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  • 08/06/2009

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    19 out of 20 people found this review useful. 1 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Laid back, academically focused, athletic

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a tour of the school and spend a night if you can. Talk to a department head in the field of study you're interested in. Also, introduce yourself to an admissions officer; they're very nice and it will help you along the way.

    Bang for the buck

    UVM is expensive for out-of-state students, but the facilities, faculty, and food are worth the high cost.

    Did enjoy being here

    Burlington is an awesome city/town and the people are very welcoming. Partying is big at UVM, but even if you don't party there is something for everyone every night of the week!

    Did learn a lot

    The sciences and mathematics at UVM are challenging and I learned a lot from the professors. Overall, the other classes were moderately challenging and the professors were knowledgeable.

  • 06/08/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    12 out of 15 people found this review useful. 2 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UVM is great for someone who wants to be active. By active, I mean active in anything- if you are serious about LGBT rights, they have many groups which fight for rights. If you want to learn about recycling, there is so much to do there to learn how you can help. And if there's something you want to do that hasn't been started yet it's so easy to start your own movement.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will never be able to understand the full potential of this school unless you come up to visit, so definitely do so.

    Bang for the buck

    Personally UVM has been very generous with scholarships and loans. I had been fearful that I wouldn't be able to go to UVM because of the high expense and, from what I'd heard about the school, they tend to prefer people in state. Fortunately this wasn't the case and most of the tuition will be paid for and the rest in loans.

    Will enjoy being here

    People at UVM are so friendly. Plus, the area is great- Church Street has the best shops and there's always something to do. Also, UVM is not the only college in the area- Champlain College is right next door and St. Michael's college is nearby so you can make friends not only within the school but with the other people in the area.

    Will learn a lot

    This school is amazing, and not only for the great classes and professors they have- they are one of the most green campuses in the country. You don't only learn in your classes, you learn life skills like recycling. Also, UVM is not the kind of school that teaches to the tests- it's not what you think, it's HOW you think. Here you learn critical thinking skills. to help you in whatever career you choose.

  • 08/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 12 people found this review useful. 3 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Basically everyone. UVM has a really laid back atmosphere that is very accepting of all different types of people. There are groups for everyone! There are a lot of different types of people on campus and since the student body is so large, you'll definitely find people with similar interests.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware that public transportation home or elsewhere can be a nightmare. Amtrak is actually located in a nearby town (in Essex Jct.) and only one line goes through (The Vermonter). It's also really expensive and time consuming. The airport is about a 40 minute walk from campus or you can take the 1 bus (not a good plan the day before break because the buses are too full and some drivers are picky about your luggage size). If you buy your tickets way ahead of time, they aren't too expensive. Get a good winter coat too.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a lot of money for out of state students. For me, the financial aid was great the first year and hasn't been as good since forcing me to take out private loans in the five figure range. The campus is beautiful though.

    Am enjoying being here

    Burlington is a great town, and there are a lot of things to do (music, movies, clubs). It's also near great mountains (Jay, Stowe, Mad River, Sugarbush). The bus system that runs through the county is pretty extensive (though rarely on time) which makes life without a car do-able.

    Am learning a lot

    The science classes are pretty good if you get a good professor. I thought a lot of the introductory classes were comparable to the AP level in high school. You learn a lot of good skills in the lab.

  • 10/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 11 people found this review useful. 4 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Open-minded students do better here. I won't lie, it is mainly hipsters here, but you will definitely find someone like yourself here if you try hard, which you probably won't have to. People who like to have fun thrive here though, not to say that you won't thrive as well if you are more studious and industrious, but many people here like to party.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring clothing for any type of weather. Heatwaves and cold streaks can and do happen at any time. Also bring umbrellas and rain gear. And definitely a camera, there are so many great views that you'll want to capture, especially if you go down to Lake Champlain which I definitely recommend. The lake and Church Street are two of the best things Burlington has to offer, you can always find something to do there and it's within walking distance though you can still take a bus if you don't want to walk. So spend time exploring the city, it has a lot to offer. And get out there and get to know everyone you can, you probably won't like everyone you meet but there are a lot of interesting personalities and different perspectives you will find. There are downsides of course though, it tends to be quite noisy and not all the dorms are the most comfortable or roomy, but those are easy enough to adjust to.

    Bang for the buck

    I would say being here is worth it, and I pay a lot for the out of state tuition. I don't regret coming here and would not demand a refund, it has been a valuable and enjoyable life experience for the most part, which a good mixture of activities and academics. It is definitely pricey for an out-of-state student though, so make financial aid and finding scholarships a top priority.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is really nice up here. The weather gets a bit chilly and extreme obviously, but overall it's beautiful and very scenic up here, one of the most picturesque places I've ever been. There is a fantastic view wherever you go and it changes, so if you are into landscape painting or photography this is a place for you. The people here also tend to be very friendly and personable, so you rarely feel lonely. They can be a little much at time, but I think anytime you group this many people of our age together things will get overwhelming at one point or another.

    Am learning a lot

    For the most part, my classes are fairly challenging. They are definitely manageable, but definitely not easy either. They are at a good level of difficulty I'd say, where I am learning plenty but it's usually not overwhelming or underwhelming. I'm a bio major taking solely math and sciences this semester though aside from badminton, so I can't speak of the language, social studies, etc. classes, though I have heard that they are similar.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 5 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hippies, party-ers, and the environmentally-conscious are especially prevalent, but there really is a variety of people here, and most are accepting of divergent others.

    Tips for prospective students

    UVM is a good school in an adorable town with a wonderful landscape. Your experience will be what you make of it, so have fun but study hard and try to learn something. (If you are concerned with housing [i.e. you want to have the option to study in your dorms and have your own sanitary bathroom], try to get into U. Heights via acceptance into the Honors College or Green Housing.)

    Bang for the buck

    It's a state school which means cheaper tuition. Cheaper tuition is good. The overall quality of the school does not really show its price tag. Everything else (i.e. books, food, fun) is just as expensive as anywhere else.

    Am enjoying being here

    The academics are good and the general population is accepting and friendly. The living situation varies by dorm and your personal environment, and it can get a little grungy. Overall, it can be an enjoyable place if you want it to be.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are generally engaging, but I would recommend investigating your professors before signing up for their class. They can make the class and seem to be hits or misses. You WILL learn something IF you actually apply yourself, otherwise you could probably get by without doing so.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 6 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Laid back personalities who appreciate being outside in the landscape of Vermont.

    Tips for prospective students

    Should have initiative and be ready to work. Especially in lower level classes at a large school, students have to discipline themselves to get their work done because the teachers cannot keep track.

    Bang for the buck

    The out of state cost for this school ranks with the Ivies. Scholarships are available but other financial aid, such as work study positions, are declining.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus, and the city of Burlington, is beautiful. There are numerous clubs to join and plenty of random student/school-organized activities. There is a source of night life that suites partiers. And for those who choose not to partake in typical college parties, there is ALWAYS something going on on campus or in town.

    Am learning a lot

    There is a lot of diversity in the courses available and pretty much everyone can fond something to interest them. Though some professors are better than others, they all are intent on seeing you succeed and there is always a source of help you if you need it. There are certain requirements per individual college, but every student has to take diversity courses.

  • 01/04/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 7 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for outdoorsy, compassionate, friendly, dedicated, hardworking, fun-loving, open-minded students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Scholarships, Scholarships, Scholarships! I would also advise prospective students to come prepared for harsh winters. It can get frigid. The winters are, however, magical at times and the beautiful Burlington Spring and fall more than make up for the harsh winters.

    Bang for the buck

    I can't really say yet as I am still attending UVM. I do know that if you are and out of state student, like myself, expect hefty loans and debt. In the end, my advice is to look up lots of scholarships because you can't pass up the chance to attend UVM.

    Am enjoying being here

    UVM has an amazing campus with a million and one things to do. If you ever find yourself bored all you have to do is send an email or attend a meeting and poof you've joined a club. UVM is also nestled in one of the most amazing towns I've ever been to. I love Burlington! The people, the shops, the waterfront, the laid back atmosphere...it's just wonderful.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a French major and I find myself excited about my course load. I learn something new every day. I leave my french classes exhilarated and often enjoy study for my classes. I can't express enough how much I love the french department at UVM!

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 8 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for students who like to be alone; it's not a small college where everybody knows each others business. BUT you can join a program in which you live and go to class with the same people. It's a just a great place to be for almost every type of person.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the size of the campus and student body; this is a large college with a small feel. (Just think: you can meet one new person every day until you graduate!) Also there's ALWAYS something going on and a TON of clubs and activities for every type of person. I've actually found that I want to join TOO many clubs :)

    Bang for the buck

    No college is perfect. I'm an out-of-state student, so my rating's a little harsher. I feel I am pretty much getting my money's worth in education, but the food is a bit overpriced. If you get the points meal plan, get the more points one.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is a friendly and interactive environment; everyone is nice to you and there's always something going on here. You can always either find something exciting to do or you can always find a place to relax and have quiet.

    Am learning a lot

    My classes not only provide me with a lot of knowledge, but my professors are enthusiastic about teaching as well. The learning environment is wonderful and I have learned so much in a short time.

  • 01/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 5 people found this review useful. 9 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outdoor-lovers, environmentalists, animal science majors (there are many well-recognized opportunities for large animals), snowboarders/skiers

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have any choice in where you live first semester I would recommend the Red Stone campus; It is a very social area and there are beautiful lawns/greens to play games or just spend time with friends. All of the housing at UVM has similar opportunities, but I really enjoyed my time on red stone and think it is worth looking into. Also, look into a variety of majors and don't be afraid of starting as an undeclared student.

    Bang for the buck

    I am an in state student, but most of my friends are from around the country. Although they have all fully enjoyed their time at UVM, it has been somewhat of a financial struggle.

    Am enjoying being here

    On top of the great courses offered at UVM, the people and environment create a wonderful atmosphere. When you first arrive you will be warmly welcomed by a diverse community, and soon find your own niche. There is also plenty to keep you entertained on campus and in the town of Burlington. Whether partying on the weekend or just looking for a quite week-night activity UVM is the perfect place!

    Am learning a lot

    There is an extremely wide variety of courses offered at UVM. Many are strenuous, but the professors are always willing to help and make an effort to be available in and outside of class. On the other hand, there are a variety of very entertaining and rewarding courses. For example, I took a SCUBA course last semester and am now certified for life!!

  • 01/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 10 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    A UVMer enjoys life. Students here participate in school events, they hang out with their friends, and they want to learn. You must like snow! People who come to this school get a great education and have a good time and a great college experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit, take the tours, then spend some time on your own looking around. Ask questions, if you can't see yourself at a school, move on to the next one.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the more expensive schools, yet definitely worth it, there are a lot of great financial aid opportunities.

    Am enjoying being here

    UVM is a great community, you're in the heart of Burlington, one of this country's greatest small cities. Yet you are surrounded by rural Vermont. There is an unending list of extracurriculars in addition to everything there is to do in the city.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors have amazing backgrounds and are enthusiastic and eager to teach.

  • 10/12/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone and everyone can find a home here, in one of the least diverse places in the United States, Vermont, Burlington and more specifically UVM is maybe unexpectedly very welcoming and open to diversity and difference.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to at least one of the numerous Residential Learning Communities. They range from interests in the Arts, Culture, Cooking, and Sexual Identity. Not only do these offer great social networking options for first year students (you have 5 or 6 built-in friends), for $61 extra, you spend the year in a spacious suite, with private bathrooms and carpet, as opposed to a cramped and tiled dorm room. The Living/Learning Community is arguably the most connected dorm on campus, go L'nLephants!

    Bang for the buck

    If you are not a Vermonter, you'll be paying borderline outrageous tuition, but financial aid is quite good, I was offered $10,000 in scholarships and grants without any separate applications.

    Am enjoying being here

    Burlington is the perfect college town. Church street is a short walk down hill (you can always catch the shuttle back up!) and acts like a smaller and more laid back version of Quincy Market in Boston. The views are amazing, both of Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains, and the general landscape of campus.

    Am learning a lot

    While general classes are usually packed lecture halls, smaller more specific classes give the opportunity for discussion and for one on one teacher instruction. Even in the large lectures, Professors make an effort to learn your name, participating a lot helps them with that, and of course your grade. Like any college, there is a great deal of work and reading to keep up with, but I find the readiness of discussion incredibly helpful in processing and remembering the work I've done.

  • 04/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Always feel very safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    Really lame honestly, not that big of a presence. But they throw good parties sometimes.

    Clubs and Activities

    LOTS of opportunities.

    Great for these types of students

    Marijuana enthusiasts, musicians, liberals. IF you are a republican, you will probably be really unhappy with the bias in teaching here

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The naked bike ride is an awesome school tradition. People get naked and run/ride around campus every last day of classes.

    Bang for the buck

    REALLY expensive school for out of staters.

    What to do for fun

    On the weekends there are always various parties going on, in dorms, at houses, club houses, or frats. Skiing and snowboarding are huge, hiking at Red Rocks, lots of clubs to join, going into Burlington is always a nice escape as well.

    Food and Dining

    You get really tired of the options, but really there are always healthy options and vegan/vegetarian stuff too. For the most part, YUM. Also there's a choice between Meal Blocks and Points...choose points!

    Dorm Life

    The RA's are really laid back for the most part and people are friendly and accepting.

    Academic Rigor

    It is certainly not unmanagable. I can only speak as an English major, I know people that major in the hard sciences have a lot more difficult work.

    Tips for prospective students

    TAKE NOTES, and go to every class. It's really important, even if you think you could take in the information on your own.

    In three sentences

    I have really enjoyed my experience thus far at UVM, as have many of the kids I know who go here. I would totally recommend UVM to those who are liberal leaning and ready for a very well rounded and diverse education experience.

  • 05/07/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Its a little pricey if you are an out-of-state student but totally worth the value for in-state students.

    Will enjoy being here

    UVM has an absolutely beautiful campus, right near Lake Champlain. Theres also always something to do in Burlington!

    Will learn a lot

    I'm going into a biomedical field of study and UVM is a great place for that. They have an extraordinary science program and have the hospital and medical library for those pursuing medical school

  • 05/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The ones that are open minded and are willing to look outside the box.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're from anywhere south of Vermont, prepare for the cold. You may think Hey, I can handle it but be wary, it is a long and very cold winter. There are buses, but you have to be outside for some time one way or another.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are in-state, you are getting a great deal. If not, well, it's quite pricey. If money is not an object for you, UVM could be a great fit. But there are probably other schools with equal qualifications and a smaller price tag.

    Am enjoying being here

    The whether is beautiful up. Winter is very long, so it's great if you like being out in the snow. Burlington is a great college town, there is always something to do, and is right off of lake Champlain.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are very good, especially the humanitarian/philosophy type classes. Class sizes vary, so if you like your classes small you have that option or rather it huge, plenty of those too.

