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Burlington, VT
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9,956
Tuition (in-state)
$35,612 ($15,284)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: It was great for me for my first year, I didn't have any problems. Some of my friends struggled with the process and getting the amount they needed, but the financial aid office is very willing to work with you and help you out if they can.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are quite a few people involved but there is certainly no pressure to join. There are plenty of opportunities for social commitment outside of Greek Life and it is definitely not the most popular option.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's great if it's what you are looking for. You can find weed anywhere, it is incredibly easy to get and the majority of students smoke. However, if you're not into that scene, it is also easy to avoid, and you won't feel pressured.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing experience definitely depends on which building you live in. Most buildings are really great and spacious with a great social atmosphere, but a select few lack those things.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The rules regarding alcohol and drugs in the dorms are very lenient. It is very uncommon for there to be serious consequences. Also, in my experience, my classes have been very strict in terms of attendance policies, out of 10 classes, only 1 didn't have an attendance policy this year, but I have friends who had a full year of classes with no attendance policies at all.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel very safe on campus, I have never had any problems. The health center is great too. It is incredibly convenient and everyone who works there is very helpful and kind.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Students are very laid back and typically have a hippie/hipster/carefree style. Most students are involved in something active (most likely skiing/boarding or hiking). While most students keep to themselves, everyone is very nice and it is easy to make friends in classes, in (most) dorms, especially programmed housing, and at parties.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: There is an international airport, a train station, two long distance passenger bus options, and tons of car sharing, and rental car options. Transportation is incredibly convenient.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: As a public university in New England, it is not be expected that the school is not very diverse. If you look hard, you can find people of different ethnic backgrounds, religious backgrounds, etc. However, in my experience, the community is very accepting.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: It would definitely be do-able, to not buy a computer, but it is incredibly convenient to have a laptop. The WiFi and school network are reliable and I have never experienced any serious problems, but there have been times when the WiFi has been temperamental.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It is winter for more than half the time you are here at school. The winter is brutally cold and long, the wind is whipping and the daily climate is unpredictable. As the campus is fairly large, it can be a pain to walk to classes in the cold, but there is an underground tunnel and a bus system that is incredibly helpful and easy to use. There are tons of activities to participate in year round despite the weather and there are plenty of mountains and ski/board pass deals offered through the school.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There is not much need for a car on campus, there are convenient bike/walking paths and public bus systems (that are free). Everything you need is within walking distance and the buses can take you wherever else you need to go. Parking on campus is free on the weekends in the garage and there is always space available. A parking permit for the year or semester is not an unreasonable price and there are convenient spots near the building where you live.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Animal Science is one of the most rigorous majors offered here. General Chemistry freshman year basically filters out the people who are not cut out for it. But it is incredibly fun and because it is a relatively large program, advisors know the major well. Also, ASCI majors in the Honors College get to register before everyone else because of the rigorous curriculum and struggle to fit in all requirements. You definitely have to do a four year plan ASAP.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: Animal Science is one the most rigorous majors offered here. Gen Chem basically filters out the people who are not cut out for it. But it is incredibly fun and since it is a relatively large program, advising is excellent. There are also lots of internships offered to ASCI students and the Pre-Vet club is very informative as well. For some labs you get to go down to the farm and play with cows!

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I can only speak for Honors College housing in University Heights North. It is absolutely amazing! Very large compared to average housing and great sense of community.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Burlington - a 15min walk from campus - is full of various kinds of restaurants and diners.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: The winters are long and cold - if you like skiing it's fantastic. But it does seem a bit gray after a while. The spring and fall are short but wonderfully pleasant! Not too hot, and after winter it's certainly not too cold!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: You have to look a year prior to move in to even have a chance at finding a house. They go quick!

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Campus buses usually run on time so you can figure out when its helpful to take the bus and when it would be better to walk. During the winter the shuttles are lifesavers. But by far the best thing is the public bus - with your UVM ID, you get free fare! It's so easy to go downtown or to the mall or to concerts.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The only big sporting event is Men's Varsity Hockey. Tickets sell out most of the time.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is hardly any peer pressure from what I've seen. People here are really laid back and let others do whatever they want to do - drugs or no drugs. Few people judge others based on their drug use or lack thereof. The school is somewhat lax when it comes to weed and casual drinking, but any time someone is belligerently drunk and is a danger to himself or others, UVM police will definitely step in. RA's understand students want to have fun and tend to be rather lenient. However, they cannot ignore someone walking around with a handle

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received an academic scholarship and was invited to the Honors College based off my high school grades and test scores without applying separately for those things. The only requirement for both the scholarship and hcol is to maintain at least a 3.2 GPA.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Animal Science is one of the most challenging majors because of the many difficult requirements. Many people change majors after not doing well in chemistry, and there is a lot of pressure to do well because entrance to vet school is so competitive. That being said, the courses are incredibly interesting and the advisors are very experienced. I feel like I am being very well prepared for my future career. Also, lots of research opportunity! I started working with a faculty member in a lab my freshman year.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Burlington is a wonderful small city that is walking distance from campus. There are plenty of places to listen to live music and dance!

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I have no experience with this.

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Jason Bushey
Hometown
Burlington, VT
Major
English
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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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