University of Vermont Top Questions

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Hannah

Expensive but I'm really glad that I go here instead of somewhere else.

Jonathan

Phenomenal.

Kelsey

My overall opinion is that UVM holds one of the best social atmospheres. It is unique in that, on any give weekend you can easily find a local band playing in either a house or one of the many music venues in Burlington. There is opportunity to become part of the Burlington community, and most of the students are very friendly. However, there is not much school spirit. We don't have major student support for our athletics and our on campus events can very pretty lame. Anyone who loves to ski or ride will feel more than welcome at UVM. Students seem obsessed with the surrounding ski mountains, and sometimes come to class in their gear with their snowboards ready to hit the slopes as soon as class lets out. Students complain about the money spent throughout the university and the high tuition prices. There is a disconnect between the administration and the student body.

Zachary

My overall opinion of UVM is you get out of it what you put in. The school is big enough, with enough people where you can find people to party with every night, or if you want set up your own study group. To be honest I would not change anything about this school. I love the opportunities it has given me. For example, I recently picked up an undergraduate research project at the UVM Horticultural Research Farm. The school is in an extremely fun and exciting college town. There are four colleges in the surrounding area. There is always something to do in downtown Burlington. My favorite thing to do is go out to eat at one of Burlington's numerous amazing restaurants. Burlington can be looked at as an epicenter for the 'local foods' movement. Restaurants fill the demand for local food and it couldn't be tastier!

Sasha

I love UVM. There are so many different things to fall in love with..on and off campus. From the lake to the mountains to church street and everything in between (and that's all off campus!). On campus there are so many special, unique UVM things that are special to only us. UVM takes great pride in it's "Green" status and that's a pretty cool thing. I love going to a school where we are constantly trying to get ahead of the game in so many fields (not just being environmentally friendly). Another aspect of UVM that I love is it's size. There are roughly 10,000 undergrads and it's awesome. It can feel huge when you want it to (i.e. Division 1 sports, 7 colleges, so many majors, etc.) but at the same time have the feel of a cozy liberal arts school. It's ideal. By the time you are a junior or senior you're in classes of 15/20 or as small at 8 and you really get to know your classmates and teachers. One experience I'll always remember, is watching both the men's and women's basketball teams take the America East Championship titles in the same day. I dance on the Dance team for UVM and it was the most memorable experience to date. We went to the NCAA and it was incredible!

Margaret

My overall opinion of UVM is very positive. I love the classroom environment - that I feel so comfortable approaching my professors with questions or comments. You will probably take a few lecture-style classes, but that all depends on your major, etc... I haven't had any problem with concentrating or doing well in lecture-style classes here. Although UVM is a moderately large school, I feel that the campus layout makes it feel so much less busy. When I tell people I go to UVM, the comment I get most often is "I love Burlington - how much snow do you have up there?" That brings me to two other points. The first is that the snow really isn't that bad - it's the wind that'll get you. That said, if you don't think you can survive the walk between classes, the busses are free and go pretty much everywhere on campus. My second point is that, despite how many people think of northern Vermont as Hickville, USA, Burlington is an awesome college town. The population grows significantly during the school year because there are a few schools in the area such as Champlain College and St. Michael's (in Colchester).

Kelsey

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Kelsey

I've visited a lot of my friends' schools over the past four years, and to me, nothing has compared to UVM. The main draw is Burlington, which is just such an awesome college town. I originally was thinking about going to school in a city, but Burlington has just the right balance of city and college town. It has so many restauraunts and stores downtown, and just enough bars so you never get bored. On top of that it's only a short drive from the mountains where you can hike in the summer, ski in the winter, or just enjoy the view if you don't feel like doing anything like that. Aside from the town, UVM is really the perfect amount of people. No matter where you go on campus you always see a familiar face, but you definitely get away from that "high school everyone knows everyone" feel. No matter who I tell I go to UVM everyone always reacts in the same way, saying that it's awesome and they want to come up and visit some time. On campus activities include hockey games, concerts and tons of different places to eat. One experience that I'll always remember about UVM is the Naked Bike Ride. Twice a year, on the last day of classes of each semester, when midnight rolls around, the brave take off all of their clothes and get on their bikes, scooters, shopping carts, or just run around Athletic campus as the scaredy-cats stand around and watch. Everyone gets really into it--painting their bodies and everything and it's really fun to either participate in or watch. It's really one of the things that makes UVM awesome.

