The GPS is your friend!

I remember campus visits with my children a few years ago. Between driving throughout Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota with my daughter for a whirlwind trip of the upper Midwest, to riding Chicago’s L train in January with my son (who decided socks were optional), visiting campuses can be a memorable experience for both parents and students. While the process of college admissions has changed in the past decade with electronic applications, email, chat, Facebook, and yes, blogs, the campus visit has remained the one unchanged feature of this process. It remains, for most universities, the best way to connect with prospective students and families.

At UVM, we have talked about the value of authenticity during the campus visit. We feel  it is important for students to share their stories and tell students what makes them excited about their UVM experience. It may not all be rosy, and it may not fit what every student seeks. But if our students and admissions staff genuinely reflect,  what makes UVM a special place, then we’ve done a good job. My tidbit of advice is to look for that authenticity that goes beyond reciting facts when visiting college campuses.

I invite you to visit campus this fall. We offer visit options that range from the typical information session by an admissions counselor, followed by a panel of current students and a campus tour. We also offer a visit day called Vermont in Person day where students can experience the same visit as I just described, but also visit a class. It is a small program with typically fewer than 50 students attending. We also offer larger open houses that take place on two weekends in the fall.

To date, we’ve had more than 6,500 high school seniors visit UVM’s campus. If you aren’t one of them, we hope to see you this fall!

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Ready to apply?

School has started again in most parts of the country and seniors are thinking about how their last year in high school will unfold. Believe it or not, some seniors have already applied for admission. Since the Common Application went live on Aug.1, we’ve had 25 first-time first-year prospective students submit their applications to us. By the Early Action deadline on Nov. 1, that number will increase to more than 10,000!

Our staff will begin processing these applications in a few weeks, which means that we will review the application form for any missing information; we will match transcripts, test scores and other supporting information sent with the application. This work then allows us to begin the review. Already we have our first complete application!

Now is a great time for seniors to establish an account with the Common App and complete basic background information on the application. You can also easily fill out UVM’s supplement at the Common App site. In addition, now is a good time to contact any teacher you want to write a letter of recommendation for you (give them plenty of time before the application deadline.) Finally, be sure to start the process of having your test scores sent to UVM. They must come directly from the testing agency, and we encourage you to send all scores so that we are sure to record the highest for each test section.

Labor Day weekend is an excellent time to get started! Good luck as you launch your college applications. And please let us know if you have any questions about applying to UVM – we’re here to help.

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