For high school students, junior and senior year are a busy time for college campus visits. College visits are a perfect way to learn about campus culture and student life. Want to make the most out of your college visit to UVM? Manny Tejeda of UVM Admissions offers some advice.
Soaking up the College Experience at UVM
Attend a Group Information Session and Tour
Explore the beautiful Burlington campus, located in Vermont’s largest city. UVM was founded in 1791 and the fifth oldest university in New England (after Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, and Brown). Get a glimpse of the UVM college experience by attending an information session and student-guided walking tour of central campus (unless otherwise noted, these sessions start at Admissions Visitors Center, 184 South Prospect Street). The program generally lasts two hours.
Talk with at least two current students
College visits provide you with an opportunity to ask questions and address any concerns. Put together a list of three to four questions about academics and life on campus. For example, do most students live on campus? What career planning services are available? How many students stay on campus on weekends? Ask those questions to every person you meet at UVM – and talk to students besides the tour guide.
Go to a class or meet with someone from your intended college
Attending a class is one of the best ways to get a feel for the academic environment at UVM. It’s a way for you to see how students and professors interact, and what technology is utilized. Be sure to arrive on time and introduce yourself to the professor beforehand. Meeting one-on-one with a faculty member at your intended college will also give you a sense of the curriculum, course load, and expectations of students. Reach out the UVM Admissions Individual Visit Coordinator to set up a class visit or meeting with a faculty member.
Do something on every level of the Davis Center
The Davis Center is the student center and epicenter of student activity at UVM. The Davis Center is where you’ll find events, lectures, food, and more. Visit the UVM Bookstore, grab coffee at Henderson’s Café, or enjoy lunch at New World Tortilla.
Go downtown to Church Street (via the free College Street Shuttle)
Church Street in the heart of Burlington is one of the most popular destinations in Vermont. Visit the city’s brick and cobblestone pedestrian marketplace and find dozens of locally-owned restaurants, food cart vendors, shops, and cafes, as well as a variety of outdoor entertainment. Whether you’re a foodie, shopping enthusiast, fan of architecture or music lover, Church Street is a place worth visiting to experience the best of Burlington.
Make it social media official with a #UVMselfie on your #UVMvisit
Delve deeper into campus life on social media, where you’ll find flash mob videos on YouTube and Instagram photos of sunsets over Lake Champlain. Social media at UVM offers a glimpse at the moments that make up life at UVM. Be sure to use the #UVMselfie or #UVMvisit hashtag during your visit!