  • 06/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UVM is wonderful for students who care about others, who have an interest in our impact on the world, who are interested in the outdoors, who have laid back personalities, who are independent and who have confidence. There are many opportunities available at UVM and it is up to you to find them!

    Tips for prospective students

    For any student going anywhere I would recommend to get involved on campus. Especially at UVM campus involvement is a huge part of your time here. There are so many clubs for a vast variety of interests. Joining a campus organizations allows one to meet peers who have common interests, to make friends outside of their building or major. Upperclassmen from these organization can serve as mentors and sources on inspiration. In addition many organization offer leadership roles which can help in gaining self confidence, furthering ones leadership techniques, and offer the ability to make a difference. Many clubs also offer community service involvement and opportunities to reach out to both the Burlington and UVM community. Each club has so many commitments and activities that they can sometimes be overwhelming, yet, they are also instilling the importance of organization. It is so important to be organized and if one learns how to prioritize while in college it will make things so much easier later in life. Having organization in ones clubs and learning to be passionate will transfer over to better study habits and maintaing a high energy about different subject matters.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student UVM is extremely expensive, even for in state students it can be quite pricy. However, UVM does have an amazing and beautiful campus with many recently renovated buildings that have the most current technology. Our on-campus living is fairly decent and the cafeterias serve delicious food. There are many perks of being a UVM student such as free access to the CCTA buses, free gym membership and so on.

    Am enjoying being here

    Who knows if Burlington is actually a city or if its a town but either way it is still a great place to be. There is so much going on here, from the music scene, to the art scene, to the outdoors and to the slopes. No matter ones personality there is always a group of students they will find a common interest. Burlington makes a huge effort to be eco-friendly and that is obvious both downtown and at UVM. City Market (a grocery store) is a great place to find wholesome foods that are both organic and local. Places such as Muddy Waters and Uncommon Ground are terrific coffee joints where one can study while enjoying a delicious ginger beet smoothie or a plate of hummus and veggies. The UVM campus is amazing. The beautiful flowers and green lawns are evident throughout the year, unless of course the snow is covering them up! The Outing Club at UVM offers great opportunities to get off campus and explore Vermont. For those out of staters this is a wonderful chance to go hiking or canoeing at an affordable price. Programs offered by the club allow students to further their interest in the outdoors and to learn better leadership skills. As I mentioned earlier the professors are really down to earth and approachable, the students also have a laid back attitude and it is extremely easy to make a multitude of close friends.

    Am learning a lot

    As an Education major I have found that the majority of my professors seem to take an interest in my individual learning. Even in a large class of 100+ students they will make an effort to know everybody's names. Due to this commitment from the professors you begin to have more of a connection to them and a desire to learn. I have found all of my professors to be incredible insightful and to have unique ways of teaching material. They are able to relate all the information to how it will effect you later in life and they detail situations where the learning will be useful.

  • 06/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy types Environment enthusiasts Snow boarders/ skiiers People who enjoy community service Want the oppurtunites of a big school with a small feel. and those who like a balance of partying and academics ( not one of the other).

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in clubs and put yourself out there. College is what you make of it so sitting in your room hoping to make friends won't do it and people here are friendly and would love to talk to you just say hi! If you are on a co ed floor, try to avoid getting involved with people on your floor it causes unnecessary drama and often splits the once happy family. Living in the dorms, keep your door open so you can meet the people you live with, don't be surprised when people pop in at all hours of the night and day just to talk.

    Bang for the buck

    If you can get financial aid or scholarships, it's worth it but at 45,000 a year out of state is a bit hefty for boring classes with teachers who for from other countries and hard to understand. If you can afford the money once you are there every thing is included in tuition including laundry and city buses. The price seems expensive at first but its as much of a deal as possible by allowing 100 wash and dries a semester and unlimited city buses and movie and game rentals, etc.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere is awesome and the people are even better. Most people are accepting and friendly and down to earth. UVM attracts a certain type of person (outdoorsy, environmentally friendly, and fun loving) but those people are exactly what makes UVM a good time and awesome place to go to school.

    Am learning a lot

    There are classes for almost anything you ever wanted to learn from the history of cheese to art history to beer making to wildlife animal care. You name it and there is probably a class for it. The one downfall is in most of the classes are lecture based being most of the learning is done by yourself straight from the book (normally cramming right before finals) but if you are the type of person to buckle down and teach yourself, you will learn a lot here.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -Environmentalists, green enthusiasts -Interest in social justice -Awesome people!

    Tips for prospective students

    VISIT!!!

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, it's really expensive... but there's a ton of financial aid available and everything on campus makes it totally worth it.

    Will enjoy being here

    Burlington is an awesome city! I live near Boston, and it reminds me of a scaled-down version of Boston - plus a lot safer and cleaner.

    Will learn a lot

    I think what stands out about UVM is that there are so many different places you can learn. The classroom, of course, is where you will learn academic subjects; however, I'm also looking forward to learning about other places from my classmates, learning about organic food from the dining halls, learning about causes and social justice from clubs, and so much more.

  • 03/31/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 18 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There isn't a lot of crime on campus from what I could tell but there was some. There wasn't ever any rapes during my time there but there was theft and the groper who would wear a hoodie and grope woman and run away at obscure times during the night.

    Greek Life

    Lame! don't join or go to their parties. Too many bad incidents occur at the parties, girls get roofied sometimes and taken advantage of (just in one year, I heard of about 8 different cases). Some have been actually been getting shut down for hazing, under aged consumption of alcohol, and other incidents

    Clubs and Activities

    They aren't very prevalent on campus, it's such a shame that they aren't as active as they should be.

    Great for these types of students

    people who ski or snowboard. wanna-be hippies, hipsters, stoners, partiers, white upper middle class kids from NJ, NY, MA, and CT. artsy kids. bros and biddies. science majors. people who want to make a difference *disclaimer: who usually don't do anything...* --> the students are diverse but are pretty much the same privileged kids you've already met in high school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    naked bike ride! at the end of each semester, students frolic around a designated zone naked. Most students get extremely smashed to do this and end up falling or getting hurt, but be smart. The spring one is usually a lot warmer because in the winter, it's been in the negatives when they were hosting the naked bike ride.

    Bang for the buck

    So expensive and overpriced, in-state and out of state are both too much for what you get! A major reason I had to transfer was because I just could not afford it anymore because they were increasing tuition by an intense amount and cutting a lot of grants awarded (I mean they still have loans but many accumulate by interest)

    What to do for fun

    Party, drink, and smoke a lot. There are also concerts and theaters that are constantly playing something so attend those options! I would suggest getting involved on campus for your first two required years you must live on campus. Most students leave campus weekends to snowboard/ski so you better get into mountain life.

    Food and Dining

    It isn't that good at all. For being in Vermont, they don't really have many sustainable options and aren't as vegan friendly as they should. Unlimited dining is really bad so go with the points choice. Simpson is the best unlimited and very new aged. Attend the weekly Slade potlucks because they are awesome and you meet so many awesome people!

    Dorm Life

    The rules are relaxed for the most part but if you get caught drinking or with drugs, it is a complicated process you have to go through so be smart. I would suggest living on Redstone because it the dorms are spacious and the dorm-life here is probably the best and most open. Slade is the live-in co-op and is really awesome so try and apply to live here.

    Academic Rigor

    Some majors are harder than others. if it is science or math related, it is pretty hard but most other majors aren't too bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    you have to make an effort to fit in and do well. Nothing falls to place on its own here. Also, I would try and get involved on campus as much as you can! not as many students are active members of the community as they should be. bring warm clothing because it gets very chilly. Also, if you want true diversity, do not come here. The same kids apply and get in, even with the semi-variation, the student body is still a little too similar, and if you don't fit the mold, you are a little bit alienated. UVM is a little too similar to the high school vibe, so take that into consideration because it can be a little too cliquey and a lot of drama occurs in many groups of friends, so be cautious who you make friends with (hence why it is cliquey, the drama).

    In three sentences

    This school is a nice school but not for everyone because it has many unappealing aspects that don't fit some people's preferences. It is a semi-large university in a great 'city' but is really expensive. The students can be a little close minded if you don't share the same mindset of them and like to party a little too much. It's a nice education but a little too hyped because you can get the same education for a fraction of the price else-where.

  • 08/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Perfect for students that are unique and just like to do activities outdoors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join everything and try it out. Get involved and meet people. And remember what you want to do while there.

    Bang for the buck

    UVM is getting more expensive and although I learned a lot, its really difficult to afford 4 years and then medical school.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love everything. The people are nice, the teachers are amazing, and there are a lot of things to learn. I only dislike the cold.

    Am learning a lot

    John Sharp's Chemistry 032 class was challenging, but has taught me so much that I will take to medical school. I also took a lot from Stratton's biology course and Math 019. I also learned a lot in NFS 046.

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People interested in Animal Science, Nutrition, Medical and Civil Engineering, as well as people who like the hippy, liberal scene, like to party and like to chill.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you decide to go to UVM, make sure you check sites like Rate My Professor before signing up for classes, and DON'T buy textbooks from the bookstore if you can help it.

    Bang for the buck

    As much as I love UVM, it is WAY too expensive. I've only been there for a semester and I'm already trying to figure out how I'll be able to stay there next year.

    Am enjoying being here

    The college environment is fantastic, as is Burlington itself. Both the school and town have great people living in it that make being there fantastic.

    Am learning a lot

    Most of the teachers are really knowledgeable and helpful. They want their students to learn everything that they need to know and they want their students to pass.

  • 01/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The UVM campus is very safe. There are blue light posts all around campus and are visible wherever you go. They are available so you can alert campus security if you need to. Walking around campus at night as a girl, I have never felt unsafe or threatened. There are the random hobos that hang around the library sometimes but they are completely harmless. Ra's and supervisors always tell you to walk at night with a buddy so if you stick to that rule you should feel safe.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is definitely a part of UVM however it doesn't have to be if you choose so. The sororities and frats aren't a huge presence on campus however the frats are known to have a party every weekend. They don't however host every party available since there are plenty of other houses off campus so they don't necessarily own the social scene off campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs and activities to join. If you can think of one it probably exists, or you can create one yourself! There's the outdoor club which sponsors many different outings, the ski and snowboard club which offers great discounts on student ski passes, and other random clubs and intramurals like the salsa and swing society and WRUV the UVM radio station.

    Great for these types of students

    UVM is a great place for laid back, chill people. There are many types of people here, hippies, hipsters, skaters, ski bums, sorority girls, frat boys, science nerds, activists, environmentalists and everything in between. The great thing about UVM is that no matter what type of person you are, everybody there is open-minded and it is easy to be yourself. However, while you're there you might see yourself turning into one of these stereotypes because, well you're at UVM. It's hard to leave here without picking up at least some of these attributes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One unusual UVM tradition is the Naked Bike Ride. After the last day of classes every semester, students come out onto the green at midnight to let loose and run around naked (on a course of course ;) before they have to buckle down and study for finals. It is a very unique and wonderful tradition that has been held down by the students for the students every year, whether the administration funds or supports it or whatnot. It is one of the things that makes UVM such an amazing and unique place, it definitely helps define us whether we all like it or not.

    Bang for the buck

    UVM is very expensive for a state school especially and they like to charge alot for very menial things like parking tickets. However, the quality of the education is still very good and the campus itself is very beautiful and useful. There is a hospital on campus and many of the buildings are LEED certified which means that they are very environmentally friendly. The school is also in the great location of Burlington, VT which is hard to beat.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do for fun on and off campus. On campus there are always events planned by the school like free movie nights and dances and raves or whatnot however those are mostly for underclassmen. Off-campus there are house parties, frat parties, bars and clubs, and plenty of music venues to go to. The shopping around town is great, especially church street, and the waterfront is great to spend time on too. There are always sports games to go to especially basketball and ice hockey. There are also plenty of intramurals and club sports to join like broomball and soccer to name a few and the gym, ice rink, and track is open for all students. There are also many yoga and fitness classes that you can join for a small fee.

    Food and Dining

    There are 2 types of meal plans: points and unlimited. Point plans have a wider variety of places to eat however you run the chance of running out of meal points by the end of the semester. The unlimited meal plan lets you eat at only unlimited dining halls where you only have to swipe to get in and can stay and eat as much as you want. However, unlimited food gets old fast and is not as good as the food that the points plan offers. There are many dining halls (at least 7 I'd say) so there are a lot of options all over campus, some larger and some smaller.

    Dorm Life

    There are many different dorms and multiple campuses that are available. As a freshman you do not get to choose your dorm. There are certain dorms that are mostly underclassmen however they aren't strictly for them. Some dorms are the typical shoebox (small) freshman dorms and some are more unique and roomier. It is all up to chance basically, however the majority of students move off-campus junior year. There are also specialized living and learning dorms that you can apply into like the greenhouse or potter co-op or daycare co-op just to name a few.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging and many freshman classes are large lecture classes in which you are expected to do your work on your own. Of course the Professor's and TA's are there to help you and the classes do get smaller as you go further into your major. Most of the coursework is up on Blackboard so you are expected you check it frequently especially since your professors don't always tell you everything in class. Many classes, especially science classes, have lab periods once a week that lets you do hands on work related to the material which is cool.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that the school has the kinds of majors you are interested in and check out the campus and the surrounding city of Burlington before making your decision. Also keep in mind that although Burlington is absolutely beautiful in the summer, it gets cold fast and you have to be able to enjoy, or at least endure, the cold weather! Taking up a winter sport definitely helps with that.

    In three sentences

    The classes at the University of Vermont are challenging but very involving at the same time. Professors, faculty, and students alike are very friendly and open-minded to others. In general, I would say that the majority of students there are happy with their decision and enjoy their time in Burlington.

  • 01/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe!

    Greek Life

    Very small but controls most of the parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    Ski club is the most popular and most sports are club sports.

    Great for these types of students

    Hippie things are abundant!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    People really like to steal construction signs.

    Bang for the buck

    Not even worth the cost!

    What to do for fun

    People party or go down by the lake when it is warm out.

    Food and Dining

    Food is terrible except in Simpson Dining Hall.

    Dorm Life

    You get to know people pretty well but people are not out going like in the Midwest.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are a bit harder than they seem but very manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are really willing to live in a small town far from any large town (Montreal is 1.5 hrs away but impossible to get to). If you are out of state, don't even apply! They give bad scholarship and it is over priced.

    In three sentences

    Not a great place to go unless you like small towns and folksy people. Most of the classes are far away from the dorms (15-20 mins to walk to classes) and the food isn't very good. Everything is also highly over priced.

  • 01/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    some of the buildings don't have the greatest security. anyone could really walk in with a crowd or be let in. the school handles incidents very carefully though.

