Are you an Early Action applicant? What’s next?

UVM has received nearly 12,000 applications for early action!  In less than three weeks, we will release our decisions for this group. While our staff is focused on processing these applications and making decisions, I want to share all the information you’ll need in order to be ready for us to review your application:

  • Check your application status page regularly. We have an online application portal – no, it’s not fancy, but it does provide you with helpful information. You can log into the portal here using the credentials we sent after you applied (the login ID is a number that starts with 95 and the PIN is your birthdate in this format: MMDDYY.) When you log in, click on Admission Application Status and you will see a page that looks like this (with your name and address at the top):

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On this page, you will want to note your application status (complete, incomplete), residency (to confirm this is your correct understanding), the college/school and major to which you are applying, and if you have fulfilled the requirements to complete your application (if your application status is complete, then the items will all be listed as received). If your application status is still incomplete, then you will see which item(s) are missing.

  • If your application remains incomplete, there is still time to get the missing credentials to us before the Dec. 16 release date. If your transcript is missing, please be in touch with your school counseling office to send it to us. It can be sent electronically via the Common Application or Naviance, or through the mail. We are not able to accept faxed or emailed copies of a transcript. If your ACT or SAT scores are missing, we are aware that there continued to be some delays in those scores arriving. We continue to receive test scores from the testing agency (they have to be submitted this way in order to be official) several times a week, so missing scores will be added to the application as soon as they are received.
  • If your application is complete, please remember to send us your 1st quarter/trimester senior year grades. These help us in our early action decision making. These grade reports can come either through Naviance/Common Application, or they can be emailed or faxed to us (unlike full transcripts). Receiving these grades this week will allow us to include them in our decision making.

What happens to our applications once they become complete? They are checked for accuracy in grade point average/other academic information and then are sent to our team of readers to begin review. In the review process, we carefully review your academic record – grade point average, grades in the context of the school, rigor of courses taken, grade trends. We review letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, awards and honors, and citizenship/disciplinary record. We read the essay both for grammar/spelling as well as content. In this review process for early action, one of three actions will be taken – an application will be admitted, an application will be deferred (meaning the application remains under consideration but we will review it in the context of the larger pool), or an application will be denied, meaning that even with further consideration, the application is not competitive for first-year admission. Decisions for early action that were not sent on Nov. 11 will be available on December 16, beginning at 5 pm ET at the same portal described above. The decision (admit, defer, deny) will be listed on the Admission Application Status page.

Additional information to support the application can be sent in at any time during this process. Students/parents are encouraged to contact their admissions counselor (see the geographic listing here) or contact our admissions office at or by phone at 802-656-3370.

We look forward to reviewing your application!



There is still time to apply! November 1 application deadline

This weekend, many high school seniors have been celebrating Halloween, participating in sporting events, band competitions, Model UN, and applying to college. The extra hour due to daylight savings time is welcome for many parts of the United States. One more hour to get it all done!

On Friday, we mailed a message to our senior inquiries encouraging them to breathe! This is our reassurance that applications will be submitted, that we will receive the information we need to review an application, and we will be flexible on the things that are outside a student’s control (such as delays in sending ACT or SAT scores). Deadlines are created for two reasons…the first reason is for students and schools to have a common date to take action. Without deadlines, it is frequently human nature to put off action. The second reason is that we understand the timeline we need in admissions to process, receive supporting documents and review these applications in order to provide an answer back to students. For students applying as first-year students for early action, we pledge to have an answer for those who complete their application by mid-December (December 16 is our early action release date). For students applying for spring admission, we will release decisions on a rolling basis (about two weeks after an application is complete).

We have received nearly 12,000 applications to date with many more left to be submitted. Please know that if you planned to apply early action but for some reason were not able to submit your application today, please go ahead and submit your application and be in touch with our office.

What happens once your submit your application? We download applications from the Common Application daily. Within 48 hours of downloading the application, we will send an email to the student at the email supplied on the application. This email will contain a login ID (starts with 95) and a PIN. This will allow you to view the UVM application status portal here. This portal is the go-to place for tracking what has been received, the application status, the admissions decision, and when scholarships and financial aid are awarded, the scholarship notification and the financial aid documents received.

Our staff is here to help. Please contact our admissions counselors (contact information found here) and we will be sure to be back in touch with you. If I can assist in any way, feel free to contact me as well.

It is a great time to be at UVM and this is an exciting place to be. I look forward to meeting our potential candidates for the Class of 2020!

It’s a great time to apply to UVM!

This is an exciting but busy time for seniors as they focus on all the activity of senior year, taking SAT or ACT, visiting campuses and working on college applications. UVM works hard to make the application and admission process simple and straight-forward for students.

Students choose to apply to UVM because of the value of the education offered here and because of the unique environment at UVM. Our 100 majors and 10,000 students is a perfect combination of breath and size. Our faculty are in the classroom and engage students in undergraduate research. In fact, 91% of our students participate in some type of experiential learning, either research, study abroad, internships or service learning. Our perfect size in an ideal location make UVM a very popular choice for our applicants.

To apply to UVM, you can begin by adding UVM to your “My Colleges” list in the Common Application. Once the sections of the Common Application are finished, then you can complete UVM’s questions. We only ask a few…there is no additional essay as part of our questions.

To complete the application, you should ask your school counselor to forward a letter of recommendation and official transcript. You should request your SAT and/or ACT scores to be sent to UVM. We prefer to receive all occurrences of your scores as we do super score your test results. You can also submit a teacher recommendation and any other supporting information.

The UVM Admissions Office already has received hundreds of applications from interested students. Our application review begins in October, and our first notification date for applications that have been reviewed is November 11….the sooner you submit your application and have it complete, then we will be able to begin our review!

