Burlington, VT
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Reviews 1289 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe on campus. I grew up in a city 2 miles outside of Manhattan, though, so I might just be easier to please than some!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus mostly cares that everyone is safe and happy. They aren't going to show up just to break up fun unless they think someone could be in trouble, at least in my experience. I've only had campus police show up once, and the cops were really nice and even let some guys off for a few violations that would have cost them a ton of money if they'd been written up. Overall I think they care less about strictly enforcing rules and more about making sure you're alright.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Many guys are good-looking and have good heads on their shoulders. There are a fair amount of douchebags, but definitely less than you'd expect from a typical college campus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Rigorous academics without drowning you in work. You learn a lot, but you also get to have a social life and relax. Plus, even if you like to party, the entire party scene settles down when big exams are coming up. It's hard not to focus on academics when you need to, here. Everyone takes their grades pretty seriously.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: THe education program is designed to make you into a teacher who cares AND knows what they're talking about. My concentration is English, so I need 39-42 credits in English (English majors typically only need 36 English credits) as well as about 30 credits in education courses, and we're required to take 3 classes (minimum) in diversity as well (a class on racism, a class on special education/issues faced by people with disabilities, and a class on race and ethnic literature) which focus on diversity and how we, as teachers, can support oppressed groups within our classroom. After only a year, I feel positive that I will be well prepared to teach my subject and connect with and help all of my students when I am finished.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: For the prince, they definitely should give more aid.

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't yet lived off campus, my answers were based on what I've seen of my friends who live off-campus.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Burlington, VT is the greatest city I have ever been to, by far. I love it so much. After only a year, it's become my 2nd home (though I'd easily make it my only home if I had the option.)

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I've seen SO many dorms at other colleges and read so many horror stories about bug infestations and things like that. UVM dorm bathrooms and halls are cleaned daily (unless you live in a suite, then cleaning up is your own responsibility) and the rooms are so much bigger than at the other schools I visited. My room, which was a forced triple, still had more space (about 2x) than some of the traditional doubles I saw at other colleges.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm in love with the education program here. The faculty are really helpful and passionate about what they do and they really make you excited about teaching and prepare you for what it's really like to be in the classroom aside from just academics.

College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had an internship at UVM yet, I'm only a freshman. With my major, my internship isn't until senior year.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There's ALWAYS something to do at night, but you'll never be criticized or made fun of if you aren't interested in the party scene.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I was never an athletic person, but this school made it very easy to find a sport I love and really get into it. (I wasn't even looking for a club sport!)