    Greek Life

    it's not a big deal here, but people do it.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are a lot of great clubs for just about everything.

    Great for these types of students

    hippies, stoners, skiers, snowboarders, agricultural families, environmental students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    one unusual tradition is the naked bike ride. on the last day of classes each semester, at midnight, students bike/run/scooter/walk/skip on a pre-determined route...naked. it's good for a laugh.

    Bang for the buck

    one of the most expensive public schools. if you're leaning towards the private school feel, just go to a private school. it would be worth the extra money.

    What to do for fun

    there's a lot of fun things to do. burlington is a great town. there is a huge emphasis on outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and just being outside.

    Food and Dining

    for a college so large, they have very few options. on the weekends it is even worse. good luck eating healthy here unless you love salad for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. there are sometimes good choices, but a lot of dining halls close early.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life is very difficult. there is no flexibility and they match roommates poorly. i've had an especially difficult time living in the dorms. they are not the cleanest and students tend to be disrespectful. no wonder no one wants to stay on campus after sophomore year. there are very little consequences for those who get in trouble in the dorms which can be annoying if someone is constantly bothering everyone else.

    Academic Rigor

    it depends on what you're looking for. this school is so big and relatively easy to get into that there are a wide range of students, from the slacker pothead hippie to the driven, almost obsessive, over-achiever.

    Tips for prospective students

    focus on your studies and work hard. make sure to build a relationship with the teachers for recommendations and extra help, but they probably won't come to you. you need to initiate. college is what you make of it, no matter where you are.

    In three sentences

    university of vermont is not very diverse. there are great teachers and learning opportunities, but the social environment is a little rough. if your emphasis is on a diverse, cultural social experience, don't come here.

  • 02/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe campus, well lit with a lot of emergency blue light stations. we have our own campus police too, so make sure you have their number in your phone just in case.

    Greek Life

    most students aren't in a fraternity or sorority. fraternities in particular have been getting shut down for hazing and underage drinking.

    Clubs and Activities

    too many to list. there's something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    the type who likes to party but is also motivated to work hard and succeed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the naked bike ride on the last day of classes each semester!

    Bang for the buck

    especially good if you're an in-state student.

    What to do for fun

    see concerts downtown at nectar's, metronome, and memorial auditorium, enjoy a huge variety of delicious beer at the pubs (once you're 21), and spend time in the summer at the beaches and parks.

    Food and Dining

    for college food, it's really good.

    Tips for prospective students

    look into the living and learning program to get good housing.

    In three sentences

    it's in a wonderful place to live. courses are rigorous but not overwhelming as long as you keep up. most of the professors want students to succeed and are very helpful.

  • 02/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i almost always feel safe on campus. there are those safety blue lights all around campus, and everything is generally well lit up at night. walk home with a friend when it's dark out, but you don't need to be paranoid about something terrible happen--just be smart. if at any time you don't feel comfortable, you can always call police services and they'll help you or even just give you a ride back to your room (we're given the number at the beginning of the year, so put it in your phone).

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a club for absolutely every interest or hobby that you can think of. if there isn't already a club for what you want, you can gather a few friends and start it on your own.

    Great for these types of students

    it's not just for hippies and/or druggies. there are collections of every type of student. if you are preppy, you will find your crowd. if you're a true vermonter, you definitely have a place here. we're known for skiers and snowboarders, but really, there are plenty of us who don't do either, and don't even like the snow, and we get by just fine.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the naked bike ride is certainly a unique tradition. it happens right around exam time in the fall and in the spring, and it's exactly what it sounds like. late at night, a huge portion of the uvm student population gets naked (and often covered in body paint and glitter) and runs or bikes around a central location of campus for a couple hours. it's kind of a big deal.

    Bang for the buck

    very very expensive school, especially if you are from out of state. however, there are hundreds of scholarships out there to help you, and either way, it really is a great school.

    What to do for fun

    there are so many things you can do in burlington, you should never be bored. it can be a little bit annoying as a first year student because you're not allowed a car, but you can always make friends with upperclassmen or take the free shuttle that goes all around nearby towns. personally, i love walking down to church st--you can go to the mall, people watch, or stop into any of the little stores or restaurants that line the beautiful little street. you can also easily bus to the university mall or to williston where you will find more shopping and dining options, as well as wal-mart, which is always a good thing. there are a number of campus-sponsored activities and every week the uvm program bored sends out an e-mail with all sorts of events going on both on and off campus for that week. i've been to a salsa social, a comedy show, concerts, a movie screening, barbecues, and much more--if you want to have fun, burlington is a great place to be.

    Food and Dining

    if you have unlimited, there are three main dining halls you can eat at: cook, harris millis (the grundle), and simpson. the first two have decent food typical of most college campuses, but they are nothing special. however, the simpson dining hall has that plus a whole extra side where you can order a delicious meal off a touch screen menu. the other meal plan option is to have points, which are more like a debit card with a declining balance. with points you have a lot more options of where you can go and somewhat healthier choices, but it means that you really have to pay attention to what you spend each week so you don't run out of points and have to make your own food for the last weeks of the semester.

    Dorm Life

    it's college. dorm life is what you make it. i live in a bit of a rowdy dorm building with neighbors who play loud music until 1am or later every night of the week, but it doesn't bother me too much and if we ask them to quiet down, they would. the campus is so spread out that people tend to stay on their campus most of the time, but certain places are known to be the party places, and others are always going to be quiet. redstone is really nice, but it's far away from everything else besides the gym. if you live on central campus you're going to have one of those tiny rooms that they show you during tours, but most of the other rooms on campus are not that small. the closer you are to classes and central campus, the smaller your room will be. if you live out a bit, you will have a nicer room, and you will probably want to take the bus to class when it's cold out.

    Academic Rigor

    this really depends on what types of classes you are taking. lectures usually only have assigned readings for homework, and some professors use iclickers to make sure you did it, but some don't check at all. science and math classes are always hard. there's a lot of work and challenging exams, but they're not completely unmanageable. at the same time, there are a lot of small, personal classes where you can get to know your professor and your classmates, which makes it a lot easier to stay interested and to do well in any of your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you go on a couple tours before you make up your mind that you want to go here, but don't let be the only deciding factor. it took me until my admitted student day before i was really sure this was the school for me, and i am very happy here now. if you do end up going here, introduce yourself to any professors of big lectures after one of the first classes; they will have a face to put to your name, and it can work in your favor later on. lastly, talk to the people in your building and in your classes--get out there and you will make plenty of friends and have a great time.

    In three sentences

    uvm is a great college with a lot of options and plenty of things to do. the campus is spread out, but it's still small enough that you can recognize people and make friends. i love this school

  • 02/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i'm a female and i walk home alone at night relatively frequently. i've never honestly felt unsafe, although there have been incidences reported of theft or women being groped at night by strangers. as long as one uses common sense there is generally no need to be afraid.

    Greek Life

    there was a huge scandal earlier this year regarding one fraternity that sent out a disgustingly inappropriate survey which jokingly discussed rape. it was a huge disappointment, and i have not affiliated myself with any members of any greek life. i'm sure there are benefits but i steer clear just to be safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    i know a lot of people who are in clubs for all different sorts of things, we even have a quidditch team. the options are literally limitless, i just started yoga this semester and i love it.

    Great for these types of students

    literally everyone, uvm is one of the most accepting and diverse places i've ever been. you can be into anything, and there will be tons of opportunities to get to know people with the same interests. anyone who is sick of cliques should come to uvm.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a fire escape attached to a library that students like to go sit on to watch the sunset, its really beautiful.

    Bang for the buck

    uvm is extremely expensive, i wouldn't be able to afford coming here without huge amounts of financial aid. however, i wouldn't be happier anywhere else.

    What to do for fun

    there is always something to do either on campus or in town. skiing/snowboarding are big, there are also sporting events like hockey games, there are all sorts of fitness classes, movies, dances. whatever you're interested in doing, you will find it here.

    Food and Dining

    there are a lot of choices, but the food is just sodexo, nothing too fancy. get points not unlimited!

    Dorm Life

    the dorms take some getting used to, but if you make it cozy and inviting it will feel like a home away from home.

    Academic Rigor

    uvm is very challenging, but it is entirely worth it because you are learning about things you are passionate about. most topics can somehow relate back to what is currently wrong with the world or society and how our generation can fix it.

    Tips for prospective students

    be open to trying new things, and don't be intimidated. just do whatever makes you happy!

    In three sentences

    the people here are so nice and welcoming. the town is beautiful. the university of vermont has a place for everyone to fit in and feel at home.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus police are vermont state troopers

    Clubs and Activities

    outing club; ski/snowboard club; too many clubs to mention@!

    Great for these types of students

    everyone who is willing to actually work hard and not try to bluff their way through college

    Bang for the buck

    i would not want to go to school anywhere else.

    What to do for fun

    play a sport (many club, intramural and varsity options). join a club - everythinh from outdoors stuff to singing/performing plays to community service.

    Food and Dining

    plenty of choises and places to go...bit it's not home cooking!

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is dependent on where your dorm is and who is there with you. better to be on an upper floor (except when moving in/out!) as this will minimize noise from outside and running down halls.

    Academic Rigor

    courses are challenging...most professors are available to help if you are having difficulty.

    Tips for prospective students

    bring rain boots...lots of mud in the fall and spring. also invest in a down coat/parka w a hood...wicked cold in the winter!

    In three sentences

    this is a great university! plenty of academic offerings and a georgeous campus

  • 03/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are blue lights everywhere, and a few phone numbers for students to call if ever they feel unsafe walking alone on campus.

    Greek Life

    greek life is a part of the uvm culture. there is a variety of fraternities and sororities for students to choose from. rushing occurs at the beginning of each semester, and involves several fun activities for those willing to pledge! it is a great way for the less social student to get to know his or her community in a very unique way.

    Great for these types of students

    - earthy-crunchy - social and outgoing - into sports - into the outdoors/environment - science related majors - arts majors - snow lovers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the naked bike ride really does happen! it ends both semesters. also, you'll get 4/20 off... uvm likes to call it honors day.

    What to do for fun

    the downtown area is fantastic, especially on the weekends. there are several restaurants in and around the town of burlington. transportation is always available. there are buses running to and from the city on weekdays and weekends. on-campus clubs and activities are always looking for new members. sports games are big for students at uvm as well. there is a little something for everyone here.

    Tips for prospective students

    come visit! make sure to ask questions. look into your department and make a point to speak with your prospective professors. get in touch with alumni! get to know burlington. remember that a college is more than academics -- if you don't feel right here, chances are, you will not do well here.

    In three sentences

    the university of vermont is an exciting, comfortable, and interesting place to attend school. you are sure to find a good sense of diversity, along with a strong program for any science/liberal arts-based major. while it is somewhat of a party school, not all students participate in that domain; studying comes first with most uvm students!

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    i have no experience to speak of.

    Food and Dining

    i have no experience to speak of.

    Dorm Life

    i have no experience to speak of.

    Academic Rigor

    i have no experience to speak of.

    Tips for prospective students

    i have no experience to speak of.

    In three sentences

    the university of vermont appears to be an excellent choice for obtaining an advanced degree in any technology field. the faculty were very helpful and informative. i believe i will gain much knowledge and personal growth by studying at the university of vermont.

  • 03/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Downtown Burlington is just a couple minutes away by walking. There are many shops to choose from. The water front and beach is also a great place to hang out in the fall and spring. There are many concerts and shows to attend all throughout the school year. There are also on campus activities which are often free and fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are both the dining halls and other cafes to eat on campus. The dining hall food is pretty basic, but when using points, a wide selection of food can be purchased.

    Dorm Life

    There are many options for dorm living on campus. There are 4 different campus locations that all have something unique to offer.

    Academic Rigor

    The amount of effort you place in your work is really what effects how good your grades are going to be. UVM classes offer a huge selection of interesting and cool topics for fun. Besides the basic required classes there are opportunities to try something new or learn about a topic that is completely unique.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a smaller college which a lot of activity and life in the students, UVM is a great place to go.

    In three sentences

    UVM is a great place to earn a good education and have a lot of fun at the same time. It offers a lot of different activities for students and has a wide variety of opportunities. UVM is also located in the great city of Burlington, which has beautiful scenery and a wonderful downtown.

  • 04/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Its vermont... If someone gets stabbed in Burlington(our biggest city) its huge news.

    Greek Life

    Pretty absent. definitely not a big thing on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    outing club is great!

    Great for these types of students

    Pot heads, environmentalists, hippies, hipsters, outdoorsy, and everyone really.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Simpson dining hall, or Brennans the best hangout/places to eat.

    Bang for the buck

    I am from instate. so its definitely worth it. For out of state I might've chosen somewhere else.

    What to do for fun

    Join the outing club and take advantage of all the natural beauties of Vermont.

    Food and Dining

    For a public university of over 12,000 students the food is suprisngly really good.

    Dorm Life

    The smaller the rooms the more fun they are. The new uhieghts buildings are fun but are not as much fun(partying wise).

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are harder than I thought, but still good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a lot of clubs and get involved in the community. Bring warm clothes!

    In three sentences

    I would give UVM a 8 out of 10. University of Vermont is a great school with a great college town. Just be prepared for the cold winters

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have the blue light system as do most campuses and from my own experience, I have found it to be very safe.

    Greek Life

    I don't have experience with this aspect of UVM.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you could think of... and if it's not there, you're encouraged to start a club of your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Excited about being in Vermont, outdoorsy and/or earthy or simply appreciates the environment, laid back and ready to be comfortable with themselves as a college student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The naked bike ride. It is very much what it sounds like and it happens the evening of the last day of classes every semester for anyone that wishes to participate.

    Bang for the buck

    I try very hard to take advantage of everything UVM has to offer but it is difficult because there is so much available for students. They have an exceptional athletic facility with a pool, ice rink, gym, and more. They have events every week and several programs funded by the university. They also have tutoring, counseling and career help among other opportunities that are in place for students to utilize as they please.

    What to do for fun

    Far too many options to choose from. Students always love to visit downtown Burlington, which is just a short walk down the hill. Lake Champlain is also at the bottom of the hill and when the weather is nice, spending time by the lake or in the lake are usually some of my favorite places. There are always events on campus as well that are emailed to students weekly from contra dances to pub quizzes to movie screenings.

    Food and Dining

    Again, it depends on where you decide to eat. The dining halls have lots of options and tasty food but if you would like a higher quality meal in a place that feels more like a restaurant, try Brennan's in the student center. Other options are also available depending on your preference at mealtime.

    Dorm Life

    This also depends very much on where you live. I lived in the Living/Learning building for two years, which is programmed housing that allows students to live in small suites. If students are looking for a generally less lively building to live in with more intentional students, I suggest applying to one of these many programmed housing opportunities.