Hope

I transfered to UVM from a liberal arts school that was considered more academic, but I found that UVM is truly what you make it. I definitely have more opportunities at UVM and my professors are all really helpful as long as you take the initiative to seek them out. I love that at UVM they do not hold your hand and how much you succeed is all based on how much you care. The thing I would change at UVM is the in coming class size because I am a senior and the class of 2015 is huge in comparison--although it still is no where near as big as most state schools. The reaction I get when I tell people that I go to UVM is always very good because it has a great reputation on the East Coast. In the west--I am from the southwest originally--people mostly play into the stereotype but you can overcome that easily, and many of the alumni are very successful and helpful so it is a great networking school. I would also say that because it is a state school, people know that it exists, which is really important after college. The most recent controversy at UVM had to do with the most recent President and some money expenditures, but there is going to be a new President soon, and I think it is fairly tame in comparison with other scandals of similar nature at other universities. There is definitely school pride at UVM, despite the controversy, and many old traditions that make it a fun place to be especially during hockey and ski season.

Henri

The University of Vermont provides a wealth of academic opportunities, as well a great athletic program, a Greek fraternity/sorority system, and endless extracurricular activities to choose from. Perhaps the best thing about UVM, though, is the academic freedom. Unlike many smaller liberal arts colleges and technical institutions, UVM offers a diversity of majors. From medical science to wildlife and fisheries biology, there is truly something for everyone here. Despite being a state school, UVM hosts a student body small enough to allow students to truly develop personal relationships with their professors. Burlington is the perfect setting for UVM. The city is small enough to allow you to easily escape city life, but large enough to allow students to pursue urban activities. For those that wish to explore the outdoors, Burlington offers the best of both worlds with Lake Champlain to the west and the Green Mountains to the east. Just make sure to bring your warmest clothing for the winter months! The residents are also very supportive of the Catamounts. While the athletic program typically receives little national attention, both the students and people of Burlington take great pride in supporting their teams, especially hockey. In my opinion, perhaps the only negative aspect of UVM is the abundance of skateboarders. However, this is hardly an issue that can be deemed problematic. UVM offers not only a diverse number of higher learning opportunities, but also an atmosphere that promotes social outreach. This is truly a unique school; the possibilities for expanding your world are limitless!

Henri

The University of Vermont provides a wealth of academic opportunities, as well a great athletic program, a Greek fraternity/sorority system, and endless extracurricular activities to choose from. Perhaps the best thing about UVM, though, is the academic freedom. Unlike many smaller liberal arts colleges and technical institutions, UVM offers a diversity of majors. From medical science to wildlife and fisheries biology, there is truly something for everyone here. Despite being a state school, UVM hosts a student body small enough to allow students to truly develop personal relationships with their professors. Burlington is the perfect setting for UVM. The city is small enough to allow you to easily escape city life, but large enough to allow students to pursue urban activities. For those that wish to explore the outdoors, Burlington offers the best of both worlds with Lake Champlain to the west and the Green Mountains to the east. Just make sure to bring your warmest clothing for the winter months! The residents are also very supportive of the Catamounts. While the athletic program typically receives little national attention, both the students and people of Burlington take great pride in supporting their teams, especially hockey. In my opinion, perhaps the only negative aspect of UVM is the abundance of skateboarders. However, this is hardly an issue that can be deemed problematic. UVM offers not only a diverse number of higher learning opportunities, but also an atmosphere that promotes social outreach. This is truly a unique school; the possibilities for expanding your world are limitless!

Henri

The University of Vermont provides a wealth of academic opportunities, as well a great athletic program, a Greek fraternity/sorority system, and endless extracurricular activities to choose from. Perhaps the best thing about UVM, though, is the academic freedom. Unlike many smaller liberal arts colleges and technical institutions, UVM offers a diversity of majors. From medical science to wildlife and fisheries biology, there is truly something for everyone here. Despite being a state school, UVM hosts a student body small enough to allow students to truly develop personal relationships with their professors. Burlington is the perfect setting for UVM. The city is small enough to allow you to easily escape city life, but large enough to allow students to pursue urban activities. For those that wish to explore the outdoors, Burlington offers the best of both worlds with Lake Champlain to the west and the Green Mountains to the east. Just make sure to bring your warmest clothing for the winter months! The residents are also very supportive of the Catamounts. While the athletic program typically receives little national attention, both the students and people of Burlington take great pride in supporting their teams, especially hockey. In my opinion, perhaps the only negative aspect of UVM is the abundance of skateboarders. However, this is hardly an issue that can be deemed problematic. UVM offers not only a diverse number of higher learning opportunities, but also an atmosphere that promotes social outreach. This is truly a unique school; the possibilities for expanding your world are limitless!

