Who else is choosing UVM?

Today alone, more than 50 students paid their acceptance fee to join UVM’s Class of 2017! With every student who chooses to become a Catamount, we celebrate the new members of our community.

Who are these students? Here are profiles of a few of our new students who said yes today:

– a Vermont student who volunteers for Vermont Ski and Adaptive Sports.

– a young scientist from New York who has conducted stem cell research.

– a student interested in global and regional studies who sang at the London Olympics with his school choir.

– the founder and president of “Cooking for a Cause”, a community service organization that prepares and provides food for for fundraising for community projects.

– a California native who is a surf team captain and a two-time surfing champion. He also serves as a volunteer in an ocean therapy program that helps veterans and children cope with trauma.

Our class continues to grow! Admitted students are scheduled to visit this week and next and we look forward to answering any last questions. Can’t wait to see who will say yes next. I look forward to you saying yes too!


Way to go, UVM!

Our students and faculty are pretty awesome! We are also very good about being pretty modest. But there are a few accolades that have come our way recently that are definitely worth repeating!

– Major Jackson, professor of English at UVM and poet, has won a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was one of 200 selected nationally from nearly 4,000 applicants. Professor Jackson is an undergraduate favorite at UVM.

– one of our junior nursing students has been named a Truman Scholar, a national prize given to only 62 students who wish to pursue public service. Janelle Achee, from Rochester, VT, is recognized for her significant community service, including creating leadership weekend called Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, a leadership and empowerment program for Girl Scouts who have a parent in prison. UVM has four students who have received this award, including a student last year.

– One of our engineering majors has been named a Goldwater Scholar, one of 271 nationally, honoring students who are pursuing careers in science, mathematics or engineering. He is the fifth UVM student since 2007 to win this national award.

– Luke Apfeld, a member of the UVM men’s basketball team, has been selected to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team for the second straight year. This team is comprised of students from Div. 1 schools with no football team. Luke reports at 3.8 gpa!

The stories continue! UVM students do amazing things everyday. Check out more stories of what our students are doing after graduation. I’m proud to be at a university that places so much stock in committing to student success. Our faculty and staff work everyday to support students. And the outcome after graduation certainly pays off.

Picture yourself at UVM! You will join an incredible community – and have fun in the process!

Who is choosing UVM?

One of the things we love during the month of April is seeing who decides to choose UVM. From starting with more than 22,000 applications, we have gotten to know so many great students who eventually decide to enroll at UVM. So who are these students? Here is just a sampling of students who have decided to join our community just in the past 24 hours:

– a Rubenstein student from Rhode Island who wrote a great essay about the juxtaposition of her vacation to Disney World that left home in the morning of Sept 11, 2001. Her memory of this trip revolved around spending time at a lake, feeding ducks as opposed to the Dinsey characters and the park itself. “It was that vacation which allowed me to discover how valuable the innocence of nature can be, and how precious time is with family, when tomorrow is never a guarantee.”

– a Nursing student who spent her junior year as a Rotary exchange student in Brazil.

– a student from Kansas who served on her school’s principal advisory council.

– a student from New York who backpacked and kayaked 500 miles through Alaska, was co-captain his soccer team, and who has enrolled in a culinary institute to learn more about cooking.

– a Vermonter, selected as a Green and Gold Scholar, who produced and hosted a community radio program and who has been a dancer since age 3.

This is only a sampling of the incredibly interesting students who have already chosen UVM. I will continue to highlight additional students throughout the month of April. Who will be next? It is easy to say yes!


The Class of 2017 is shaping up!

Today we welcomed another 750 students and parents to campus for our fourth (of eight) admitted student visit days. Students started the day listening to the Top Cats, learning more about the university’s direction from Vice President Chris Lucier, visiting each of the academic units and exploring campus buildings, residence halls and dining halls. I was walking up the stairs of the Davis Center with one of our admitted students. When I asked how her day was going, she shared, “This is my dream school.” When I asked why she liked UVM, she said, “It’s so beautiful here. Plus you have great classes and people are so friendly. I feel really comfortable here.”  This really does sum up why students are choosing to come to UVM. And making a stop at Rally is a great way to celebrate on UVM’s campus.

Admitted student + Rally=Good luck!

Admitted student + Rally=Good luck!

In the next few days, admitted students should receive a letter from President Sullivan outlining a new initiative focusing on further expanding experiential learning and career services. This new commitment is a great step forward in bolstering our already active commitment to activity in the form of service learning, internships and study abroad that gives students an ideal compliment to classroom learning.

Nineteen students attending today’s ASV committed to UVM before they left campus. More will decide to do the same when they get home. Students are paying their acceptance fee every day. There is still time for all students to do the same. All students have three weeks, until May 1, to make a decision. Ready to join the Class of 2017? Join the UVM community!