    Academic Rigor

    I have found that this depends on the instructor and the course itself. While many courses can be very challenging, I think students are generally able to handle them if they attend classes and put the work in.

    Tips for prospective students

    I struggled in the beginning with trying to find the people and places that I felt like I belonged to. There was just so much to choose from! I suggest trying to discover what you are truly interested in and exploring every opportunity UVM has from the beginning. That will allow you to find those areas of campus that you are happy being a part of. There are so many ways to be involved but the struggle can often be finding the best place for yourself.

    In three sentences

    I would rate the University of Vermont very highly for anyone who would like a unique experience in Burlington, Vermont. I have been happy spending time in the town and being at a school that is both small enough to feel like you know the majority of students but also large enough that you can walk to class with the opportunity to meet many new people on the way. I have been pleased with the many opportunities available to me in my past three years at UVM.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for people who don't want an urban setting, enjoy nature, eco-friendly etc.

    Bang for the buck

    It's certainly not the cheapest school for out-of-staters, but it's worth consideration!

    What to do for fun

    If you like outdoor activities, Lake Champlain offers many fun times, from swimming, boating, bike paths and more. Burlington also has many great restaurants and bars downtown.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of local healthy food options in the many cafes on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms located on or very near campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are of extremely high standard.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your looking for amazing academics in a really scenic and beautiful place, look no further. UVM is a fun place to be, very eco-friendly and forward thinking!

    In three sentences

    University of Vermont is a small, yet great school, with many amazing programs and opportunities available. Based in a beautiful city, Burlington, your minutes from Lake Champlain; it's truly and amazing place to live. The students and faculty here are all very accepting and laid back.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have friends (who are girls) that walk home alone at 12, or 1 in the morning across campus and hardly have any trouble or feel unsafe. I also don't feel unsafe on campus at all hours of the day (I am also female).

    Greek Life

    Greek life is dwindling quite slowly (or so i've heard). But as of yet, the number of students who participate in greek life is just right. Not too many to make you feel pressure, and not small enough so those who are part of greek life feel pressure.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many Many Many to choose from!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who can work during the weak and party on the weekends, since it's a party school. Also, it's great for students who can work with a lot of noise, or who don't mind walking a lot to get to the library. In general, it's good for students who don't mind walking/biking a lot and generally being proactive in transportation ways.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The President's tried to get rid of the naked bike ride, but that clearly didn't work too well and has become even better and more well attended since. UVM has also recently started an annual humans vs zombies game that's campus wide.

    Bang for the buck

    UVM is pretty expensive, especially if you're from out of state. It think for out of staters, since it costs almost as much as some private schools it's doesn't score too greatly in this category.

    What to do for fun

    There are far too many club sports, organizations, clubs, and groups to be involved in and count. There's something for you.

    Food and Dining

    UVM is serviced by sudexo, a common college food distributor. Food in most dinning halls gets boring quickly. The dinning hall on Simpson is by far the best, but if you have points or cash, eating at Brennan's in the davis center is by far the best choice, it's just too expensive to eat there all the time. There are plenty of options for you no matter what plan you have.

    Dorm Life

    UVM offers many different dorms. There's substance free housing and regular college dorms. Converse on central campus is a 'regular' dorm, but the students who live there get to live in a castle. UVM also has a living/learning dorms in which students join a program and spend time with other students who are interested in the same program topic.

    Academic Rigor

    The challenge of the academics varies. Most classes are quite difficult, others are easy but only grade based on exams, which makes them difficult, and other classes are easy. A lot of the difficulty of the class depends on your previous school years and your teacher.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's vermont, so you have to be willing to put effort into having fun in the winter.

    In three sentences

    UVM presents many different opportunities to students in all fields. Most programs are well developed and offer many courses and different teachers of those fields. It is a party school, but the number of clubs, organizations, sports, and programs around campus can keep one very busy in other activities as well.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    one of few campuses that the police carry guns

    Greek Life

    In my opinion, it isn't that big here

    Clubs and Activities

    there is always something to do

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ben and Jerry's ice cream factory

    Bang for the buck

    no taxes on clothing

    What to do for fun

    If you are big on skiing or snowboarding, this is the place for you

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet with teachers and advisors in a major you are interested in.

    In three sentences

    Teachers and faculty members are really kind and care how you do. Classes are challenging but fun. I really enjoy the location.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Burlington is a relatively safe place, but things sometimes do happen. There is no real policy on guests or who you can swipe into your building, so you can have that random friend of a friend's friend wandering around your building. Also, last year we had homeless people sneaking into our building during the coldest parts of winter, and sometimes stealing laundry. Its always best to walk in groups on the weekends. UVM has a weekend off-campus bus for students only that makes a big loop hitting all parts of campus and the major spots downtown This bus, which is lovingly referred to as the drunk bus, is great in the winter because it saves you a real annoying walk back up the hill from downtown. It is also a great way to make new friends.

    Greek Life

    Very minimal. Only around 10% of students participate in them. They are not the only source of parties and fun on the weekends. I successfully went out every weekend my freshman year and only found myself at a frat party once. If Greek life isn't your thing, then do not worry at all because it wasn't mine either, and I have very few interactions. The lack of Greek Life dominating the social scene was one draw for me to UVM, and for many other people I've heard.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a bunch of intramural and club sports teams people can join. Broomball is popular, so is soccer, dodgeball, basketball, and flag-football. The club teams can get pretty competitive, with tryouts and full schedules of games. They are a good outlet for athletes who don't want to play NCAA Division 1, but still want to keep up their skills. The Outing Club is very popular, which provides for low-cost outdoors trips all year. They also rent gear for those who want to do it on their own. The Ski and Snowboard Club is the biggest on campus. It gives members access to discounted passes to the mountains, free swag, access to cheap trips each year, ranging from Jackson Hole to the Alps, and tons of shop nights where gear is discounted a lot. People here take their winter sports seriously, and this club is perfect for that.

    Great for these types of students

    UVM honestly has something for everyone, except maybe people who come expecting to be in a huge frat with wild parties like they see in the movies. Not to say UVM doesn't party, we're consistently up in the top 20 on party school lists, but the people are real here. UVM is a very real place where you'll make very real, meaningful connections with other students. There is something for everybody pretty much. Academically, there are great Med, Business, Psychology, History, Political Science, and Economics departments, just to name a few. The only complaints I've heard are about their art department, from a friend of mine who is majoring in Art.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most participated in, and possibly the strangest, tradition is the Naked Bike Ride. At midnight after the last day of classes (always a Wednesday) each semester, tons of students get naked (yes, all the way) and either run (most run), bike, scooter, roller blade, rickshaw, moonwalk, pogo, skateboard, or skip their away around campus in a celebration of the end of classes. Its kind of one last dance before finals, which start the following Friday (everyone has Thursday to... recover and get into study-mode). The NBR used to be sponsored by the school, it was my freshman year, which included police and EMS on sight (it can get cold in December!), and barriers to separate the runners from the observers (yes people watch). The school decided not to sponsor it, because it ran them around $30,000. They now try to discourage people from doing it, but it is so ingrained in the student body that every semester since they cancelled it, people have still been getting naked and doing their thing.

    Bang for the buck

    Now I put one star because what UVM the institution offers for it's price, it's not worth it at all. The surrounding area of Burlington and the scenery, however, make it all worth it. The town is awesome, and the school has some amazing views of the Adirondack Mountains in New York over Lake Champlain to the west, and to the east the snow-capped Green Mountains. It is at moments when I'm looking at these views I realize why its all worth it here. Its the kind of place your parents and friends will love to come visit, and many people end up living here for at least one summer, if not for a year or two after graduation.

    What to do for fun

    Burlington is situated in an awesome spot. An hour plus drive to Montreal, 20 minutes from the slopes and mountains, and right on an amazing lake. There is great hiking and backpacking, along with rock/ice climbing, kayaking, cliff jumping, and pretty much any other activity for outdoor junkies you can think of. If the outdoors aren't your thing all the time, downtown Burlington is the bees knees! There are dozens of bars, restaurants, hole-in-the-wall spots, and shops. They have a cool multi-block pedestrian walkway on Church St., with street performers and vendors, musicians, TONS of dogs, and always filled with really nice people. The weekends are always a good time. If partying is your scene, there are tons of cool bars for the 21+ crowd, fake ID's usually don't last long in Burlington. For everyone else, there are always house parties going on. The cool thing about parties at UVM is that they aren't just the Top 40 on repeat at every house. You're way more likely to find yourself at a relaxed beach-themed funk music party or a dubstep music rave-style party... and everything in between. There is a dope music scene too, a lot of the bars and coffee shops love to sponsor local musicians. Higher Ground is the big concert venue and they always have a good show playing.

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus ranges widely from decent to awesome, it all depends where you choose to eat. There is a points system, that uses food points in a declining balance accepted at over a dozen spots on campus, and an unlimited system, that gives you unlimited swipes into any of the three all-you-care-to-eat places. The better quality food is the points, hands down. None of the food on campus is bad, but there is definitely a pecking order. One of the unlimited places has this cool FOD (Food on Demand) system where for lunch and dinner you can order from a touch-screen and you get a pager, and they'll buzz you when your food is ready. Its all made-to-order, which is nice, and usually way better than the other food they have at unlimited. There are also two local vendors in the student center that take points: New World Tortilla, which serves burritos and wraps, and Ben & Jerry's, the greatest ice cream in the world! (I may be biased since I work there, but it is darn good regardless). No matter what your tastes, there is something for you (especially vegans, there are a lot of vegan options!)

    Dorm Life

    I've had the luck to have the smallest rooms on campus my freshman year, and moved to the biggest room my sophomore year. There is an RA per floor, so things don't usually get too out of hand on weeknights. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights are another story. They can range from quiet (usually when everyone went too hard the night before) to raging. No issues with bugs or mice or anything of that nature.

    Academic Rigor

    You get what you put in. You can, and many people do, go in as an easier major and take the minimum requirements and can find easy, large classes to skate by on. There is, however, a great collection of professors here who will give you their best and expect yours. My experience with professors has been way more positive than negative, especially within my major fields. Classes your first couple of years will generally be on the bigger side. A lot of the intro classes I've taken are around 108, and the largest class size offered is 250 in the Billings lecture hall. Once you pass the intro ones they get much better, usually 40 or fewer students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try and get your hands on a free application, there are a bunch of those floating around, usually just expressing interest via their website gives you access to the free app. There's some extra cash in your pocket. Expect to live 2 years on campus, they have a policy about spending your first 8 semesters on campus. It is completely worth the wait, because everyone their junior year usually gets an off-campus house/apartment. Believe it or not, everyone here does not smoke weed. There is that scene, but also tons of people don't. Its a very relaxed social scene here, you kind of just do what you want to do and everyone is really cool about it.

    In three sentences

    Burlington is the best! Have not met a nicer, more relaxed student body at any other school I've visited (visits to friends, college tours in high school, etc.). I absolutely love it, and everyone I know that went here has nothing but good things to say!

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    When I was on campus for admitted student day, I went to the tortilla place in the Davis center, and I loved it! I was also informed that UVM is attempting to get all their food from local farmers markets around Burlington, and attempting to obtain organic produce as well. It's very exciting.

    Dorm Life

    I have a friend who just finished the academic year at UVM, and she told me that she had so much fun meeting new people and spending time with them in the dorms. I can't wait to experience it.

    Academic Rigor

    I've heard that research opportunities are very extensive and always available for students.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Lots of police, but it's still possible to party in peace.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally too many to count. There is something for everybody, and if there isn't, you can just make one yourself.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The naked bike ride is a tradition that's been around on the UVM campus and is not likely going anywhere soon, even if the president bans funding for it. It is one of the most fun events I've ever witnessed. Every semester on the night of the last day of classes everyone gets naked, paints their bodies, parties, and runs/rides in the naked bike ride. It is awesome.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state tuition is high.

    What to do for fun

    Burlington is a really active place. People are constantly outside on bikes, running, kayaking, skiing, rock jumping, hiking, and are always in motion. But there are also little cafes down church street with a pretty nice mall. Depending on your mood, there is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    Unlimited dining halls are fine if you aren't picky, and are really hungry, and don't worry about putting on a few pounds. The marche and the single serve places are ridiculously overpriced, but you survive.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are really chill and the halls get along with one another. Even if you live in a dingy dorm, the people in the halls are something that can balance out a bum dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    As a biological studies major, I had a difficult time with some of my classes, but didn't reach out to get the help that was presented to me. It's possible to get good grades, you just have to take advantage of the textbooks, professors, free tutoring, and study materials that are made available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study more than just the week before finals, and when/if you do study the week of finals, stay away from Bailey-Howe library, it's packed and stressful. Take advantage of the great gym and the outing club!

    In three sentences

    The professors are accommodating in most cases. The classes are challenging, but fair. The community is really tight about coming together to make changes for the better, it's a neat thing to be a part of.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    For fun most people go downtown to Church Street or go down to the lake (lake Champlain). A lot of students ski/snowboard whenever possible as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food at UVM is average, nothing too good or too horrible.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a good way to meet new friends. At UVM the people living in your dorm become your best friends since most of the year is spent indoors.

    Academic Rigor

    As stated, the town of Burlington can be distracting at times when work needs to be done. Also, many of the classes are difficult because most science classes are lectures. Lecture classes can be a hard environment to learn in because of the amount of students per class, no attendance, and lack of teacher-student relationships.

    Tips for prospective students

    Burlington is an exciting town to attend college in, and can be distracting. Learn to manage work and play early on to achieve success.

    In three sentences

    UVM is a great college campus and learning environment. The professors are intelligent and helpful, and the students are very friendly. The science programs at UVM are very good as well, most professors are involved in personal studies in their fields.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who likes the outdoors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Davis Student Center is spectacular!

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive for an out-of-state student

    What to do for fun

    Burlington is a great college town, filled with shops and restaurants. Lake Champlain is beautiful, with gorgeous views of the Adirondacks on the opposite shore. There are beaches, sailing and a great bike path. The nearby mountains provide plenty of hiking and of course, skiing and snowshoeing in the winter

    Food and Dining

    There are many food choices and there is something for everyone. The Davis Center is awesome!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great way to meet and make friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring warm clothes and come prepared to enjoy Vermont's natural beauty!

    In three sentences

    UVM is a wonderful college, with great professors and a beautiful campus. Burlington is also a fun town to live in. There are so many activities available to participate in, from great shopping and restaurants, to sports on the lake.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Almost nonexistent.

    Great for these types of students

    Tree huggers.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is a complete waste of money for out-of-state students. There are so many better public state universities that are significantly less expensive and have much more to offer. I would strongly recommend that prospective students look elsewhere before considering UVM.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the freshman and sophmore science classes are weader classes where many first year students hopes of attending medical/graduate school are ruined.