Henri

The University of Vermont provides a wealth of academic opportunities, as well a great athletic program, a Greek fraternity/sorority system, and endless extracurricular activities to choose from. Perhaps the best thing about UVM, though, is the academic freedom. Unlike many smaller liberal arts colleges and technical institutions, UVM offers a diversity of majors. From medical science to wildlife and fisheries biology, there is truly something for everyone here. Despite being a state school, UVM hosts a student body small enough to allow students to truly develop personal relationships with their professors. Burlington is the perfect setting for UVM. The city is small enough to allow you to easily escape city life, but large enough to allow students to pursue urban activities. For those that wish to explore the outdoors, Burlington offers the best of both worlds with Lake Champlain to the west and the Green Mountains to the east. Just make sure to bring your warmest clothing for the winter months! The residents are also very supportive of the Catamounts. While the athletic program typically receives little national attention, both the students and people of Burlington take great pride in supporting their teams, especially hockey. In my opinion, perhaps the only negative aspect of UVM is the abundance of skateboarders. However, this is hardly an issue that can be deemed problematic. UVM offers not only a diverse number of higher learning opportunities, but also an atmosphere that promotes social outreach. This is truly a unique school; the possibilities for expanding your world are limitless!

Henri

The University of Vermont provides a wealth of academic opportunities, as well a great athletic program, a Greek fraternity/sorority system, and endless extracurricular activities to choose from. Perhaps the best thing about UVM, though, is the academic freedom. Unlike many smaller liberal arts colleges and technical institutions, UVM offers a diversity of majors. From medical science to wildlife and fisheries biology, there is truly something for everyone here. Despite being a state school, UVM hosts a student body small enough to allow students to truly develop personal relationships with their professors. Burlington is the perfect setting for UVM. The city is small enough to allow you to easily escape city life, but large enough to allow students to pursue urban activities. For those that wish to explore the outdoors, Burlington offers the best of both worlds with Lake Champlain to the west and the Green Mountains to the east. Just make sure to bring your warmest clothing for the winter months! The residents are also very supportive of the Catamounts. While the athletic program typically receives little national attention, both the students and people of Burlington take great pride in supporting their teams, especially hockey. In my opinion, perhaps the only negative aspect of UVM is the abundance of skateboarders. However, this is hardly an issue that can be deemed problematic. UVM offers not only a diverse number of higher learning opportunities, but also an atmosphere that promotes social outreach. This is truly a unique school; the possibilities for expanding your world are limitless!

Eliza

I think that there are a lot of opinions of UVM because there is such a diverse group of students that all believe different things for different reasons. I think that most UVM students do agree that it is an awesome school to go to. This is not only because UVM is academically stellar, but also because of Burlington, the mountains, the different opportunities that open up because you are a student at UVM,and because UVM students are overall amazing people. Everyone comes from such different backgrounds, with so many different interests that I am meeting new people on a daily basis and learning so much through my fellow UVMers. I think what I love most about UVM is how there isn't one type of UVM student. Every other college that I visited told me that mainly "skiiers go here" or "scholars go here". What set UVM apart was no one student fit into a UVM stereotype-there were no perfectly shaped, cookie cutter students. Everyone does what makes them happy, and that really shines through.

Eliza

I think that there are a lot of opinions of UVM because there is such a diverse group of students that all believe different things for different reasons. I think that most UVM students do agree that it is an awesome school to go to. This is not only because UVM is academically stellar, but also because of Burlington, the mountains, the different opportunities that open up because you are a student at UVM,and because UVM students are overall amazing people. Everyone comes from such different backgrounds, with so many different interests that I am meeting new people on a daily basis and learning so much through my fellow UVMers. I think what I love most about UVM is how there isn't one type of UVM student. Every other college that I visited told me that mainly "skiiers go here" or "scholars go here". What set UVM apart was no one student fit into a UVM stereotype. Everyone does what makes them happy, and that really shines through.

