During 1791, the same year that Vermont entered the union as a state, the University of Vermont was founded. The private university combined with Vermont Agricultural College in 1865 after the passage of the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act, making the new college name the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College. Over 65 percent of the university’s students come from other countries and states.
Ira Allen donated 50 acres of land to establish the university and funded most of the initial funding to open the institution. A statue of Allen stands on the university today. The tragic fire in 1824 destroyed much of the university’s first edifice. Burlington citizens funded much of the replacement. This building became known as “Old Mill’ and is the oldest building on the campus.
The university has a reputation as being equal and fair to all students and no student receive preference because of denomination or religious sect. The University of Vermont was the first chartered university or college in America. The university was one of the first advocates of educating African-Americans and women in higher education. The university admitted the first women into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest collegiate academic honor society in the country, in 1871, and in 1877, the first African-American was initiated into the society.
The University of Vermont consists of a college of medicine, an honors college, a graduate college, an extension program, continuing education, and seven undergraduate schools. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation (NEASC) accredit the university. Students can earn bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University of Vermont.
The colleges consist of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Education and Social Services, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, College of Medicine, School of Business Administration, the Graduate School, Continuing Education, and Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. Students enrolled in the honors college do not receive degrees through the honors college. One of the university’s seven undergraduate schools or colleges that the students enroll in offers the degree.
A few of the department include Department of Animal Science, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, Department of Forestry, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences, Department of Sociology, Department of Social Work, Department of Pathology, and Department of Theatre.
Students can receive certificates, pre-medical and post baccalaureate courses, through the Division of Continuing Education. Non-degree and degree seeking students may enroll in a number of courses, including specialized business training courses. Courses are available online, on campus, and/or using and interactive television format.
Many of the programs at University of Vermont are accredited by various agencies, including Commission of Accreditation for Dietetics, Dietetics; The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, AACSB International; Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, Counseling; Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, Athletic Training; and Engineering Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc., Engineering Programs (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical).
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There are approximately 103 undergraduate majors in which students may choose to pursue a degree. The admissions process is the first step toward pursing this desire. Students who wish to apply for admissions should submit an application by early November for early action admissions. The requirements for undergraduate admissions include a completed application and supplemental application, a non-refundable application fee (the fee is waived for early action admission), official high school transcript, official ACT or SAT scores with writing component, letter of recommendation, first quarter grades (early action students only), and mid year grades. Transfer students my meet the above requirements and submit all post-secondary transcripts in order to be considered for admission. The application deadline for transfer students is early April for the fall semester and early November for the spring semester.
International students have the same deadline for applications as first year students and transfer students. Students must meet the same requirements as first year undergraduate students. Additionally, students must submit a letter of recommendation from a currently instructor, and official TOEFL or IETLS scores.
The university currently offers 22 doctoral programs and 54 master’s programs. Students who wish to receive admission into the University of Vermont must submit the graduate school application, 3 letters of recommendation, official transcript from each attended institution, and writing samples. Students who wish to receive admittance into the Medical School must complete the required coursework, MCAT scores, letters of recommendation, and supplemental application.
Financial aid is a very important aspect of earning an education. Students must first complete the FAFSA application to determine eligibility for a number of financial options. Applications should be submitted no later than early February for the fall semester for prospective undergraduates, early March for returning undergraduates, transfer students, and graduate and medical students. Students may qualify for may loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study program.
Pell Grants are available to students with the greatest financial need. A few of the grants that students may qualify for at the University of Vermont include Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Vermont State Grants, Federal Pell Grants, and Alternative state Grants. Students must maintain a 2.0 average to continue receiving this form of financial aid.
Scholarships are a great way to finance an education at little or no out of pocket expense. The university received $269 million in endowment in 2009 alone. Students can receive scholarships from the University of Vermont or outside sources to pay for an education. A few of the scholarships include Green Mountain Scholarship, Trustees Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Green and Gold Scholars, Henderson Scholarship, Vermont Merit Scholarship, Patrick Family Scholarship, and Vermont Scholars. These scholarships generally require a 3.0 GPA or higher, and students can receive over $48,000 for a four-year scholarship.
Students earn over $2,000,000 in work-study funding on off-campus and on-campus jobs. The university offers over 3,500 jobs to eligible students. Students may also qualify for loans with our without interest deferments, and parents may take out parent loans. Students may also use the monthly payment plan option offered by Tuition Management Services. Students have up to 10 months to pay off the deferment amount.
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The university has over 150 clubs and organizations that students may enjoy. Many students dream of becoming part of a fraternity or sorority on campus. The University of Vermont offer 11 fraternities and 7 sororities that may interest some students. The fraternities include Phi Mu Delta, Kappa Sigma, Alpha Gamma Rho, Delta Tau Delta, Alpha Epsilon Phi, and Sigma Phi Epsilon. The sororities include Alpha Delta Pi, Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Lambda Theta Alpha, and Alpha Chi Omega.
Housing options for the University of Vermont include traditional residential communities, special-interest communities, and residential learning communities. The athletic campuses include Harris Millis, University Heights North and South, Living and Learning Center, and March Austin Tupper. Traditional housing includes Hunt, Sichel, The Cottages, McAuley, and Converse. Family and Apartment living consists of Ethan Allen Apartments and County Apartments.
Students may enjoy many activities at the Dudley H. Davis Center on campus. Students can find activities through the Event Planning Portal on the University of Vermont’s website. A few of the many student-run organizations include UVM V-Day Campaign, Club Hockey, Student Labor Action Project, Slade Garden Club, Free 2 Be, UVM Rescue, Vermont Students For Compton, UVM Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, Urban Flava Step Team, and UVM SASS (Salsa and Swing Society).
Students who enjoy the arts may be interested in visiting the Royall Tyler Theatre, Fleming Museum, and The Living/Learning Gallery. University students can enjoy world music, piano, opera, and baroque at the UVM Lane Series. Details are available on the University of Vermont’s website.
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The University of Vermont’s sports teams represent the NCAA Division I and American East Conference. The Nordic and Alpine ski teams compete in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (E. I. S. A.). The men and women’s hockey teams participate in the Hockey East Association. There are 20 sports teams on campus. The school’s colors are green and gold and the athletic teams are known as the Vermont Catamounts. The teams include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s skiing, men’s and women’s soccer, swimming and diving, men’s and women’s track and field (indoor and outdoor).
The teams have won five consecutive American East Academic Cups for best overall combined GPA among athletes at the university. The University of Vermont is the first school in the American East Conference to reach the distinction of winning four times overall and three consecutive years.
Notable accomplishments of the teams include 6 national championships, 52 individual national championships, and 31 EISA titles, ski team; NCAA tournament appearance, men’s and women’s basketball; Frozen Four appearance, men’s hockey; and American East Conference title men’s and women’s soccer.
Notable athletes include Viktor Stalberg, Chicago Blackhawks, Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins; Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks; and Torry Mitchell, San Jose Sharks. The University of Vermont has produced 14 NHL players in the history of the program.
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