    In three sentences

    If you are applying from out of state I would strongly consider other state schools. When you look at the cost of tuition and what you are actually receiving in return it's basically one big Rip-OFF.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, outdoorsy, independent.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Naked Bike Ride, every last day of classes at midnight! Let out all your anxieties before finals by taking a big step outside your comfort zone with a group of friends.

    What to do for fun

    Go apple picking every fall. Go on cool trips with the outing club on weekends to enjoy the outdoors and make new friends. Go on a bike trip on the Vermont backroads. Try paddleboarding on Lake Champlain. Watch the sunset from the Williams Fire Escape, and the sunrise from the ampitheater. Check out the local vintage shops. Go to the farmer's market downtown every Saturday.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in as much as you can. Do TREK before Freshman orientation.

    In three sentences

    1) I have never been in a place with so many happy and healthy people. 2) Student life is incredibly diverse, with programs for all tastes. 3) Vermont is beautiful!!

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Lots of time and money is invested in making the campus safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty.

    Great for these types of students

    I think there's something for everyone. Honestly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    As for-mentioned... naked bike ride. Hundreds of naked undergrads running around campus naked. What more could you want?

    Bang for the buck

    Bangin'.

    What to do for fun

    Burlington! Lake Champlain! What isn't there to do? If you're not studying you're hanging out on porches and lawns or swimming, biking, hiking, boating, skiing, and whatever else you can think of. There's only one thing you cant do here; nothing.

    Food and Dining

    With a facility affectionately names the Grundel you essentially know what your getting into. The on-campus restaurant Brennan's is full of local food and good friends.

    Dorm Life

    Fun atmosphere with lots of opportunity to make connections that could last a lifetime. Lots of school run activities and we cant forget the NAKED BIKE RIDE!

    Academic Rigor

    Its all up to the classes and degree program pursued. Some are moderately easy and some are very rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to everyone right off the bat to find out about all of the opportunities the university has to offer. My regret is that out too late and missed out on some great things.

    In three sentences

    The University of Vermont is a very open and welcoming school with a pleasant atmosphere and very helpful professors. The campus is only a short walk away from any off campus residence in the Burlington area and on the way you can stop in and say hello to your favorite instructor. Since coming here the University has dramatically changed my perception of higher education institutions for the better; there is hope!

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe on campus. the UVM police are active and we have a blue light system, although its never been used.

    Greek Life

    About 8% of students participate in greek life. Its there, but not too prominent. They do a lot of awesome things for the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally every type of club, and the opportunity to start your own! Clubs are all funded by the Student Government Association.

    Great for these types of students

    Students with a strong interest in environmentalism and social justice, hippies, hipsters, longboarders, hockey players.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Naked Bike Ride is a tradition at midnight after the last day of classes every semester. I've done it every semester and it is a BLAST. Also, climbing up the fire escape on Williams Hall gives you the best view of the sunset over lake Champlain.

    Bang for the buck

    For a public school, it is outrageously expensive but they do offer financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    The BORED calendar is a great way to find out what is going on on and off campus, from concerts to trips or presentations. Downtown Burlington is great for shopping or hanging out at a cafe. The Outing Club is the largest club on campus, offering countless opportunities for fun in the great outdoors. UVM is also close to three ski/snowboard mountains and offers free buses on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    UVM dining halls are run by Sodexo, and they do a pretty good job of offering a lot of options, including special diets. They also take initiative to buy from local farms and support the Vermont community. Although it isn't your mom's cooking, the food isn't that bad.

    Dorm Life

    UVM has a two year residency requirement, so all freshman and sophomores live in the dorms. This builds a lot of community and is a great way to meet new people. They also offer programmed housing where you can live with people with similar majors and interests.

    Academic Rigor

    UVM has a wide variety of majors and courses offered and you definitely have to work hard to make the Dean's list, but I love that the student body is really supportive of each other instead of the cutthroat competitiveness that you can find at other schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with a club or team when you get to campus! Its a great way to meet new people and learn about all that the school and Burlington have to offer. Also, take advantage of office hours - many professors are disappointed by the lack of students that come to speak with them, so you can definitely stand out if you take the opportunity to build a relationship with your professor.

    In three sentences

    At 10,000 undergrad, UVM is the perfect size where you're constantly meeting new people but you always see at least one person you know on your walk to class. I love how beautiful the campus is year round and Burlington is the perfect college town with a thriving downtown and plenty of outdoor activities in the mountains and on the lake. UVM has very strong academics but the atmosphere is very supportive rather than overly competitive.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Oh, their always around. If you're into partying, just be mindful of yourself and others. If you're partying in your room, be careful. Because if you have a strict RA or cranky neighbors, they will call UVM police and report you. And the police will stand outside your door forever until you answer. So, just be careful. Try not to get anyone else into trouble and be safe.

    Greek Life

    Well. I'm not into Greek Life myself, but a lot of people are. We've recently had some trouble with fraternities doing some not-so-great things and being shut down, but other than that, if it's what you're into than I guess it's fine.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs, activities, and groups to join.

    Great for these types of students

    It's a great school for the average+ student. If you struggle in school I wouldn't attend. It's good for those who enjoy cold weather, being outside, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Naked Bike Ride. At the end of each semester students celebrate the end of class by riding bikes and/or running around naked at midnight. I don't participate myself, but it seems to be quite the hit with a lot of people.

    Bang for the buck

    I won't lie, it's very expensive, especially for out-of-state students. I can't complain personally, because I attend for free, as I received a full tuition scholarship among others that have covered my expenses. But I know of some friends that have had to transfer because of the high tuition and expenses. Education is very expensive these days, though. So I'd say it definitely worth it if you love the area and the school.

    What to do for fun

    Most students party a lot. It's college. Haha. But Burlington can be great because we have the waterfront on Lake Champlain as well as the Church Street Marketplace. There are two malls in Burlington, various nightclubs and bars, as well as shops. There is plenty of outdoor activities as well. Many students take advantage of our frosty winters and ski and snowboard in their free time. We have a beautiful campus, so there's really no end to the possibilities. Also, Burlington has a lot of nice venues for concerts. So the music is convenient as well!

    Food and Dining

    There's good and there's bad. We have more options than most other schools. There are unlimited meal plan dining halls like Cook Commons, Harris-Millis, and Simpson. Then there are points locations like the March�©, Alice's Caf�©, the Marketplace, New World Tortilla, etc. These places are more like mall food court locations as opposed to large cafeterias like the others. Some is good, some is bad. That's college for ya!

    Dorm Life

    Loud, loud, loud. If you like to study a lot, you may have a hard time living on campus. The dorms are extremely loud, as many of the students are frequent party-goers. It's great if you like partying and socializing often. Dorms are pretty small, too. but such is dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    It's often referred to as a Public Ivy for a reason. The science programs in particular I've noticed (from experience) to be very, very, very rigorous. However, I've heard other programs to be a walk in the park. I guess it depends on your major. But their science and pre-med programs are very challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    I had a hard time finding good places to study that weren't far away from my dorm. The library is pretty crowded at any given time. So vacant classrooms and halls worked the best for me, I found. If you're in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) then you'll have swipe-card (student ID) access to Votey Hall (my personal favorite hall on campus) 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with FREE printing. I took advantage of that all the time!

    In three sentences

    It's a great school if you're looking for something in between small-town and big-city. Around 10,000 students, many majors and programs to choose from, and a great semi-city, semi-suburban feel. Overall good place to attend college.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food services are decent. There are many different options to eat at on campus but after a while they get a little repetitive so learning to create new dishes is fun. I would recommend the points plan over the unlimited dinning option because the dinning halls are not the prime food providers on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great spot to live. I lived there for three years and found them to be a positive and fun environment. The best place to live on campus is the living and learning center. The family like environment that each house creates is unique and exciting.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are challanging but the professors are accessible and reasonable with their expectations

    Tips for prospective students

    Spend as much time as you can hiking and exploring vermont and the surrounding areas.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere at UVM is inviting and relaxed, while providing a challenging and rewarding academic curriculum. There are many different types of activities in which students can participate such as club sports, the outing club or even hula hooping. The University of Vermont is the perfect atmosphere to spend four years making amazing friends, gaining a meaningful and rewarding education and growing as a person.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are emergency lights/buttons at intervals all around campus; the UVM/Burlington Police will arrive no later than 2 minutes if used.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot to choose from! There are a couple of Greek Life chapters and over 100 or 200 clubs, I think. Included are the Cheese Club, the Ski and Snowboard Club, and the FeelGood (hunger relief project) Club.

    Great for these types of students

    People who love outdoor sports or even just the outdoors will love UVM.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The NAKED Bike Ride. I think that speaks for itself. After the last day of classes every semester, at midnight, it happens. A bit of advice: if you decide to participate, wearing as much as a bra will get you boos!.

    Bang for the buck

    For non-work study money, there are a lot of places to apply for jobs that are nearby. There are plenty of stores and restaurants downtown (5 minutes away by bus) and in South Burlington (also 5 minutes away by bus).

    What to do for fun

    Go downtown! There's a waterfront plenty of restaurants, and a mall. I used quotation marks because I'm from NY and consider the mall to be a bit small. Just hanging out with friends is fun too -- you'll find something to do together eventually. Also, there are campus events from time to time, which can also be really fun :)

    Food and Dining

    There are kosher, vegan, and other options that support different lifestyles. There are a lot of places to dine in on-campus, however, the food is most definitely overpriced and may not even be decent at times.

    Dorm Life

    This also depends on what dorm you choose and what kind of person you have as an RA (resident advisor). Generally, RAs try their best to make fun events for their floor and/or dormitory.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course, this depends on the classes you take. I would have given it a 3.5/5. The sciences are definitely difficult classes at UVM.

    Tips for prospective students

    It would be wise to... USE ALL YOUR RESOURCES!

    In three sentences

    A predominantly white University that values various types of diversity. The resources available are invaluable and should be used - it would be to a student's best advantage to do so - which is only to be expected considering UVM is has the 2nd highest tuition for public schools in the nation. Overall, I'd give UVM maybe a 3.8 out of 5 based on my experience on the quality of classes - quite good, the beautiful campus, the plenty of options for dining and living, and all the support and resources available, among others.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    too many to list.

    Bang for the buck

    You do not get what you pay for. If you live in-state you are lucky. Out of state you are screwed. The teaching staff is good and bad. Some of my professors have been fired mid-semester and others not asked back after several failed classes. Ask other students for teacher advice and check ratemyprofessor.com

    What to do for fun

    Far too many things to list. Burlington is a great place to live, just don't get too distracted from your school work!

    Food and Dining

    The food is garbage. The only good place to eat is Simpson dining hall on Redstone campus. All other dining halls will make you sick. Tip: get a small meal plan and use local grocery stores for food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are small, and most of them are old. Check the location of your dorm to make sure you are in a quiet place. The lawn maintenance and Main St. are very very noisy.

    Academic Rigor

    Work hard. UVM does have smart students, but some chose to do recreational drugs and fall behind. There are some teachers that love to help, and others that don't. Find the teachers that want you to succeed and make a good connection with them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Money money money. Make sure you have a solid payment plan. Make good connections with teachers and take advantage of the unique classes UVM has to offer.

    In three sentences

    The school is very expensive BUT does offer lots of opportunities for success, job placement, and professional connections. You can succeed with determination and a positive attitude. Unfortunately the financial aid office is corrupt, so only apply to UVM if you truly want to be there and can afford it because merit scholarships do not exist.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Vermont police and authorities should be on their toes at all time. Whenever you may have a situation, we have posts around campus that can activate emergency numbers and even call 911 in case of any emergency. Be prepared for anything!!

    What to do for fun

    Take a look at uvm.edu/bored, as a start. This website provides information on different on and off-campus events that pretty much prevent yourself from getting bored.

    Food and Dining

    So many different foods and drinks can be found here. Whether you may be on unlimited, on points, or if you have some cash in your pocket to eat out, the possibilities are endless. There are many options not only for vegetarians, but vegans as well.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are all over campus, and there are many types, because of different programs held (such as the SAFE program, which is suitable for dorms that are drug and alcohol free--yes, these DO exist).

    Academic Rigor

    We have a variety of students who are doing their very best to accomplishing many things academically. Just because you may not be one of the top smarties of UVM, this doesn't mean that you won't be able to accomplish anything yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep in mind that, just like other colleges, things get a little crazy on the weekends. Be aware of your surroundings, and go places with a friend (this is considered the safest way to have fun).

    In three sentences

    There is so much to do that everything cannot be accomplished in just one day, nor even one week. The university is filled with many students, faculty, and staff of many personalities, creating some sort of balance. Adjusting to this community can easily be a snap!

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    will keep you safe but wont get you in trouble.

    Greek Life

    not part of it so not sure. heard its great but only like 12% of students are in greek life.

    Great for these types of students

    people who enjoy adventure and fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Naked bike ride. get naked and run or ride your bike around campus to blow off steam before finals. college is very green and local.

    What to do for fun

    so much! ski, goof off, go hiking (mountains only 30 min away, buses bring you to the ski slopes) swim in the lake, go to a concert, beer fest, spring fest, hit up the parties and bars. always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    was actually very surprised by the food and dining. they have all natural whole and local food options and serve very healthy and delicious dinners.

    Dorm Life

    so much fun you will not be disappointed! great time and the people on the floor quickly become like family.

    Academic Rigor

    it is academically challenging and the professors expect you to put in the time. you will learn a lot and be thankful they pushed you although! after college you will see that you are ahead academically of many other students from other colleges.

    Tips for prospective students

    read and study but also get out there and don't be afraid to try something new!

    In three sentences

    the university of Vermont is an amazing school for students looking for something academically challenging yet socially stimulating. there is always something to do weather it is skiing in the mountains, swimming in the lake Champlain (walking distance), or just hanging out downtown. there is great night life, great students, great faculty, and you will not be disappointed, 10 out of 10.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is decent for a college and the meal plans are very good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty old and kind of meek, but the experience is a great time.

    Academic Rigor

    UVM is generally known as a great northeastern school with an excellent reputation.

    Tips for prospective students

    For those prospective students, be prepared for the long, cold winters and the time of your lives.

    In three sentences

    The University of Vermont is an amazing mix of some of the most interesting people I have ever met. The scenery is a spectacular mix of mountain chains and the beautiful Lake Champlain. The school is an overall great school both academically and culturally.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe while walking around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many things to do, I can't even explain it. You just have to go out and find them.

    Great for these types of students

    It's a very liberal and open school, so its a good environment for LGBTQ persons. Anyone who's interested in the outdoors, farming, planting, ecology... etc. This school has great programs for those sort of things. But in general, all sorts of people populate the school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well, at the end of the semester, there's a tradition called The Naked Bike Ride, where students strip down and run around the central campus green to celebrate the end of the semester and the coming of finals. There are food vendors and a lot of energy.

