Welcome to the Class of 2020!

In the past week, we’ve had many conversations with and visits from students and parents as they have made their decision to join the Class of 2020. Consistently, our newest members have reflected that they have opted for UVM because of academic excellence, the accessible and talented faculty, access to research, internships, and study abroad, advising and support for students to explore jobs and graduate school options, and the welcoming and friendly community they found. And the bonus is Burlington – one of the best college towns in the country and a gem for students searching for internships, part-time jobs, culture and entertainment. Few schools in the country have all this! Our students demonstrate success – in job placement, graduate school placement, retention and graduation.

Our newest members of the Class of 2020 (and proud parents) have taken to social media to announce their commitment to UVM:

Over the next two days, more students will decide to join the Class of 2020. In the coming weeks, information will be sent to students, describing the next steps to enrollment. In the meantime, be sure to check out the new student checklist. New students should be sure to activate their UVM NetID and sign up for orientation.

In May, we’ll share information about the next steps. In the meantime, congratulations to our Class of 2020! You are truly spectacular!

 

You’ve learned your decision – what does it mean?

March 11 was an exciting day for us – we completed the review of all the applications in our applicant pool. More than 22,000 students applied for admission this fall, and we are very excited about the students we selected to be part of the Class of 2020. We also know that we could not say yes to all students who wanted to enroll at UVM in the fall…I hope the information about each of the decisions below will help guide students through the rest of the process.

Admit – Yay! We selected a fabulous group of students to join the Class of 2020. The first-year class is targeted to be roughly 2,300 students. From nearly every state and with interests spread across 100 majors, the students admitted will join the UVM community in the fall. What’s next for you? Notifications about scholarships and scholarships were sent last week and are available online at our application status portal. We still have six admitted student visit days remaining, as well as other visit options. Students have until May 1 to make a decision (confirmed by paying the $495 acceptance fee). We selected this group of students who presented the most competitive applications and create the community we are looking for at UVM….and we want you to SAY YES!

Wait List – Wait list is probably the most challenging decision we need to make in the admissions process. As an applicant, you want an answer. But wait list is a maybe answer.

Why do we need a wait list? Because the university’s priority is to ensure we have a full class and full residence halls – but we can’t have too many! Imagine what it would be like if we oversubscribed and we didn’t have enough residence hall rooms for students. Airlines can place you on the next flight – the next flight at a university leaves four months later (meaning the next semester). So we use wait lists to fill any short falls in particular academic programs or residence halls. Our models and predictions are very good, but they are never perfect.

We encourage students who continue to be interested in UVM to accept the wait list (you can go online at the application status portal to accept a place on the wait list). In late April, we will begin to review our confirmations from admitted students, and make a decision about if we need to offer admission to our wait list students. Those decisions come any time from late-April to mid-May. How many students do we choose from the wait list? It has varied in recent years – in some years, we have selected several hundred…last year, we did not use the wait list because we full but we offered spring semester admission to selected students from the wait list.

Deny – It is always a difficult decision to say no to an applicant. When we do, we do so with the caveat that there are several paths to earning a UVM degree in the future. We ask students who want to attend UVM in the future to strengthen their academic record and apply as a transfer student. Transfer students who have completed a year of academic work (typically 25-30 credit hours) and have earned at least a 2.8 gpa or higher should reapply as a transfer student for fall 2017.

Our staff is available to answer questions about what’s next, about admissions decisions. Please be in touch with our office as you take your next step.

UVM students in the news…it’s really good!

Yesterday marked the 1st day of exams for UVM students. It seems like last week we were welcoming the Class of 2019 and all the students back to campus for another school year.  This semester, UVM students continued to exemplify what makes them so special and why their experience at UVM is so exceptional. Our students are curious, independent thinkers who want to make a difference in their world. They take full advantage of all that UVM, Burlington and Vermont have to offer.

Here are a few headlines that highlight ways our students are making a impact this semester:

COMPUTER SCIENCE STUDENTS SHOWCASE APPS AND INNOVATION AT ANNUAL FAIR

Meet UVM’s COP21 Team

Vermont Soldier Is 1st Woman to Graduate as Combat Engineer

Animal Science Students Connect Vermont to the World through Public Science Exhibit

Nursing Students, Senior Citizens Learn From Each Other

Road to Ruins

Catamounts Capture 2015 America East Men’s Soccer Title

And you can follow a day in the life of UVM students, to see how making a difference and building community is something we do everyday.

A Day in the Life of UVM: Oct. 20, 2015

UVM has always been known as a place that embraces academic excellence and excels at research and new discovery. But what sets our students apart is the fact that UVM is about making a difference for people too – to help make lives better, communities better, the world in which we live better. Just read some stories about our UVM alumni – Catamount Nation. These are just a few examples of how four years at UVM have set our graduates on a lifetime course of making change. Once again, Vermont was named the top Peace Corp producing state per capita – another example of how this is in the DNA of place.

The headlines above show ways our students are engaged in noteworthy ways. But everyday, UVM students are making a difference in the lives of others. As we extend our invitations to join the Class of 2020 this week, we are excited about the students who will choose to come to UVM and add to this amazing community.

We can’t wait to say yes!

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.

Understanding financial aid at UVM

Just a week ago, our Student Financial Services office posted the financial aid awards for students and parents admitted to UVM. It is a both and exciting time and a stressful time as families make their college decisions this month.

