Vacationers flock to Burlington this time of year! We are very fortunate to be located in such a desirable area, regularly listed on many of the “best of” lists, including one of the best college towns. It was great to run into a student and her family visiting from Arkansas yesterday and telling them all about Burlington, Church Street, the lake and the many opportunities students have for internships in Burlington. We encourage visits in the summer to get an initial impression of the campus and to learn more about the academic programs and the admissions process.
The best way to visit UVM is to sign up for a group information session and tour. Tomorrow concludes our July series of academic information sessions. These programs are offered during the month of July and allows students to get a 45 minute overview of the college/school and the more than 100 majors offered. This Friday, July 31, we will host students and families at Summer Preview – an open house-like program that includes an admissions overview, faculty and student panel, and a campus tour. In August, we will offer more than 50 information sessions and tours for families. These programs tend to fill quickly; my advice is to make a reservation soon (and be sure to cancel if your plans change to open up seats for other students). Finally, August 4 is our last summer Transfer Information Session, a presentation and tour targeted at students interested in transferring to UVM. Students who attend this program can also receive a tentative credit evaluation.
How do you make the most of your summer campus visit? Here are a few suggestions:
- Plan to spend at least half a day on campus and in the surrounding area. Spend the night in Burlington. Have a meal on Church Street.
- Make a reservation. August is a busy time on most campuses for visits. If reservations are offered, please make one. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday tend to have less demand, so if your schedule permits, choose one of those days.
- Reservations can be made online. If you are already receiving information from UVM, then we should have created a username for our visit reservation system (even if you didn’t previously register for a visit). The best way to start is to go to our reservation site and reset your password, using the email address that you would have given to UVM previously. If the email address is on our file, then the password reset will allow you to create a new password, and then you can log in and register for the visit. It is important to use the student password (not the parent password) on these visit reservations.
- Participate in both the information session and tour. They are designed to cover different information (and repeat things that are important to repeat). The tour gives great time with a student; the information session includes a student panel.
- UVM does not conduct interviews. However, we have admissions counselors available each day to chat with students and answer questions as needed.
Many awesome students have visited during June and July. Here are a few of their comments that they shared on social media, using #uvmvisit:
We look forward to seeing you at the University of Vermont during your #UVMvisit!