    What to do for fun

    I go into Burlington and read at this very neat and relaxing tea shop. It's open until 11pm too, which is nice! Walking by the lake is a nice way to unwind at the end of the day. Otherwise, I hang out with friends, explore church street and enjoy good food!

    Food and Dining

    Central campus has the best dining. In general, the food is always fresh. It's sometimes hard to find healthy choices, but the variety is decent enough. What you get for a meal plan can also affect what you'll be eating, so I recommend sticking to the point system. You can get food in more places with points.

    Dorm Life

    For incoming freshman, you don't get a choice in where you're going to live, so it's possible you'll get put into one of the older buildings. Aesthetically, its less pleasing, however the students are the same no matter where you live. Weekends will generally be loud and strange things always happen when you put a bunch of young adults together. Just have to learn to ignore people.

    Academic Rigor

    Some subjects are harder than others, some professors are more stringent than others but it all depends on your own personal motivation and drive. The more effort and passion you put into your learning, the more you're going to get out of it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're not used to a big school, it can be a little daunting at first. But don't be discouraged by the anonymous existence! Check out clubs, talk to people on your floor, get a job, participate in research... there are a TON of ways to meet people. Just find a niche that suits you and don't be afraid to talk to strangers!

    In three sentences

    The University of Vermont has a relaxed atmosphere coupled with exciting events and people all the time. It sits on top of Burlington, which offers even more opportunities to get a step into the world. The students are eager and the professors work hard for us.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe and secure!

    Greek Life

    I am in greek life and it was the best move I made as a college student at UVM. Greek Life is small (roughly 7-8%) but that makes a tight nit crew where everyone knows of others and its a big greek family! Check some of the Fraternities and Sororities out: http://uvmgreeklife.celect.org/welcome

    Clubs and Activities

    Check them out: http://www.uvm.edu/student_life/?Page=involved.php

    Great for these types of students

    All types

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Naked bike ride - end of each semster students celebrate by running almost nude through the school - regulated and kept safe by students and staff.

    Bang for the buck

    UVM is awesome. Located in Burlington VT you could ask for a better location. The city is great and lively and there is always things to do in Burlington! The school as a whole is awesome and there is a wide rage of people there with plenty of different views on a bunch of things. You will never have an average day at UVM.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do on campus! Get involved in Greek life, clubs of all sorts (sports/acedemic) and the arts!

    Food and Dining

    Food is good, but obivously anything over and over again becomes repetitive and looses taste!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! Lived in the dorms for two years and loved every moment of it. The size of the dorms you get used to, but you definitely make permanent memories in the dorms with friends!

    Academic Rigor

    I am currently enrolled in the Business school at UVM. It is a great school with a combination of challenging and always welcoming Professors!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in many aspects of the community and be yourself!

    In three sentences

    UVM is a very unique place. I great school to learn, relax, and grow. Campus is alive and always welcoming to all!

  • 09/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Blue-Light system is well established within the campus and even running partially into Burlington. Response services are fast and effective, responding within a minute or two of the first call. Campus feels entirely safe and secure and is well lit in all areas.

    Clubs and Activities

    UVM features over one hundred clubs, allowing students to participate in their favorite activities and explore new ones which they may have never heard of before.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every day around sundown, students climb fire escapes all over campus to watch the sun set over picturesque lake champlain.

    Bang for the buck

    This college is expensive, very expensive, but it is an amazing university with a diversity of teachers in one of the best small cities in America.

    What to do for fun

    The city of Burlington is a great place to hang out, explore the shops, meet friends, and watch street performers. Beyond the city is Lake Champlain where you can swim, sail, fish, or go cliff jumping at Red Rocks. Heading into winter, you have six or more amazing ski mountains that you can attend. All are within about an hours drive and the ski club offers free bus rides every weekend.

    Food and Dining

    UVM offers over 20 different dining locations, with numerous shops specializing in particular cuisine (Mexican, Grilled Sandwiches, and even a Ben & Jerry's). Students have the option of four dining plans to fit their budget and appetite. Dining halls are open for adequate hours, some even offer late night dining until 1:30am.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are spacious and the majority have adequate natural lighting. Centrally located dorms provide easy access to classes, dining halls, and social activities; where as dorms on the edges let students explore the wonderful town of Burlington within a short walk of their house. Staff is friendly and will do their best to help you. Bathrooms are regularly cleaned and sanitation is never an issue. R.A.s allow parties to some degree, but do tend to shut them down when things get out of hand.

    Academic Rigor

    This college lets you decide where you want to be placed academically. You can choose to jump right into hard classes, and you'll find yourself with plenty of homework. Conversely, you can take baby steps and get accustomed to college life before venturing into the realm of high level courses. I chose a combination of high-level and introductory courses; it's nice to have a break from work every now and then!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking for a university focused on the environment, this is the place. If you apply early enough you can get an application fee waver to save a couple of dollars. Applying for programmed housing is a must, the dorms are much nicer, newer, and centrally located (some even have air conditioning).

    In three sentences

    This university's dedication to the environmentt, its protection, and the betterment of society is a major positive aspect. The campus feels safe and secure with and abundance of emergency response systems. There is a wide variety of food here from sushi, to vegan and kosher meals, and ever-prevalent hearty soups to help you survive the cold winter months.

  • 09/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    ALL KINDS OF STUDENTS

    What to do for fun

    PLENTY OF SPORTS, CLUBS, AND COMMUNITY EVENTS TO BECOME INVOLVED WITH.

    Food and Dining

    PICKY EATERS BEWARE OTHERWISE LOTS OF SELECTION.

    Dorm Life

    OF COURSE SMALL ROOMS BUT WHAT DORM DOESN'T HAVE THEM. CO-ED DORMS AND HALLWAYS. LOTS OF RA'S AND STAFF.

    Tips for prospective students

    BE PREPARED FOR WALKING AND THE EARLY ONSET OF COLD WEATHER.

    In three sentences

    LARGE CAMPUS BUT WITH SMALL TOWN FEEL. GREAT DIVERSITY OF CLASS OPTIONS AND STUDENT POPULATION. PLENTY OF ACTIVITIES TO KEEP BUSY WITH OUTSIDE OF ACADEMICS.

  • 10/04/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    There's really a place for everyone at UVM, from the artsy to the sporty to the intellectual etc. Honestly I thought that I would never be able to fit in at UVM but there are SO many different kinds of people here, from every walk of life, that it's impossible not to make friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Going to see the sunset over the mountains on the fire escape is probably the most classic thing to do on campus. Quite a tradition.

    Bang for the buck

    Honestly, if you live in Vermont, UVM is a great place to go for financial reasons, and they're also likely to give you some good aid too if you've kept your grades up during high school. If you live out of state though, the price is pretty high, so I guess it depends how enamored you are with the school itself. That is, if you love it (and there are a lot of things to love) it's 100% worth it, but if you're on the fence, chances are you could find quite a few other state universities for a lot less cost.

    What to do for fun

    Go to higher ground to see live music! Go to the waterfront to play frisbee on the green or watch the sun set over lake champlain! Go onto church street to shop, go out to dinner, or go dancing! And that's just the beginning of what's happening off campus, there's always something to do if you just want to stay where you are.

    Food and Dining

    There are SO many dining options on campus. What I like best is that even though there are huge cafeterias, its easy to get away from them if you're bored of that style. Henderson's Cafe, in the Davis Center is a sweet place to get a cup of coffee, sit in an armchair by the fireplace, and get some studying done. Or if you're craving a late night snack, there's a Ben and Jerry's right on campus...

    Dorm Life

    Again, dorm life at UVM is truly a mixed bag. You can get stuck in some pretty quintessentially awfully classic college dorms. Or you could get lucky in some of UVM's newest renovated dorms like those on the Redstone Campus or if you're in the Honors College. I highly recommend programmed housing, because it situates you in some of the nicest living spaces, and with people who you already share interests with. Plus one of the best things about UVM is that once you get finished the required time living on campus, an apartment in Burlington center is probably the best option of all!

    Academic Rigor

    There is a mixed bag of rigor at UVM and you can make the best of it or the worst of it, but there can be a lot of great classes and professors if one has the motivation to go looking for them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Most people come to Vermont because of the huge mountains for snowboarding and hiking, or the beautiful lakes for canoeing and swimming, but even if you're not an outdoor enthusiast, come to Vermont for the people. UVM attracts all kinds of diverse and interesting people, and what I seem to keep liking most about Vermont is who I meet here.

    In three sentences

    UVM has the great luck of being a beautiful campus, in a beautiful place, with enough outdoors for all of the nature enthusiasts and enough coffee houses and fireplaces for those of us that just enjoy a good read on a cold day. Though it is a state university, you can find professors here who rival those of a small, far more expensive, liberal arts college. And though its size is somewhat intimidating, it means that there is a group of people here for everyone to fit in with.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Dismal, not typical Greek Life.

    Great for these types of students

    Hippies, politically active, New Englanders.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Naked bike ride/run!

    What to do for fun

    Stowe pass, Ben & Jerry's, downtown, waterfront, Lake Champlain.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved, go to class and enjoy beautiful Vermont!

    In three sentences

    UVM is very liberal and Eco-friendly. UVM students have mastered work and fun. The weekends are always busy!

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Skiing!

    Food and Dining

    Looked really good with lots of options (although I didn't get a chance to try any when I visited).

    Dorm Life

    Dorms look decent, but aren't that appealing.

    Academic Rigor

    The curriculum didn't look that hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades at a B+ or higher, try to get involved in community service or extracurricular activities, and try to be a good student!

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus, but cold.

  • 11/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are blue lights everywhere and it's really well lit at night. Burlington is a relatively safe town too.

    Greek Life

    It's probably not the best school if you're really into greek life although there are a few fraternities and sororities

    Clubs and Activities

    The best pep band!

    Great for these types of students

    Pretty much all types of open-minded students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The pumpkin regatta, free cone day right on campus, and the naked bike ride are all pretty unique to UVM!

    Bang for the buck

    UVM is really expensive for out of state students, but it's totally worth it. The academics and student life are all of the top most quality.

    What to do for fun

    Explored Burlington and go on adventures with the outing club! There are so many great hikes nearby.

    Food and Dining

    Get points!

    Dorm Life

    This also depends on the dorm you are in. I am in a residential living community.

    Academic Rigor

    This greatly depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved during the first couple of months with clubs and activities and if you're looking at UVM during your senior year, sit in on a class or two that you would be taking in the fall.

    In three sentences

    UVM is becoming overcrowded with an more an more students attending every year. However, Burlington, is an ideal college town and there is a unique localvore, hippy spirit. Although it's not the right fit for everyone, UVM is a great school!

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    always feel safe

    Greek Life

    low key, but its here

    Clubs and Activities

    kayaking, rockclimbing, outdoor club is all pretty sweet

    Great for these types of students

    hippies, hipsters, outdoorsy people

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Naked bike race= run around naked at the end of the semester

    Bang for the buck

    If you're an out of state student, its really expensive

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Burlington is always alive with concerts, shopping, and parties. outside of burlington theres the great outdoors

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty good, with lots of options

    Dorm Life

    Dorms always suck, no matter where you go. Suites are the way to go.

    Academic Rigor

    Engineering is really really hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's cold. be prepared to not have a life during second semester.

    In three sentences

    Great location, with nightlife and outdoor activities. Intelligent, dedicated teachers. wonderful community.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UVM has its own police enforcement who are always around making sure the campus stays safe. They are a quick phone call away and the campus has emergency call buttons around all of the campuses if there is ever an emergency. The school does a wonderful job in making the students feel safe.

    Bang for the buck

    It's definitely worth it to come and take a tour of campus, sit in on a class or two and get the feel of such a vibrant community.

    What to do for fun

    It would probably take an eternity to tell you everything you can do. On campus there are literally tons of clubs and organizations that you can join or just check out. From Greek life to varsity and intramural sports to music to academic clubs and everything in between, UVM has got it. And if you find that something you want to do is not available, create it! UVM supports all forms of leadership and community involvement. Plus there is Downtown Burlington and Church Street. Lots of shopping or enjoying local entertainment, restaurants and the lake to view. North Beach is a short ways a way as well for a nice spring or fall swim.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options for eating on the campuses, and it's good food at that. The three unlimited dining halls offer a wide variety of food selections all the time, and are located on each of the main campuses. There are also many places throughout campus that offer most specialized foods or yummy treats, like Ben and Jerry's at the Davis Center. The school is very vegan and vegetarian friendly, uses local and healthy ingredients, and uses environmentally friendly composting and recycling. There is also plenty of places to eat downtown, which is only a short distance away.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the number one way to meet new people. There are three styles of dorms: traditional, suite, and private. The dorms are spread throughout the campuses and each one has its own unique benefits. However, some of them could stand a little updating, especially when it comes to bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses provide a challenging yet interesting way to complete your major or help find you a major. They really make you work hard and definitely benefit your understanding of the subjects. Plus most of them are really fun! There are also tons of people to go to for support and help during the year from professors and TAs to advisors and older students who know the ropes. You will always find help and advice when you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely be open to trying new things. There are tons of activities going on all around campuses and you're guaranteed to find something that sparks your interest. The variety of courses allow students to explore new areas of learning that may have been closed to them during high school. Also these are great ways to make new friends who enjoy the same things as you.

    In three sentences

    The University of Vermont is definitely a great place for students to experience challenging academics and an active social life. UVM has something that appeals to everyone whether its the variety of courses, the incredible list of majors, tons of clubs and organizations, or just the beautiful Vermont scenery. It provides students with a true college life and paves the way to a great future for everyone.

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have some great bus drivers who make it their priority to look out for their kids on campus and make sure everyone who parties gets home safe. We've also got blue-light systems that alarm and call the police if activated all over. I don't think there've really ever been any incidents of having anything bad happen if people have been smart and sober/traveling with friends.

    Greek Life

    Was never really involved in it personally,

    Clubs and Activities

    Don't make the mistake I did by being too shy! There are SO many clubs I wish I'd joined earlier - everyone's been in the boat of being new, so just go for it! The pottery Co-Op is especially cool. Lots of fun volunteer opportunities through campus clubs too, which are great for your resume!

    Great for these types of students

    Laid back people who aren't too concerned with high end shopping and just enjoy being surrounded by a VERY liberal down to earth, grass roots community. Lots of LGBT activity - our school flies the rainbow flag! So tolerance of all kinds is pretty important.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hockey is a pretty big thing since we've got a good team, and there are a couple buildings that are supposedly haunted! Lots participate in Beard-vember, and the best 'tradition' is the Naked run/bike ride. At midnight on the last day of classes every semester the brave souls amongst the student body strip down and do a couple organized (by the time I graduated the police felt the need to put up barricades and keep an eye on the festivities) laps around Campus. Even through nudity most people dress up or make jokes with their rides (ie wearing capes, riding sitting on electric scooters, etc). Very fun people watching!

