The University of Vermont’s hilltop campus looks out across one of America’s most vibrant small cities to Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains beyond. Here, students’ educational experience and activities are enriched by our location—from the energy and innovation of Burlington to the forests, farms, and independent spirit of Vermont.
Live and Learn
Next door to the medical center, our new residence hall is home to another kind of Wellness Environment: our innovative learning community that’s drawing national headlines. In WE, students live with others dedicated to building healthy brains and healthy bodies through four research-proven pillars of wellness: fitness, nutrition, mindfulness, and mentorship. Students in the program take a course with Dr. Jim Hudziak, a leading pediatric psychiatrist, who teaches the neuroscience behind how healthy behaviors actually transform the brain.
You’ll find learning communities in each of our residence halls. Live and study with friends interested in the arts, the environment, global cultures, and civic engagement. And our Honors College provides a residential space for some of our most capable students from across all academic programs.
Here, you’re more than a number. But let’s start with ours:
• Founded: 1791
• Average class size: 32
• Student-faculty ratio: 16:1
• 100+ bachelor’s programs
• 50 master’s programs, including accelerated master’s
• 22 doctoral programs
• 1,900+ undergraduate course offerings
• 10,257 undergraduate students
• 600 study abroad options in 70 countries
• 85% of undergraduates receive scholarships or financial aid
Participation Just Happens
200+ clubs and organizations help us thrive as active students and people. Interested in cycling or film or marketing? There’s a group for that. Love repping your school colors? Cheer on our 18 NCAA Division I athletic teams. Come from a particular cultural background? Join a club that celebrates that. Here, all walks of life can walk freely.
Top Marks From Top Sources
• Top 10 Best Colleges to Study Health Professions (USA Today)
• Top 25 Publics With the Best Four-Year Graduation Rates (CNN Money)
• Top 38 Public Schools (U.S. News & World Report)
• #10 Colleges Their Students Love (The Princeton Review)
• Top 10 Green College (The Princeton Review)
• Top 10 Peace Corps–Producing Schools of Our Size
• Top 30 LGBTQ-Friendly Campus (Campus Pride)
• #14 Happiest Students (The Princeton Review)
• #1 College Town (Travel + Leisure)
And from our top source: our students
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UVM is a research university of a perfect size, large enough to offer a breadth of ideas, resources, and opportunities, yet small enough to enable close faculty-student mentorship. With a commitment to undergraduate education, our professors—world-class researchers, scholars, and artists—bring their discoveries into the classroom and their students into the field.
Our students are empowered to dig into the most pressing issues of our time, studying the effects of climate change aboard the Melosira, our research vessel and floating lab; testing new vaccines at our on-campus medical center; launching local start-ups; and working with refugees at Burlington community centers.
On our campus, the doctor is in and ready to teach
A world-class medical school right on our campus means it’s not uncommon to see students walking out of their residence hall and straight into our medical center for some hands-on training. Our Premedical Enhancement Program, or PEP, matches students with practicing physicians for one-on-one mentoring. It’s training that gives our students a leg up when applying to medical school—at our own Larner College of Medicine, where PEP students are guaranteed an interview (pending MCAT score), and at top medical schools nationwide. UVM students have a 53% med school admit rate, compared to a 43% national rate.
A new facility, “Discovery,” home to state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories, opens in 2017. It’s part of a new STEM complex that will fuel the groundbreaking research in science, technology, engineering, and math already underway at UVM. Research like engineering a way to heal lungs with a Band-Aid made from seaweed. Measuring humanity’s happiness millions of tweets at a time. And creating the world’s tiniest wrench—just under two nanometers wide—for manipulating single molecules.
Set your sights
As students explore their passions, there’s support along the way—from study abroad opportunities to funding for research and internships to an office dedicated to helping students land once-in-a-lifetime opportunities after graduation. The Office of Fellowships Advising counsels students through the process of applying for competitive scholarships like the Fulbright and Rhodes. Over the past five years, more than 100 UVM students have won or been finalists for prestigious awards like these.
Wherever you see yourself after college, UVM will help you get there. Our four-year plan for career success shows you all the steps to take in each year to land a great job after grad-uation or continue your studies in graduate school. Within six months of graduating, 93% of UVM students are employed or continuing their ed-ucation, and 94% of those employed are in a position related to their career goals. Our students launch with the skills needed to create success for themselves and to lead humankind toward a better future.
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