVM students in the news…it’s really good!

Yesterday marked the 1st day of exams for UVM students. It seems like last week we were welcoming the Class of 2019 and all the students back to campus for another school year. ย This semester, UVM students continued to exemplify what makes them so special and why their experience at UVM is so exceptional. Our students are curious, independent thinkers who want to make a difference in their world. They take full advantage of all that UVM, Burlington and Vermont have to offer.

Here are a few headlines that highlight ways our students are making a impact this semester:

COMPUTER SCIENCE STUDENTS SHOWCASE APPS AND INNOVATION AT ANNUAL FAIR

Meet UVMโ€™s COP21 Team

Vermont Soldier Is 1st Woman to Graduate as Combat Engineer

Animal Science Students Connect Vermont to the World through Public Science Exhibit

Nursing Students, Senior Citizens Learn From Each Other

Road to Ruins

Catamounts Capture 2015 America East Men’s Soccer Title

And you can follow a day in the life of UVM students, to see how making a difference and building community is something we do everyday.

A Day in the Life of UVM: Oct. 20, 2015

UVM has always been known as a place that embraces academic excellence and excels at research and new discovery. But what sets our students apart is the fact that UVM is about making a difference for people too – to help make lives better, communities better, the world in which we live better. Just read some stories about our UVM alumni – Catamount Nation. These are just a few examples of how four years at UVM have set our graduates on a lifetime course of making change. Once again, Vermont was named the top Peace Corp producing state per capita – another example of how this is in the DNA of place.

The headlines above show ways our students are engaged in noteworthy ways. But everyday, UVM students are making a difference in the lives of others. As we extend our invitations to join the Class of 2020 this week, we are excited about the students who will choose to come to UVM and add to this amazing community.

We can’t wait to say yes!

Are you an Early Action applicant? What’s next?

UVM has received nearly 12,000 applications for early action! ย In less than three weeks, we will release our decisions for this group. While our staff is focused on processing these applications and making decisions, I want to share all the information you’ll need in order to be ready for us to review your application:

  • Check your application status page regularly. We have an online application portal – no, it’s not fancy, but it does provide you with helpful information. You can log into the portal here using the credentials we sent after you applied (the login ID is a number that starts with 95 and the PIN is your birthdate in this format: MMDDYY.) When you log in, click on Admission Application Status and you will see a page that looks like this (with your name and address at the top):

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On this page, you will want to note your application status (complete, incomplete), residency (to confirm this is your correct understanding), the college/school and major to which you are applying, and if you have fulfilled the requirements to complete your application (if your application status is complete, then the items will all be listed as received). If your application status is still incomplete, then you will see which item(s) are missing.

  • If your application remains incomplete, there is still time to get the missing credentials to us before the Dec. 16 release date. If your transcript is missing, please be in touch with your school counseling office to send it to us. It can be sent electronically via the Common Application or Naviance, or through the mail. We are not able to accept faxed or emailed copies of a transcript. If your ACT or SAT scores are missing, we are aware that there continued to be some delays in those scores arriving. We continue to receive test scores from the testing agency (they have to be submitted this way in order to be official) several times a week, so missing scores will be added to the application as soon as they are received.
  • If your application is complete, please remember to send us your 1st quarter/trimester senior year grades. These help us in our early action decision making. These grade reports can come either through Naviance/Common Application, or they can be emailed or faxed to us (unlike full transcripts). Receiving these grades this week will allow us to include them in our decision making.

What happens to our applications once they become complete? They are checked for accuracy in grade point average/other academic information and then are sent to our team of readers to begin review. In the review process, we carefully review your academic record – grade point average, grades in the context of the school, rigor of courses taken, grade trends. We review letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, awards and honors, and citizenship/disciplinary record. We read the essay both for grammar/spelling as well as content. In this review process for early action, one of three actions will be taken – an application will be admitted, an application will be deferred (meaning the application remains under consideration but we will review it in the context of the larger pool), or an application will be denied, meaning that even with further consideration, the application is not competitive for first-year admission. Decisions for early action that were not sent on Nov. 11 will be available on December 16, beginning at 5 pm ET at the same portal described above. The decision (admit, defer, deny) will be listed on the Admission Application Status page.

Additional information to support the application can be sent in at any time during this process. Students/parents are encouraged to contact their admissions counselor (see the geographic listing here) or contact our admissions office at admissions@uvm.edu or by phone at 802-656-3370.

We look forward to reviewing your application!

 

#UVMsaidYES today! What does it mean if I didn’t hear a decision?

UVM Admissions sent positive news to the first round of our Early Action students. Starting about 4:30 pm today, social media lit up with excitement and relief….the relief that all the hard work pays off with the first college acceptance! We emailed out the news this afternoon; the admission letters went in the mail today (the picture below is the excitement we had loading the admission packets in the mail truck.)

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A number of students shared their excitement on Twitter as they heard the news. Some notable shares:

There are many more students that applied early action (and whose applications are complete) who are wondering what it means that they didn’t hear a decision today. The prioritization of those who learned a decision today was simply whose application finished the review process first (in other words, no prioritization on our part). As we receive credentials this time of year, they are processed in the order that we receive them until the Nov. 1 deadline, when credentials are received all at the same time. There is variability on when an application becomes complete because of the receipt of test scores. Some credentials need additional review because they have more complex educational history. Other applications remain under review because they are applying for competitive majors. Some applicants have told us that they are sending in 1st quarter grades and we want to wait for them. Many were complete and ready for review, but we simply didn’t finish the review process by today. In other words, those who have a decision today were simply the ones that were read first and they completed the review process by yesterday. The majority of our Early Action decisions, including all Vermont students, will be released on Dec. 16. The number of students who received a decision today, while exciting, represents only about 20% of our early action decisions.