    Bang for the buck

    I got a lot out of it, but it is more expensive than most state schools. I think the vibrant campus and town life makes up for it, but it depends on your budget.

    What to do for fun

    Tons of stuff! There is a lot going on all the time on campus, from pub quizzes at Brennan's pub (downstairs in the Davis Center), to theme party nights (Wild Wild West night they brought a mechanical bull to the Davis Center and had a rave later on, with props to dress up and have photos taken in period clothing with friends). There are lots of fun clubs and organizations on campus too that are always hosting things. Downtown is really easy to get to and it has a movie theater that shows not just new popular stuff but cool indie films too, lots of good tea bars (Dobra), a couple small malls in walking distance, clubs, tons of great local non-chain food places, good whole food super markets to browse, parks, shopping on Church Street, and tons more. During the warm months there are beaches on Lake Champlain to have fun on, boating, etc. and during the winter it's not too far to a number of great mountains to ski and board.

    Food and Dining

    I think most of the food is pretty good - my issue was a couple of the bigger dining halls, like Harris-Millis dining hall (The Grundle) is a pay one price for entry, which meant you wanted to eat enough to make it worth it if you were on points (point per dollar) rather than blocks. I took points because personally I preferred to go to the cafes (that only take cash or points) and buy groceries there too to keep in my room (and had a costco membership once I had a car!) and then visit the big dining halls a couple times a week instead of every day.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the older dorms are kind of squished but not bad, and everything is pretty central except for Trinity Campus which is a good walk or bus ride from campus (still walkable, just takes 20 minutes or so). I always had cool RA's that were really fun and got the floor to really interact and have a good time together. If you get into the newer dorms in the Honors College you can get a single with a bathroom shared with only one other person. And once you get to the point of being off campus there are tons of great options nearby.

    Academic Rigor

    I think as with every college it depends on your major. If you're going for something with a relaxed curriculum then yes it'll be easier, but UVM is right in the top when it comes to sciences. But even from a liberal arts perspective it's pretty well staffed and we have at least one Nobel Laureate on staff in the English department.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to dress warmly! Burlington sees a good bit of snow but during the winter months it gets COLD. When walking downtown also be prepared for good exercise - keep the bus schedule handy because the walk down the hill is easy going, but coming back up after a couple hours of wandering the awesome pedestrian only shopping street (Church Street) it's rough to make it back up the hill. The buses do run every 15 minutes though and students ride free. Be sure to carry your student ID with you everywhere, a lot of things in town offer big discounts to students - the movie theater, Flynn performing arts theater, etc. offer highly reduced tickets to things when given a student ID.

    In three sentences

    UVM is a campus small enough to allow you to interface well with professors but large enough to be modern and cutting edge. Living on campus is a ton of fun and within a walking distance of downtown Burlington which is full of things to do from a seasonal farmers market and open mic nights to a number of good clubs and tons of great restaurants. It's a way to get a great education while being in an awesome town that will help create a lot of fun memories.

  • 12/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or sport for everyone! With around 156 different student clubs and sports, there is something for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    UVM is for anyone who just wants to be themselves! Everyone is very accepting of who you are!

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do on and off campus! You are right in the heart of downtown Burlington where there is anything you can imagine to do and more! Plus great ski resorts close by!

    Food and Dining

    Food is the usual college good. This school has a great option of using your point for food on campus, and allows you to buy food at local restaurants.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a tough school, but is also a very enjoyable school to attent. Classes are tough, but the professors are great and are always available to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try and make yourself standout above everyone else. No one wants to be just like the person next to them

    In three sentences

    This is an amazing college! It not only gives you a great education, but also a great social experience. There is so much to do on and off campus!

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There is skiing and snowboarding, or you can go for a stroll on Church Street.

    In three sentences

    This is such a beautiful school in an amazing city with a great view of lake champlain. The school has a lot of history, and it is really close to some great ski mountains, but it can get pretty cold. I'm pumped to get up there again and start classes.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe. Text message and email alerts are very helpful. The campus really comes together in the face of any small incident on campus or national tragedy.

    Greek Life

    Probably about 40% of students are involved in Greek life. It has it's presence but if you don't get caught up in it, easy to forget about it. Great parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs and organizations. Very easy to find one that fits you on the Lynx.

    Great for these types of students

    Preppy, earthy, sporty: literally every one fits in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Naked Bike Ride at midnight on the last day of classes each semester. I am not kidding. The name says it all. Cheapest date: Climb up the fire escape on Williams Hall and watch the sunset over Lake Champlain. Breathtaking.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely pricey, but as with any school it's what you make of it. Study hard, make friends, get out every once in a while. Definitely worth it. I'm so happy.

    What to do for fun

    Burlington and UVM have endless things to offer. Club sports, outing club adventures, Greek life. So many great places to eat in Burlington, chill at North Beach, go shopping. It's infinite.

    Food and Dining

    Depends where you go, but most of the food isn't terrible. Get Charlie's falafel on Thursday in the Marketplace.

    Dorm Life

    Not for everyone, but it's very social and there is always something going on. Most RA's are pretty chill, just be smart.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are very challenging but rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Redstone is the best campus to live on. If you're planning on studying abroad, start early. Get a really warm winter jacket.

    In three sentences

    A large school that somehow feels very small. Students have many different interests from the outing club to Greek life to SGA. A beautiful campus in a beautiful city.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While Burlington is a relatively safe place you should be smart about where you are going and when. I try not to walk at night in certain places. You will occasionally get a cat-alert message that someone who wasn't intelligent about where they were walking at night got raped or something of that nature. They do have the blue light system in place. I would just say the best system is being intelligent when going out.

    Greek Life

    It exists but it certainly doesn't rule social life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs to join that it is common place that people often don't have enough time to do all the clubs that interest them!

    Great for these types of students

    One of the best things about University of Vermont is that it has a place for almost any passion you posses, even if you are still searching for what that passion is. As long as you are intelligent, hard working, and able to laugh a little in between you will be happy and eventually find your place here. -

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the end of classes every semester, students gather together and do a naked bike ride in the middle of campus. It's a really popular thing to do before finals begin. However there are also people who refuse to get naked and ride a bike and will use this opportunity to take advantage of all the good study spots on campus like the quiet rooms in Living/Learning, or the medical lounges in Rowell.

    Bang for the buck

    Like every other college in the country, when it comes time to pay the bill it can be a little shocking especially when you are a student who is paying for their own education. But it quickly becomes apparent that at University of Vermont, the bill is totally worth it. This place is truly a once in a lifetime kind of experience. If you are truly invested in your classes, get to know your professors, dive in head first into your assignments not only are you getting a top notch education from amazing people but you also will be heading towards great places. University of Vermont students are known to do great things after college.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do at the drop of a hat that there never seems to be a dull moment on campus. It certainly helps that people there are for the most part, a dream to be around. Between downtown Burlington and campus life there are endless possibilities to what you could be doing on a Saturday night.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very often the same, boring and not very good. On the other hand it makes you grateful for your family home cooked meals. I would recommend doing points if you are a person with a full schedule. The time it takes out of your day to go to the dining hall can be stressful when you are tight on time. Also doesn't hurt to save some money when you do the points system.

    Dorm Life

    You will eventually find your place. One of the great things about UVM is that it's big enough to have many different kinds of living situations for many different kinds of students. I live in a living and learning community and I would say it is either hit or miss. But there is definitely a sense of family where I live. I would advise rooming with a friend though, there are definitely horror stories.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not necessarily an easy place to be which is a common misconception among people who think that state schools are easier. However if you get to know your professors you will soon realize that they are far and away your best resources on campus. The teacher's here are AMAZING! I am a freshman and there was not one class that I was not absolutely dying to go to!

    In three sentences

    I am so ridiculously happy with my choice! Uvm is a university that leaves a place for just about everyone. It is an awesome place to either find yourself or further what you already know about yourself.

  • 02/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club, go outside, go downtown, there is so much to do!

    Food and Dining

    The food is not very varied and it is very hard to find healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty run down for the most part, and the residential life staff is a little domineering. However, the social experience is enjoyable.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are more difficult depending on what department you are in. In other words it is what you make of it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to a residential community. It will give you a built in group of friends (plus they live in better housing anyway!).

    In three sentences

    The University of Vermont is a great experience for students wanting a larger University with a community feel. There are a lot of opportunities for both academic and social endeavors. However, the best part is how pretty Vermont is.

  • 03/10/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    UVM is expensive but worth the money if it's the right fit for you.

    What to do for fun

    Head down to church street, longboard around campus or have a jam session on the green.

    Food and Dining

    Food is awesome, so many choices!

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms re a good walk from central campus but there is a bus service. Forced triples get a little tight and the fact that the bathrooms are co-ed in some buildings gross some people out but they are cleaned daily.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging and full of things to learn but only if you put the time in.

    In three sentences

    Great town, good school and awesome people.

  • 04/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I think campus safety is great. There are blue lights everywhere and University Police are always helpful. You feel safe walking around.

    Greek Life

    Although I am not a part of it, Greek life is lively enough to love it and have fun if you are apart of it but one can still have a perfectly thriving social life without joining.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities are endless. All types of sports, all types of clubs and groups, for all different talents you may have and want to continue with.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that need a strong environment of students and staff that will do what they can to help you out and make sure you are successful.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The naked bike-ride every Fall and Spring. But hey, it's Burlington, Vermont!

    Bang for the buck

    The school is a bit expensive however, I would say that every penny is worth it. This place is amazing and I wouldn't want to go anywhere else.

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do for fun in Burlington, VT? You can walk or take free transportation to and from the infamous Church Street to shop, eat, or just hang out. There are numerous intramural sports to play, clubs to join, and activities within the student center that you can be a part of.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is good but not great. Meal options seem to get very repetitive so as long as you find ways in the dining halls to vary and open up your palate, you will be satisfied.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great if you make it that way. If you open yourself up and talk to people, you will love your dorm. People are nice, the RA's are always there for you, and it is just an overall great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor for me may be different than other schools within the University because I am in the Mechanical Engineering track. This track and degree program is definitely rigorous and time consuming. It challenges you to figure out what makes you learn efficiently and proficiently as a student.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, figuring out where you can get extra help on school work is something to figure out right off the bat. At the same time knowing your professors is extremely important. In a lecture of over 150 kids, I knew my professor personally through talking with him and going to office hours.

    In three sentences

    The University of Vermont is everything I expected and then some out of college. My college experience thus far has been incredible and eye opening. It has opened me up to not only new people, but to new skills that I will be able to carry with me forever.

  • 05/05/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Church Street and the waterfront offer unlimited entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    Delicious and nutritious! Many options, varying from different meals to multiple dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    All different sizes and locations. Each dorm has its pros and cons.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging, yet very rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit! That couldn't be stressed enough. Also, research the program or programs you want to study, and see how the department is here. Researching the professors is another helpful resource. The reviews for the professors of my major influenced my decision because they were the best out of all the other schools I applied to.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go down to Lake Champlain or Church St.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus and surroundings, however be smart.

    Greek Life

    There is Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to list, something for everyone. Get involved!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants to be challenged academically.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Naked bike ride done yearly.

    Bang for the buck

    Well for out of state students it is a pricey university, however if you do we'll in high school they are giving with academic scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    The area is beautiful. There are so many clubs to get involved in, something for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    The food has variety which is so important. Different meal plans depending on what you need. Unfortunately incoming freshman really don't know what they need, so first semester is a trial.

    Dorm Life

    Typical dorm, but has variety of settings depending on your interest. There is a place for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    uVM will challenge you academically. There are placement teast you take to put the student in appropriate class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. Try to find scholarship money. Bring warm clothes.

    In three sentences

    UVM has beautiful surroundings of mountains and Lake Champlain. It is a large enough campus where you feel that college atmosphere but not get lost. Communication at UVM is through the computer I am having some difficulty with health services and book store

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    not a major part of the social scene

    Clubs and Activities

    Ski club! Outing Club! Hoop Troop!

    Great for these types of students

    Liberal, environmental

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lick the bell! Naked Bike Ride!

    What to do for fun

    Ski!

    Tips for prospective students

    Dress warmly, and live in programmed housing!

    In three sentences

    This University is a really welcoming and liberal place. It's a great place to study the sciences. It's quite pricey for a public university, though.

  • 06/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe at UVM. All the walkways are well lit at night with Campus Safety check points every so often. Each one is equipped with a button that automatically calls Campus Security. They also patrol the grounds at night. There is a Campus Security officer standing at every bus stop on the weekend nights.

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't very popular at UVM. There are both fraternities and sororities, although there are just a handful of each.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is seriously a club for just about anyone at UVM

    Great for these types of students

    UVM is great for any type of student. It's very diverse. I've met people from many different backgrounds. There's a club for everyone and just about everybody gets along.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the last day of every semester, the Naked Bike Ride takes place. It's a long-standing UVM tradition. Though there are very few people actually on bikes, there are thousands that run around the central campus circle completely naked. It's quite a scene.

    Bang for the buck

    Burlington is on the Huffington Post's list of best college cities. It's a great balance of a fun location and a good education. UVM pleases parents and students as well.

    What to do for fun

    UVM is right in the middle of Burlington. There's Lake Champlain and the beaches to go to on hot days as well as Church Street. All are within walking distance. There are bike paths, museums, concert halls, dining, shopping and sports fields surrounding the area. There's always different activities and events going on around campus as well. You will never run out of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are three unlimited dining halls on campus which serve average college dining food. I'd say it's a step up from high school cafeteria food. But it does get old after a while. Fortunately, there are a number of other places on campus to eat that serve delicious made-to-order meals.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are very tight-knit communities. There are always floor events going on and everyone becomes very close. Athletic and Redstone dorms are roomy and fairly nice. Trinity dorms are nicely furnished but a far walk from classes. Central dorms are closest to classes but very small and very hot.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the classes you take. I've found that the larger lecture classes are more difficult. In the smaller concentrated classes, there is more time for one-on-one interaction with professors. You get out of the classes what you put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Everyone at UVM is very friendly and welcoming. The location is perfect and there is plenty to do. You won't be disappointed.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love UVM. The people, the area, and the community are beyond wonderful. The University of Vermont is my home and I couldn't be happier with my college choice.

  • 06/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Hospital and student health center on campus. The school also has a blue light system.

    Greek Life

    Not huge at this school but if you want to join a fraternity or sorority, you have great options!

    Clubs and Activities

    Way too many to list! and if there is a club we do not have that you want, you are free to start your own!!!