Our website describes what happens after you apply. Within a day of UVM receiving your application, we will send an email that has a login ID and PIN so that you can check your application status at our status website here.

Our staff is available to answer any questions you might have. Please be in touch as we are happy to assist you.

Good luck as you work on your applications! We look forward to reading yours.

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!

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!

You are invited to apply

This is the time of year when we reach out to high school seniors and encourage applications to UVM. It is an exciting and sometimes stressful period in the life of a high school senior and we want to help facilitate this process for students who are considering UVM this year.

A quick search of the web will reveal many tips and pieces of advice for completing the application. Recently the Common Application interviewed some deans and directors of admission and created videos of these interviews. They offer great tips for filling out the application.  Another video provides 9 tips for completing the Common Application. College counselors are also great sources of information for guiding the way through the Common Application.

The application is straight forward and hopefully will not be too complicated to complete. I have a few recommendations for success when filling out the Common Application for UVM – it is our only application for admission.

  1. Be sure to add UVM to your My Colleges list. By doing this, it will ensure that applicants will not miss any parts of the application required.
  2. To take advantage of the application fee waiver for first-year applicants, applicants may choose the answer, “UVM application fee waiver” in the general questions, once UVM has been added to the list of My Colleges. (click on question and you will see the following):Screen Shot 2014-09-27 at 10.34.10 PM
  3. Take time on the essay. Have another person review it and provide feedback. Ensure that it presents a logical answer to the essay prompt – I am often surprised when an essay does not actually answer the question!
  4. The Common Application will note which sections and which questions still need to be completed. It is a handy way to ensure that each section is complete.
  5. Remember to answer all the questions asked. This includes completing the activities section, the disciplinary section, and the complete educational section.
  6. Be sure to ensure that the application is actually submitted. That can be checked by returning to the My Colleges dashboard. When the green check mark is displayed next to the college name, then the application is submitted.

Once the application is submitted to UVM, an email is sent within 72 hours to the email address provided on the application. This email will contain a login and PIN that can be used to log into our application status website. At this site, a student can view their application status, admissions decision and eventually, if eligible, the scholarship and financial aid awards. It also is the location where a student can pay an acceptance fee as well as withdraw their application.

Believe it or not, more than 12,000 students have started their Common Application and added UVM to their My Colleges list. We’ve had more than 500 students complete their application and submit it to UVM. Application review will begin next month.

It is a great time to work on and complete the application! Students may still submit test scores, transcripts and other supporting information after submitting the application – there is no reason to wait to have all these items available before submitting the application.

Our staff is here to help! I look forward to receiving your application!

What’s new at UVM?

This past weekend, our students returned from winter break. Almost as exciting as their return in August, students come back refreshed and excited for what the winter season in Vermont brings. While we haven’t been blanketed with the snowfall that many of the other parts of the country have experienced, students look forward to their first trip to the ski slopes of the semester or the beauty of winter evident on Church Street downtown.

Yesterday, President Sullivan welcomed the community back through a campus wide communication. I’d like to share an excerpt of his letter to highlight a few pieces of news about UVM:

Recently, UVM received national recognition for our leadership in service and for the vibrant culture of our hometown.  This fall The Atlantic praised our sense of community and volunteerism, and Travel and Leisure ranked Burlington the #1 college town in the United States, highlighting our abundant arts and food culture.  In December, the Peace Corps 2013 rankings showed that Vermont had the most volunteers per 100,000 residents; earlier rankings of volunteer-producing colleges and universities indicated that UVM continues to hold 5th place among some very prestigious schools in our cohort of 5,000-15,000 undergraduates. 

As you know, one of the foremost goals in our Strategic Action Plan for the University is to increase our four-year graduation rate and student retention from the first to the second year.  Later this week at the invitation of the White House, I will be in Washington, joining other invited college and university presidents from around the country, in a dialogue with President Barack Obama and other senior administration leaders to address issues surrounding access to success for college students.  More specifically, the goal of this summit hosted by the President is to find effective approaches to help more students graduate on time.  I am honored to be able to participate in this White House meeting on behalf of UVM.

These are examples of how UVM continues to seek enhancements for students, to be acknowledged for the great place in which we are located, and to make the difference in the lives of others.

At UVM Admissions, we are gearing up for our application deadline tomorrow. The next few days will be the final flurry of application submissions for our students applying as first year students in the fall. Last night, we surpassed 22,000 first-year applications. For students still working on their applications, there is still plenty of time to finish them up this evening or tomorrow and still meet the Jan. 15 deadline. As always, at UVM, our application deadlines are application submission deadlines. Transcripts, test scores and recommendations can be received after the application deadline. We continue to be involved in reading these applications as well as working with students who already have been admitted.

This week, we welcomed more than 150 new degree students as well as our first group of Global Gateway Program students – 40 international students from around the world here to strengthen their English before they earn their UVM undergraduate degree. The new degree students come to us midyear primarily for two reasons – many are transfers who tried another institution and have found that UVM is the place that is the best fit for them. In addition, we saw a number of students who decided to take a gap year and are enrolling at college for the first time. We are excited to bring all the new students into our UVM community.

I often find that I get the pulse of how students are feeling by watching what is trending on Twitter. While there is, like most college students, lament about being back in the grind of studying, it brings a smile to my face to see the number of tweets that students share about how much they missed Burlington and their friends while they were away on break and how excited they were to be back at UVM. Here are a few samples:Screen Shot 2014-01-14 at 6.41.03 AMScreen Shot 2014-01-14 at 6.40.44 AM

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