I have been assuring students and parents to not read anything into not receiving a decision. We made the decision to release this group of decisions that were done, rather than holding them until Dec. 16. The majority of our decision making is focused on December 16 at which time all complete early action applicants will have a decision.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have – feel free to contact our staff.

We’ll be reading the remaining Early Action applications over the coming weeks. It is so exciting to see who has put UVM on their list of schools. What great potential the Class of 2020 is showing already!

There is still time to apply! November 1 application deadline

This weekend, many high school seniors have been celebrating Halloween, participating in sporting events, band competitions, Model UN, and applying to college. The extra hour due to daylight savings time is welcome for many parts of the United States. One more hour to get it all done!

On Friday, we mailed a message to our senior inquiries encouraging them to breathe! This is our reassurance that applications will be submitted, that we will receive the information we need to review an application, and we will be flexible on the things that are outside a student’s control (such as delays in sending ACT or SAT scores). Deadlines are created for two reasons…the first reason is for students and schools to have a common date to take action. Without deadlines, it is frequently human nature to put off action. The second reason is that we understand the timeline we need in admissions to process, receive supporting documents and review these applications in order to provide an answer back to students. For students applying as first-year students for early action, we pledge to have an answer for those who complete their application by mid-December (December 16 is our early action release date). For students applying for spring admission, we will release decisions on a rolling basis (about two weeks after an application is complete).

We have received nearly 12,000 applications to date with many more left to be submitted. Please know that if you planned to apply early action but for some reason were not able to submit your application today, please go ahead and submit your application and be in touch with our office.

What happens once your submit your application? We download applications from the Common Application daily. Within 48 hours of downloading the application, we will send an email to the student at the email supplied on the application. This email will contain a login ID (starts with 95) and a PIN. This will allow you to view the UVM application status portal here. This portal is the go-to place for tracking what has been received, the application status, the admissions decision, and when scholarships and financial aid are awarded, the scholarship notification and the financial aid documents received.

Our staff is here to help. Please contact our admissions counselors (contact information found here) and we will be sure to be back in touch with you. If I can assist in any way, feel free to contact me as well.

It is a great time to be at UVM and this is an exciting place to be. I look forward to meeting our potential candidates for the Class of 2020!

Delays in ACT and SAT scores – what do I do?

The college application process can be challenging for students and parents. We want everything to go smoothly with no delays. Deadlines are important! But when things outside the control of students and parents happen, it can introduce stress into the process.

This is the case now with both the ACT and the SAT. We have been notified that scores will be delayed in being sent to universities. The ACT scores are delayed because the scoring on the new writing section is taking longer. ย The SAT writing is also delaying the sending of the new SAT’s. Here is information from the College Board about the SAT:

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Given this information, here is the advice that we have for students applying for early action:

  • First, don’t panic! We work hard to not let delays out of a student’s control impact their admissions process.
  • Next, sit tight. These issues could be resolved in the coming weeks. We often receive test scores for early action applicants in late November and we can still review applications by the mid-December release.
  • Please refrain from sending us screen prints of your test scores (something ACT recommended students do.) We can’t do anything with these screen shots of scores ย – we do need to wait to receive the official scores.
  • Don’t wait to apply – go ahead and submit your application by the Nov. 1 early action deadline. The test scores can arrive later.
  • Be sure to have UVM added to the list of schools to receive your test scores – this will expedite the scores arriving to us.

We continue to monitor the situation carefully and anticipate that the test scores will begin to be sent in the coming weeks. Feel free to let us know if we should wait on new test scores. Also, you may receive incomplete notices from us before those scores arrive. You can always check on your application status on our website using the login ID and PIN we sent to you.

We are here to help! We, too, are anxious to receive your test scores. We know that they will come! Please be in touch if we can answer any of your questions.

It’s a great time to apply to UVM!

This is an exciting but busy time for seniors as they focus on all the activity of senior year, taking SAT or ACT, visiting campuses and working on college applications. UVM works hard to make the application and admission process simple and straight-forward for students.

Students choose to apply to UVM because of the value of the education offered here and because of the unique environment at UVM. Our 100 majors and 10,000 students is a perfect combination of breath and size. Our faculty are in the classroom and engage students in undergraduate research. In fact, 91% of our students participate in some type of experiential learning, either research, study abroad, internships or service learning. Our perfect size in an ideal location make UVM a very popular choice for our applicants.

To apply to UVM, you can begin by adding UVM to your “My Colleges” list in the Common Application. Once the sections of the Common Application are finished, then you can complete UVM’s questions. We only ask a few…there is no additional essay as part of our questions.

To complete the application, you should ask your school counselor to forward a letter of recommendation and official transcript. You should request your SAT and/or ACT scores to be sent to UVM. We prefer to receive all occurrences of your scores as we do super score your test results. You can also submit a teacher recommendation and any other supporting information.

The UVM Admissions Office already has received hundreds of applications from interested students. Our application review begins in October, and our first notification date for applications that have been reviewed is November 11….the sooner you submit your application and have it complete, then we will be able to begin our review!

Our website describes what happens after you apply. Within a day of UVM receiving your application, we will send an email that has a login ID and PIN so that you can check your application status at our status website here.

Our staff is available to answer any questions you might have. Please be in touch as we are happy to assist you.

Good luck as you work on your applications! We look forward to reading yours.