    Great for these types of students

    All Students!!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Naked Bike Ride.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is expensive! With that being said, in my opinion it is completely worth it!!!

    What to do for fun

    The city of Burlington always has things going on from big events, concerts every weekend all the way down to street performers! Nightlife is great and ski/snowboard season gets crazy!

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food is way better than many other schools I have been to! I had the unlimited food plan and I loved it!

    Dorm Life

    LOVED IT!!! I met the best friends I have ever had in the dorms! Great times!!

    Academic Rigor

    My freshman year as a Civil Engineering student was not easy but there was not a time where I could not handle the workload.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your priorities in line! Get your work done there is always time for fun or relaxation later.

    In three sentences

    The University of Vermont is truly my dream school. I rate this school as nothing short of perfect! I can never have a bad day in Burlington, Vermont!

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The naked bike ride happens every year on the last day of classes at midnight. Everyone gets naked and runs arounf a course on campus.

    What to do for fun

    There is literally everything you can think of to do in Burlington.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to UVM :)

    In three sentences

    UVM is the perfect place for me because the community of staff and student are very accepting. Also, the variety of programs that the school offers really gives student an oppertunity to figure out what they want to study. Lastly, Burlington is a great town and you will never be bored!

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    My time at UVM so far has been a wonderful experience. Burlington, VT is absolutely beautiful and there are countless things to do downtown. UVM is a welcoming, friendly, and laid-back community!

  • 07/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I am a proud member of SASS and the competitive ballroom team. I love dancing and my friends there have become like a second family. I hope all of you come join us a socials! If not, there are tons of other clubs and club sports on campus. I hope you find one where you feel at home!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unusual traditions? You mean like the Naked Bike Ride?

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is high, but I think it is worth every penny. I can't image going to any other university.

    What to do for fun

    There is always some sort of activity going on on campus. Just check out the uvm bored calander! On top of that the school has a ton of clubs you can check out. The downtown area is a nice place to hang out too. Church street has a lot of cool shops and restaurants. There is a movie thatre as well. The waterfront area is just gorgeous. There is a park to hang out in and a boardwalk. North Beach is also really popular in the warmer weather. There are two malls in the area. One is downtown and the other is in South Burlington (there is a bus stop right out in front).

    Food and Dining

    The University uses a company called Sodexo for their dining halls. The food is good, and they do their best to provide healthy options. Still I wish there was more variety. I will definitely say the points places have a better selection than the unlimited dining halls. I also find it more convenient because I can drop in and grab lunch on my way to class. You can't take food out of the unlimited dining halls (They have a to go section for breakfast and lunch but it is limited) Of the unlimited dining halls Simpson on Redstone is the best. They have a great variety, a veggie bar, and a station where you can order specific entrees. It's just the best food on campus. On the opposite end of the scale we have Harris/Millis (aka the Grundle) and its just bleh. The menu is very repetitive and you get sick of it really quickly. And the food can be greasy and gross. The people that work there are all really nice though.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are clean and neat, and the rooms are a good size. The RAs are always available to help you. It can get pretty rowdy on the weekends, but usually its manageable.

    Academic Rigor

    I find UVM to be academically challenging, especially for science majors. The professors here are all wonderful, and always available for help. The university also offers tutoring and supplementary instruction. Utilize these tools, and sooner rather than later.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is so much to see and do here, get out there and explore it. Go to every single week of welcome activity, join a club, introduce yourself to everyone on your floor, etc. As far as studying goes. College is a completely different animal than high school. Make a study schedule and stick to it. If you have a paper or a reading assignment due, start it well in advance. Go to class and keep up with the work, otherwise you will get left in the dust.

    In three sentences

    A school that cares both about its students and the environment. A open and vibrant community. A beautiful place to live in any season.

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Ski, hike, go to the beach at Lake Champlain, camp, go shopping downtown, and eat downtown.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is very easy to make friends here because everyone is so easy going!

    In three sentences

    UVM is a great place to go to college because of the people, academics, town, well still maintaining a traditional college experience. The students and faculty at UVM are all friendly, helpful, and fun. As well as the academics which are challenging yet rewarding.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We may have 1-3 attacks on campus a year. I have always felt very safe and comfortable walking around. We have the Blue light security system and all the dorms require ID swipe to get in.

    What to do for fun

    Burlington is full of opportunities! In the Fall you can enjoy all that Lake Champlain has to offer - boating, kayaking, swimming at North Beach and more. On a typical Saturday I will go to the shopping center downtown and explore the weekly farmers market to try yummy samples and contribute to the local economy. There are tons of unique stores as well as common malls within walking distance from the dorms. You can also explore other fall activities like apple picking and hiking around the green mountains. Winter sports are also a huge deal. Student discounts for season passes to the mountains are available and highly popular. This is just a very short list of fun activities. There is so much to do that the question is more, what can't you do?

    Food and Dining

    Considering it is in beautiful agricultural Vermont, you would assume the food would be delicious. Unfortunately it is not. We currently have Sodexo catering in the dining halls and marketplaces. The food is good enough to be content, but will get pretty boring after a few months. They have the typical pizza, grill, and salad bar for dinner. And pretty good selection for breakfast, including a hot meal every time. There are great options for vegan and gluten free diets, which is nice. But unless you like the same food everyday, it is not very good service. Luckily Burlington is the food capital of the world as far as I am concerned so taking a trip off campus every once and a while will solve your good food hunger.

    Dorm Life

    All dorms are very similar and also very different. It all depends on the people that are randomly chosen to live with you and what building you are randomly chosen to live in. I have always been very comfortable in the dorms. While not every building is as wonderful as a hotel, none of them are disgusting and unpleasant. You can also switch dorms relatively easy, so if you hate where you are it is not that big of a deal

    Academic Rigor

    The toughness of UVM all depends on the situation. UVM offers everything from Pre-med to Botany to Community Development, so the amount of work really all depends on what classes you are taking and what the professors are like. My biggest advice would be to contact the college for a representative from your major to answer questions. At times I personally have thought the classes were easy breezy and others insanely difficult and not possible to pass. However, all of my professors have been helpful and willing to do what they can so I can pass. It all also depends on you as a student and what your personal goals are. Maintaining a 4.0 will require much more rigor than if you are satisfied with a C average.

    Tips for prospective students

    When checking out UVM, make sure that they have a major you are definitely interested in. In makes it a lot easier to graduate on time and have fun in class when you already know what you are doing. Understand that the stereotypical UVM student is artsy, athletic, or very intelligent/liberal. Be sure that these are the people that you like, because I have met a few people who feel that they did not fit in with the crowd.

    In three sentences

    The UNiversity of Vermont is a wonderful school full of opportunity. By attending I have learned more about myself than I ever thought I would - through living with diffferent people in the dorms, living on my own off campus, exploring the art and culture, and learning about the serious problem of sustainability and agriculture. All of these things are offered through UVM and the community of Burlington.

  • 08/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The city of Burlington offers a ton of things to do in your spare time, and UVM offers tons of student run organization and clubs to get involved in. On the weekends, it is always fun to go out to any one of the many ski and snowboard mountain resorts in the area. Burlington sits right along Lake Champlain, so during the hotter months it is always fun to get outside and swim, paddle board or boat!

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining services at UVM are provided by Sodexo. The options provided for students on campus have much variety. The menus are conscious of vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free customers. The staff working to serve food were consistently very friendly and happy to be doing their jobs. They certainly helped to make eating on campus a very enjoyable experience.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life designed for first- and second-year students at UVM does a wonderful job at guiding new students through the very hectic transition of moving from home to a college campus. The staff were extremely helpful throughout my stay on the dorms, and the janitorial staff did a fabulous job at keeping the facilities clean. My only frustration during my stay in the dorm rooms was that resident behavior was not always kept in line by the staff in charge. It was not always a conducive environment to get work done.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics offered through the University of Vermont is stellar. I am studying science, and the quality of education I have received thus far has been excellent. I will continue to expect nothing less for the remainder of my time as a student here. The effort put forth and expected from students at UVM is intense but manageable. The difficulty of education at UVM is also very dependent of what is being majored in. Depending on the nature of what is being studied, the amount of work spent on school understandably varies from student to student. Among all of the majors offered, the quality of education delivered, reflects the price tag of attending this institution, and will not disappoint.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to stay focused on what you go to UVM for, and what you expect to get out of your education. Burlington is an easy city to get off-track in, so it is very important to keep your education first priority. Also, do not ever be afraid to ask questions. UVM has an exceptionally friendly population of students and staff. I can ensure you that anyone you may be willing to ask would be more than happy to help in any way they can. Also, bring warm boots and clothes, it really does get cold in the winter!

    In three sentences

    The University of Vermont has served me with a very thorough, research-based science education, taught by Professors with much experience in their fields. The student population at UVM is represented by a wide range of people from a plethora of unique ethnic backgrounds, a learning experience in itself. UVM is a great institution, situated in the very beautiful city of Burlington, VT, providing much opportunity for collaborations and connections to be made.

  • 10/17/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I love this school. The atmosphere created by the campus with Burlington surrounding it is amazing and simply can't be found anywhere else. UVM has everything that I am looking for in a college, including classes programs and extra curricular activities.

  • 12/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for EVERYTHING!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the tradition of a Naked Bike Ride on the last day of classes each semester.

    What to do for fun

    There is always a TON of stuff to do on Church Street and there are always events going on at UVM.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not so great but there has been an attempt to improve the quality recently.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is on a building by building basis. I am fortunate enough to live in a suite and it helps create a network of friends very quickly.

    Academic Rigor

    I have found that the rigor is on a class by class basis. While I had some classes that were a breeze, there are ones that I really struggled in.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for prospective students is directed towards Vermont residents. Being an in-state student, I often viewed UVM as a last resort and I recommend that you look at is as an incredible school for a more reasonable price. My tip to everyone is to get involved on campus.

    In three sentences

    UVM has been an overall positive experience for me. There are a variety of activities to becoming involved with and the faculty members are willing to help you in anyway they can. I've founded the students to be friendly, the campus to be cleanly, and the academic lessons to be valuable and applicable.

  • 02/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Burlington has a great music scene and Church Street is always a great place to go!

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls aren't the best, but there are other places on campus where you can eat that are much better.

    Dorm Life

    Be open to meeting people on your hall! They may turn out to be your best friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be very difficult, but that is college. Be prepared to work hard!

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit and check out the campus! Make sure it's the kind of campus you would be happy on. Even though it is expensive, it is worth the money!

    In three sentences

    University of Vermont offers everything you would look for in a college ranging from great clubs, to a fantastic music scene to the perfect college town. UVM is truly an awesome school with down to earth students, and will give you an incredible college experience!

  • 03/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has ID scanners at the dorms so that only residents or their friends can come into the buildings. The campus also has their own police force and blue light system so that you can get help within 90 seconds of calling the police. It is very safe and there have been very few incidents, which is rare considering a campus this large.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    After classes end each semester there is an event called the naked mile in which people run around a track naked in the middle of campus at midnight. It is completely optional and people are welcome to participate or to come watch. I thought this was very odd when I first heard of it but it's actually a lot of fun to go watch.

    Bang for the buck

    For what you pay you get a lot out of it. They are also good with giving financial aid, especially to in-state students.

    What to do for fun

    There are an unlimited number of events going on. On campus there are often events such as concerts, comedians, and even hypnotist shows. There are also many game rooms and several gyms for those of you who are fitness enthusiasts. If you can't find something you want to do on campus there are also events that go on downtown like farmer's markets, open mike nights, street performers, concerts, you name it. There is always something fun to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food normally isn't too bad and can be very good, but sometimes some of the options can be distasteful, particularly the vegan and vegetarian options. All the dining halls have different types of food so there should be a hall with food that you will enjoy.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty good. I was put into a forced triple and the room still has enough space for the three of us. The only downside I've found is that sometimes it can get a little crazy on the weekends with partying. Overall, dorm life is very satisfying.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm from the nursing major so we have a more rigorous course load than most, but I don't know how other majors compare.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are so many things to do on campus that it may distract you from your work. I would recommend keeping to a schedule to help you effectively manage you time. If you can learn to manage your time you'll do fine.

    In three sentences

    UVM is a beautiful campus with the perfect mix of small town and city. These are many nature ares and outdoor opportunities nearby, including ski resorts, hiking trails, and lake Champlain, as well as plenty of stores and events like concerts and festivals. These is transportation everywhere you need to go with the city buses, taxis, and car rentals for students, and even shuttle buses to take you to your classes.

  • 03/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do on campus or in Burlington. There are always concerts to attend, or new restaurants to try, or just things to do with your friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are even considering UVM, then you should attend. Of course, not all colleges are for everyone, but it seems like there is really a niche for everyone here. University of Vermont is a very progressive, open minded school as a whole.

    In three sentences

    I have really enjoyed my experience at UVM thus far. UVM is very community oriented. I haven't even been here for a complete year yet, but I already feel like I have joined the huge UVM family.

  • 03/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Out-of-State, so not worth it

  • 04/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A great tradition is to climb the fire escape on the Williams building to watch the sunset. It is stunning, and you get an excellent view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains in New York.

    Bang for the buck

    UVM's tuition is overly priced - as many universities are. I recommend making sure that you can afford the school - even if it is through scholarships - to ensure that you will not be hindered by debt after graduation.

    What to do for fun

    Burlington, Vermont is gorgeous! Head down to Church Street - by city bus, bike, car, or a nice walk - and enjoy a wide variety of coffee shops, restaurants, tea shops, and boutiques. I love Muddy Waters and Uncommon Grounds - both beautiful coffee shops. My absolute favorite thing to do off-campus is to visit Lake Champlain. You can stroll on the lakeside park or go for a swim. There are always plenty of events going on on-campus. I love being here!

    Food and Dining

    Compared to most universities, UVM's selection is good. They are working to get more 'real food'; however, I think we are lucky to have the food that we do. I recommend Simpson dining hall or the March���©. You can have an unlimited or points meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    UVM's dorms are nicer than most - especially in University Heights and on Redstone Campus. I am a Residental Advisor at UVM, and I know that they put a lot of money on providing services and events for students living in the dorms. They are safe and straightforward.

    Academic Rigor

    You could get by at UVM without having too many hard classes, but you could also entirely be in challenging classes. I believe that UVM, along with my professors and advisors, make it easy to find a balance that keeps you learning without being in over your head - especially when you are interested in the content.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important to investigate the departments you are interested in to make sure that the professors, the classes, and the goals sit well with you. UVM is an absolutely stunning school in Burlington, VT; however, be in close communication with Student Financial Services and external scholarship/loan opportunities if you are worried about paying the large bill.

    In three sentences

    UVM is located in a beautiful and unique town - Burlington, Vermont. There is always something to do at UVM, and I am so happy that I went here. I have had some inspiring professors and intriguing classes.