Here are a few reminders and information nuggets that I hope will help clarify any questions.

1.  How do I compare costs? One of the most challenging things to understand right now is  having accurate information about the annual cost of a university. When a student logs on to our student portal and views their financial aid award, they will see an estimated cost of attendance. It is important to understand that this price includes estimates for things that will not be paid to UVM, such as books, transportation and personal expenses. Other schools may present the actual billed costs for comparisons. Therefore, when comparing cost after financial aid, be sure that you are comparing the same figures. The direct billed costs for UVM can be found at the bottom of the page with the financial aid award or on the student financial services website here. I also encourage students and parents to subtract the aid from the costs. I have communicated with a number of students and parents because they received a larger scholarship at another institution, but the costs are higher, and the cost of UVM after aid is actually comparable.

2. UVM awards students the best financial aid available and we are not in a position to change awards based on what other schools provide. We welcome questions and are happy to review special circumstances that students and families may have that do not appear on the FAFSA – the financial aid staff can review special circumstances. Our approach, however, to our financial aid awarding is that we will not negotiate a financial aid award.

3. We have issued some tentative financial aid awards (vs final awards) because we are missing required documentation that has been requested. If your award is labeled tentative, then I encourage you to send in the information that has been requested by student financial services.

We are very pleased that we have been able to offer the kind of financial aid to our potential new students. For some families, they may make decisions to attend other schools because the financial support or the overall cost of another school fits within their family resources. But for many students, the financial support makes it possible for students to attend UVM.

Our Student Financial Services website contains an extensive group of frequently asked questions. These questions and answers will prove to be very helpful to students and parents. The website also describes our monthly payment plan, Tuition Management Services, as a way to help manage the payment of tuition.

Our Student Financial Services staff is available to assist students and parents. The wait time on the phone is longer at this time of year, but the staff is happy to assist in answering questions. Their office customer service hours are listed here.

Please be in touch if you have any remaining questions.

#UVMsaidYES to the next group of Catamounts

The release of admissions decisions is always an exciting time. It is exciting for the admissions staff members who have been choosing students who are the best prepared to be at UVM. It is an exciting time for students who have been invited to join the Class of 2019 at UVM. We can’t wait to see who will say yes to that invitation.

We anticipate welcoming a class of more than 2,300 new students. Who are these students who have been offered admission to UVM? First, we have an outstanding group of Vermont students who reign from across the state. These Vermonters come from 113 different secondary schools, including 75 in Vermont. In addition, we have admitted students from across the U.S., 49 states (missing South Dakota this year), Washington D.C. Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, as well as students from sixty-three different nationalities. A fun fact…231 of these admitted students have a perfect SAT Reading score and 164 have a perfect SAT Math score.

Students took to social media to share their excitement. Here are some examples:

What’s next? Students admitted to UVM are encouraged to attend an admitted student visit day if that hasn’t already happened, or plan a campus visit for another day. Financial aid awards will be available at the end of this month. Let us know what questions you might have… is ready to help!

To date, we have nearly 450 of our admitted students who have decided to choose UVM. We hope that you will be next!

Making your college decision: Are you intuitive or a fact-finder?

At yesterday’s admitted student visit day, Vice Provost Annie Stevens asked the students in the audience if they took a fact-finding or an intuitive approach to their final college choice. Her question made me reflect on the decisions that many high school seniors will be facing in the next two weeks. The role of information in that final decision is an interesting thing to ponder and something that we think about a lot. What do students need to make the final decision (and most students wait until these last two weeks to make their decision?)

About the facts….over the course of the last eighteen months, we have been sharing lots of facts. Student faculty ratio, enrollment, graduation rates, average class size, percent of our students that study abroad, job placements, etc. All these facts paint a picture of a place that prepares students in an exceptional way in their academic area of interest because of our great faculty and staff and because of the unique commitment to undergraduate education in the context of a great, small research university. Dr. Stevens shared lots of facts yesterday as she described all the features and the accolades that describe a UVM education.

About the intuition…..often I find that the intuition plays a greater role this time of year in the final decision. Intuition is that feeling that you can’t put words to…you just know. You walk around campus, and around Burlington, and say, “I can see myself here for the next four years. I love this place!” Our admitted students get that feeling by watching UVM students interact, by confidently navigating the campus, by enjoying a meal on Church Street and seeing people smiling and enjoying themselves. I accompanied a student to pay her acceptance fee yesterday who already had the check made out and they came back for a final visit just to confirm her intuition that UVM was the right place. I spoke with another family who described the energy around campus and around Burlington….”you can just feel it.” In my opinion, UVM is the perfect place – a place that is both filled with natural beauty combined with an excitement and energy that comes from interesting and passionate students, faculty engaged with students and their own research, and welcoming and comfortable community. This vibe comes through when students walk around campus. The intuition becomes the strong voice that says yes, I love it here.

Over the next two weeks, many more students will say yes to UVM. Our staff is here to answer those last factual questions. We will welcome several thousand more students and parents in our last admitted student visit days. We can’t wait to see people on campus!

During yesterday’s visit day, nearly 25 students made the decision to say yes to UVM! For many of them, they simply said, “this is the right place.” Was it because of the facts or just taking in the atmosphere? My guess is a little bit of both.