It is exciting to see the Twitter feed light up with the excitement of a number of our students who are beginning to hear their admissions decisions. Some of my favorites:




And finally:

What is the timetable for our staff making our decisions? We began our review process in mid-October and the first student was offer admission on October 16, (congratulations to this student from Central Bucks East in PA!) As applications become complete, the review process commences. There is no specific order in which applications are reviewed; as they become complete, then they become available for review. The students who have been invited to apply as a VIP candidate are hearing a decision on a rolling basis. In fact, we’ve already sent out nearly 3,700 offers of admission. Most students will hear a decision on the December 16 notification date.

What does the early applicant pool look like? It’s the largest we’ve seen in the history of UVM! More than 14,000 students had applied by our November 1 application deadline. We also are seeing that the applicant quality is strong; while the admission criteria are similar between the seven UVM colleges/schools, admission to engineering, business and most of the health sciences majors (nursing, athletic training, exercise and movement science) appears that it will be more competitive this year.

When we review an application, what are we looking for? First and foremost, we are looking for a competitive academic record. For us, this means strong performance in the five academic solids (English, math, science, social science and foreign language) each year of high school. The most competitive applicants have demonstrated their readiness for the university curriculum by challenging themselves with a minimum of four (and often more) honors/AP/IB courses. Competitive applicants also earn grades that put them among the top third to the top quarter of their graduating class. We also consider a student’s scores on standardized tests (SAT or ACT). Is the score within our middle 50%? As a reminder, we do super score the SAT and ACT – it is in a student’s best interest to send all occurrences of the test scores directly from the testing agency. Finally, we are interested in how students will contribute in positive ways to the UVM community – we are looking for answers to this through extracurricular activities, the essay and through letters of recommendation.

Students are reminded to check their application status at our application status website. The login credentials to this handy link were emailed to the student at the email address on their application for admission soon after the application arrived in our office. The ID number is one that begins with “95” – a number that will be helpful to a student throughout the admissions and enrollment process at UVM. The PIN is a student’s date of birth. This website is also the place that we will announce the awarding of merit scholarships, need-based financial aid, and any transfer credit a student might earn (blog posts at a later time about these topics).

Is there a deadline for us to receive the supporting credentials? There is no specific deadline; however, the sooner a student sends the credentials, the sooner we will be able to review the competed application and make a decision. When we receive updated information such as test scores, we will include that with a student’s application and the information will be incorporated even if the review process has begun.

How will a student know that s/he is admitted? First we do send a congratulatory email. Secondly, as soon as the decision is live, then it can be viewed on the application status website. Finally, we do send a letter of admission in the mail. I get questions about if a scholarship notification will accompany this letter of admission. It does not; scholarship notifications will be sent by mail at a later time and will also be available on the application status website.

It has been a real pleasure to begin to uncover the talents of those students who have put UVM on their college list and who are hoping to call UVM home for the next four years.



You’ve applied! What happens next?

November 1 is a popular early deadline for colleges and universities across the country. The Common Application recently reported the following, according to a communication from Paul Mott: In the 24 hours from Friday morning to Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m., for instance, 102,785 applications and 425,422 recommendations were submitted. In the week leading up to the first major deadline of the admission year, nearly 500,000 applications and more than 1.75 million recommendations have been successfully submitted. UVM saw significant activity as well, with the largest single-day submission of applications to UVM since we joined the Common Application. We also received a record number of early applications – more than 14,500 as of yesterday. It is a great indication that students and parents recognize the value of a UVM degree and that students want to put UVM on their list of schools they are considering.

Now that the application is in, what happens next? Since our deadline is an application deadline, we will receive the supporting credentials (transcripts, recommendations, and test scores) over the next several weeks. Students should ensure that the request for transcripts and recommendations have been shared with those responsible for sending them. Test scores must come from the testing agency (either College Board or ACT).

When credentials are received in our office, if they come to us electronically (through Naviance or the Common Application, for example), then they are automatically connected with a student’s application, based on the ID that the Common Application assigns the application. Test scores that are received are matched based on the identifying information in the test score file and the application. Students can check what has been received/not received at any time on our application status website. Each part of the application is tracked – application fee, high school transcript, SAT/ACT scores. When it has been received and checked, it will appear as begin received.

When a transcript is received, it goes through a checking process by our processing staff to ensure that the transcript is legible and contains the information we need to begin review. Once that transcript is “checked”, then it will appear as being received on the check list described above. Right now, it is taking us about seven business days to check the transcript and add it to the checklist as being received. This means that a transcript that was received on November 3 should appear as being received by the following Tuesday or Wednesday. Once we get through this large influx, that timeframe will be reduced. Transcripts that have been mailed to us will be opened, scanned, and then must be manually connected to the student’s application. As a result, it will take longer for the transcript received in the mail to show as being received.

Students will see that letters of recommendation are not tracked on this website and often ask why. Because UVM requires only one recommendation in our admissions process, that recommendation can come in many forms…it could be a school or college counselor rec, or it could be a teacher recommendation. Since the letter from the school counselor is often embedded with the transcript, we decided not to put another check point in the process that had to be recorded on the application status checklist and that could slow down beginning the review process. Rarely are letters of recommendation missing so if there is any reason that it is, our staff will do that follow up, therefore, no need to contact us about the receipt of those recommendations (but we always are happy to answer questions about their receipt!)

Once all the pieces are received, then the review process begins and the application status will show as complete. On our website, we have some commonly-asked questions about what happens after the application is received that should also be helpful.

Advice in this process…..

– Because of the large influx of transcripts and recommendations that come all at once after the deadline, it does take us a bit longer to show a transcript as being received. Don’t panic if the transcript doesn’t show as being received right now! Check back in a week – even if a transcript is received several weeks after the deadline, we will be able to process it and review the application in time for the mid-December release.

– We will send an email reminder toward the end of November to students whose applications remain incomplete.

– If the school indicated that they sent the information, they have.  Rarely do we “loose” a transcript. And we will bend over backwards to ensure that students are not penalized if credentials have to be resent.

– Test scores have to be requested by the student. Send all occurrences so that we can be sure to have the highest. When score reports are received and loaded (which we do several times a week this time of year), they will show as received immediately. I also encourage students to send scores regular delivery – no need to spend the additional money to rush scores.

Our staff is here to help! We are happy to answer your questions by phone, by email or by social media – @uvmadmissions on Twitter or on our Facebook page University of Vermont Admissions. Thank you for sending your application to UVM! We look forward to reading season!