Keep Calm and Apply to College

I chuckle at the way in which the Keep Calm phrase has taken off. And it certainly is appropriate to reference now at a time when there is a great deal of anxiety and frustration about the new Common Application. As with any new system, there is a learning curve for navigating this new application. It is compounded by the fact that parts of the application and access to the Common Application do not work consistently. 

So what advice to I give students and school counselors at this time? First, students should continue to work on the application. I suggest not waiting until the deadline to work on and submit the application. It appears that volume surges around deadlines will have an impact on access. Second, a number of people have begun to share tips that they have found to be helpful when completing the application. I found one article that was particularly helpful to guide students through some of the nuances of the new Common Application. Third, use the resources that the Common Application has made available, such as the Common Application Facebook page, the Common Application knowledge center of known issues, as well as the Common Application twitter feed. 

When I spoke to our Open House guests on Sunday, I reassured students and parents that UVM will be flexible with students and counselors as they navigate this application. We will determine if deadlines need to be extended. We remind students and counselors that transcripts and supporting materials do not need to be received by the application deadline. Our application deadline is just that; it is not a completion deadline. We also ask that counselors continue to work with the Common Application system to send transcripts rather than resorting to sending transcripts in the mail. Information about changes in deadlines will be shared via email to students and we will post information on our website. 

This is the time to Keep Calm and Apply to College. We want encourage students to allow time to finish their applications in order to work through any issues they might encounter. At the same time, we will ensure that students will be able to apply to UVM using the Common Application and we will work with students on any challenges they may have. We’ve had more than 1,200 students successfully send us their application through the new Common Application. We hope that you will send yours as well!

 

Time to visit UVM!

This fall has been one of the most spectacular in Vermont! Beautifully sunny days, brilliant leaves. And it is such a perfect time to plan a visit to the University of Vermont.

Visiting a college campus as part of the decision making process is helpful in so many ways. A visit does the obvious – provides a student with an idea of what a campus is like – the look, feel, the facilities, the surroundings. Just as important, a campus visit helps a student sort out what is important in a school. A student may feel that they want to be in an urban setting and a visit can confirm or dismiss that. Likewise, a student may feel that they want a small school and a visit can confirm or dismiss that as well. A campus visit is a part of the process that helps students find their voice about what is important to them in their college/university.

UVM offers a wide variety of visit options to give students a glimpse of UVM. Very popular are our open houses that provide students with a great overview of UVM. At the open houses on Oct. 13 and Nov. 9, we will have representatives from our colleges/schools in addition to individuals from a variety of campus offices. Students looking for a first introduction find that the general information session and tour fit their needs. These programs are offered weekdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and most Saturdays.  In addition to a presentation by an admissions counselor and a student-led tour, we offer a student panel to provide interaction with several of our current students. Students also can attend one of our Vermont In Person Days in October that extends the general information session and tour to include a class visit.

Reservations for our campus visits can be made online. We suggest that you make a reservation so that we can plan on your visit. Don’t forget to call about hotel reservations! In October, our area hotels can fill, especially on the weekends. I suggest you try our newest hotel in Burlington – Hotel Vermont!

Can’t wait to see you in Burlington! We look forward to your visit!