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Compared to other campuses, the dining here is really good!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are a lot of options for on-campus dining but the best options are if you go with the Points option rather than Unlimited. The unlimited dining, which is required for first-time, first-semester traditional students, is really average and is good food but there's not much variety if you have special needs in which case there are plenty of specialty eateries around campus that cater to different tastes and requirements, although most are operated by Sodexo. The Marche in L/L and Redstone Market are good places to get some hot food to go or general grocery needs. The sushi on campus is decent and is made in the Davis center every day. A tip: if you go to the Marche on Saturday morning before H/M Dining opens for breakfast, you get something for free. New World Tortilla in the Davis Center is operated by students and uses local ingredients to make some awesome tortillas. Did I mention that there's a Ben and Jerry's scoop shop right in the Davis Center? They have all of the flavors and participate in Free Cone Day. The Marche is open till 10 at night as is the Redstone Market. You can usually get 2 for 1 deals on sushi or salads since they're made every day and can't sit out for more than a day. You can get awesome food at Brennan's which is on the first floor of the Davis center, and even beer if you're 21. It's a good place to get pub food without going downtown and their burgers are very good, but not as good as the pubs downtown.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It was so easy to get need-based financial aid here and it's really easy to apply, all you need to do is complete your FAFSA and UVM will take a look at it and give you the grants that you need. They were very generous with my financial aid and the in-state price sweetened the deal by a lot. They really want Vermont kids to come here, and indeed many of the kids who went to my high school are going here. Other schools that I looked at had better facilities and a wider breadth of options for academics, but UVM was so generous with financial aid.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are many places on campus for housing but they're pretty spread out and it's hard to get housing close to campus. Trinity is the furthest away from campus and is a long walk. I never went there since my friends who lived there would rather hang out on campus. The housing on campus (Chittenden, Buckham, and Wills) are commonly referred to as the Shoeboxes, since the rooms are so small. They're being demoed in the near future and being replaced with better housing. MAT and L/L are close to campus as well as H/M and the honors housing, U Heights. It's more difficult to get into these because for L/L, you have to apply to get into themed housing and many houses require a 1-credit class. Redstone campus is good but Trinity is farther. The lottery process is a very time-oriented process but if you and your intended roommate request each other and a room, then you have a better chance of getting what you want. You can also see which rooms are already taken so you can choose your second or third choice. There is a good amount of space in the rooms but it's a really good idea to loft beds or make a bunk bed. It opens up the room so much and you get a ridiculous amount of space, enough for a couch and TV. As I said before, your results will vary with RAs. Some couldn't give two whacks about your drinking, and others will be horrible and extremely strict because they're trying very hard to not have any problems and keep their extra money.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: UVM is a dry campus and they have their own police force that acts independently. If you're at a loud party on campus they will come and bust it sooner or later. However, the officers know that everyone's having fun and they're professional about breaking up the party and sending everyone home. You can not go to class all year and the administration couldn't give a darn. It's a process to make a new organization but it's not hard to do so. You basically need members who want to join and make a proposal if you want money for the club to run. Marijuana use is very open on campus and there are many rooms in dorms which have blankets stuffed in the windows and fans running 24/7. You can roll a joint and go the smoking spot and no one will look twice. It's possible to get other drugs but marijuana is really easy. Parking on campus is very difficult to do unless you have a parking pass in which case there are specific lots to park in. It's heavily enforced. There aren't many demonstrations on campus at all.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Not sure why I'm generalizing girls specifically here on campus but in general they're attractive and most are into partying. It's definitely a good idea to go off-campus for parties if you don't want to get busted. In engineering there are many who don't party but if you're in environmental they like to party. Many guys here on campus like to grow some sort of facial hair and generally keep it trimmed. The hipster culture is strong here on campus and there are a lot of longboarders as well. No one is particularly snobbish about their hipster status and they generally like the style and the core values of it. This makes for guys and girls who share their knowledge, have great discussions and who don't like the mainstream droll of modern life.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The student center is very new and works well for all student needs. Many pass through it on their way to other spots, but many stay to chill with their friends. It's a good place for studying if you can deal with it being crowded. Many facilities on campus are outdated and come from the Brutalist era of architecture in the mid-70s. They are quite ugly and are only there to serve their purpose, nothing else. The older buildings on campus look great on the outside but need some work inside. Many have interesting murals on the walls from the 70s. The athletic center is very good but also a bit outdated however the amount of money and time put into it when it was built and the facilities space makes it a good place to work out or train. The scientific facilities are quite outdated in terms of the buildings but inside we have the equipment to do many experiments.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Burlington has some of the best eateries around, and there are so many to choose from. The food trucks on University Place in between the theatre and Billings are a really cheap way to get a good lunch and they vary from a deli, to pizza/calzones and Vietnamese food. There are some wonderful delis in Burlington and City Market is a good place to get vegan, vegetarian and general groceries, though it's a bit pricey. I love Asiana Noodle Shop if I want to spend a bit more on a night out, although there are certainly more expensive options. It's known for its Asian noodle dishes and lines, and there are no reservations. Vermont ub and Brewery as well as The Farmhouse Tap and Grill are great places to go for a drink and/or some great pub food, including some amazing burgers. I can't list all of the amazing eateries here but you should know there is plenty of Chinese and fast food restaurants, including Wings Over and Ben & Jerry's in the student center, with varying prices.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The turnout for hockey is always amazing and UVM has some of the best fans around. The school spirit at hockey games is always very high. I play in the pep band and there are clear rivalries with other schools like Boston University. However, the turnout for basketball games is pretty bad, which is sad considering that we have a very good basketball team. The season ticket holders for UVM are very loyal and many come to away tournaments while other schools don't. On to the facilities: They are very good and there are lots of different spaces and specialized equipment to meet many needs. We have indoor and outdoor tracks, basketball outside and 3 different courts inside. The hockey rink has wooden benches for the students and is small in comparison to other stadiums but it has a local, hometown feel to it that others don't. They feel very industrial in comparison.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Townies are alright but some are just plain bad people. I know some who lie and steal and cheat and just overall blow as people.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is awesome. Who dosnt like greek life? I love greek life. I am in a fraternity, and if I was a girl i would be in a sorority.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: I think its great, its so great. I love nightlife, nightlifes the best omg. Why can t more nights be like nightlife? give me more more more


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Jason Bushey
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Students are in agreement that the University of Vermont is a remarkable place to go to school. The refreshing environment and lovely surroundings meld well with the progressive, laid-back city of Burlington. One particular area students wish to see change is an increase in the amount of racial diversity. Perhaps the coming years will bring a more diverse application pool, allowing students to learn in a varied and culturally aware environment. And while less consequential factors, such as parking or Greek life, were neither praised nor abhorred, the most important aspects of college—academics, atmosphere, and housing—consistently achieved superior rankings according to the students.

Compared with most other state universities, the University of Vermont offers a very competitive educational experience in an unbeatable setting. UVM is like an epicenter—it's within a day’s drive of New York, Boston, the Atlantic Ocean, and Canada. The University of Vermont houses provocative and diverse thoughts, mixed with a dedicated student body and the additional flair of Burlington. The verdict is in: UVM is a beautiful school with a rigorous academic curriculum, mixed in a place that people come to enjoy, and, surely, continue to love.

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