Where are your test scores?

Yesterday, thousands of students took the SAT. It is an event that often impacts a student’s junior or senior year in high school. It is a relief when the day is over; a wonderful feeling only to be replaced with anticipation for the results of the testing and receipt of scores!

For the vast majority of schools, standardized test scores remain a part of the admissions application. The news recently has been sprinkled with stories of schools becoming test optional or defining a new evaluation process. One consistent theme in each of these institutional decisions is that they are backed with institutional data and research that makes the action appropriate for that institution. Each year, UVM does that same analysis and we continue to find that a student’s academic record in concert with a student’s standardized test score is the best predictor of academic success (as defined by college GPA) at UVM. Therefore, we continue to use test scores in our evaluation.

Because we employ a holistic review of applications, we can use test scores as one of many factors in making an admissions decision. We have admitted strong students whose scores fall outside our middle 50% range. We have admitted students who have perfect math or critical reading scores….in fact, more than 350 admitted students last year had either an 800 SAT score on the critical reading or math.

Interestingly, it is often missing test scores that makes an application incomplete. We remind students to send them directly from the testing agency (ACT or College Board). We will not take an emailed/faxed copy of scores nor will we take them from the high school transcript.

We are an institution that does superstore test results. This means that we will take the best score from each section of the SAT or ACT, regardless of which test date it was taken. Given this fact, we encourage students to send us all their test scores. We will then ensure that the highest scores are chosen.

Remember, you are more than a test! Test scores are just one part of the equation. My advice – do your best; take the tests twice (maybe a 3rd time but not more) and remember that test scores will not be the singular reason that a student is admitted or not at UVM.

We look forward to receiving your scores!


Time to visit the University of Vermont

This past week, I drove throughout the state to meet with school counselors at our annual counselor breakfasts/lunches. This ritual every fall reminds me of the amazing beauty of our state and just how many people come throughout the U. S. to see the spectacular fall foliage.

It also tends to be one of the busiest visit months for high school students looking at colleges. At UVM, we will see more than 1,000 students visit our campus. Between alumni and parents weekend, leaf peeping season and college visitors, Burlington and UVM’s campus will be bustling with people.

This is the perfect time to schedule a visit to UVM. Our website describes a number of visit options from our daily information session and tour (including a student panel) that includes a visit that takes about 2.5 hours to our large open house that allows students and parents to do everything as a daily visit, but also add a college fair with our schools/colleges as well as a financial aid session. Interested in a smaller, more personalized visit? Consider attending a Vermont in Person day that includes a class visit. Reservations for all visit programs are strongly encouraged.

Don’t forget the hotel reservation! Burlington can fill during this time of year. You can refer to lodging options on our website.

Check out #UVMFall on Twitter or view beautiful fall foliage on Instagram using #instauvm or #uvmpotd.

We can’t wait to welcome you to campus!