Jesse

This is the best college in the country. I am obviously biased because I loved it here, but I cannot imagine anyone wanting to go to school anywhere but here. People here are very friendly, staff and faculty included. Burlington is the perfect college town, Lake Champlain, bars, outdoors stuff like skiing, hiking, hockey/ bball games. There's a lot of vermont pride here. I guess the bottom line is that students here go hard at everything...we party hard, play hard, and study hard (well not everyone.....most seem to so that they can stay here). The naked bike ride is an awesome tradition the last night of classes every semester. Intramural sports are a blast. Everyone is very active and open to whatever.

Sandy

UVM is just the right size. There's not too much or too little. In UVM you can do what you want to do and not get bashed for it. The school is very open minded about a lot of things. We even have a naked bike ride just before finals week, which is just mind blowing. Weirdly I feel loosen up and relaxed before finals.

Jessica

UVM is definitely a preferred response to the question in Burlington of "What school do you go to." I don't like that the paper we purchase for the lavatories comes from clear-cutting the forests of Canada.I'm an older student so I don't really get caught up in the non-academic stuff that the younger students do.I know that the kids act shameful in the neighborhoods that they live in and at the bars they frequent.Thats a complaint from the community that one hears often.

casey

UVM as a whole, I think is the perfect size. It's not a small school where there are 1,000 kids like a high school and it isn't too big as if it was its own town separate from Burlington surrounding it. The campus has around 11,000 kids which makes it big enough where you won't see the same people everyday, but small enough where everyone is friendly to eachother. The town of Burlington is probably the best part of the college. Burlington is really laid back, and the people who live there really embrace the fact that a bunch of college kids live there for part of the year. There are great bars, also the scenery is awesome. There's nothing better than getting to see the mountains in the distance while you're on the way to class.

Jim

Its a good sized school, as with any college, you get back what you put into it. Burlington is a great town, with a ton of stuff to do. All the activism on campus can get a little old, especially when its a few people making a big deal out of something no one really cares about. The administration is OK, but they focus more on bettering UVM's reputation than on the quality of life for current students

heather

The best thing about UVM is community: everyone is friendly and willing to meet new people. There are so many opportunities to meet your neighbor on campus and interact with all different sorts by becoming actively involved on campus! One thing I'd change is our schools president FOGEL! His "vision" is to be the university with the most construction occuring, which it is, although the typical students from out-of-state is paying 32,000 a year to go to this school and would rather know their tuition is being spent on better ideas. We don't need more buildings! We just spent over 30 millions dollars on the DAVIS CENTER which is the new student center and is ridiculous! We had a perfectly capable student center that can handle the student capacity of UVM, but Fogel had to go waste peoples tax $ and student tuition on that, it's LEED certified with a silver standing. Most of my time on campus is in the library or on the green if its a nice day! The biggest recent controversy on campus was SLAP's (student labor action project) tent city on the green, they refused to leave and so got booted by the police! Before that it was the death of Michelle Gardner Quinn.

Grace

I love UVM. Groovy UV! It is so much fun there, and I met the most amazing people there. There is so much to do around Burlington too. Church Street has so much many nice spots to eat and shop and just hang out. It's a great college town. It's a busy little city, but it's not too crazy. Like I said the people, students and faculty are all so nice here. Everyone is so chill, but pretty much everyone is pretty serious about their studies too. We do know how to have fun ; )

Blake

The best thing is that there are a lot of great classes, I felt like I got a strong educational base. The whole college scene got very old by the end. There is not a lot of diversity (in any sort of the meaning not just racially or ethnically) which was frustrating. The adminstration isn't bad, but some of the services on the campus could be run much better. Living on campus was better then most other schools I believe, although living downtown is much better in my opinion.

Erica

UVM is a beautiful school, with an amazing staff and a great student population. The school when I first entered was just right, but lately it's been getting "too big" in that the administration has been letting in too many students when we don't really have the kind of resources to accomodate them. Burlington is absolutely beautiful and a great college town. UVM does have school pride, but I"d say it's an understated school pride. We know our strengths, but we also know our weaknesses, and as students we try to fix those weaknesses by turning them into strengths. UVM is so unique in that we have so many traditions or foods or just culture that I'll try to explain to my friends from home and they are just amazed. I love it. :)

Paige

I love this school - people are friendly and approachable. No one seems to be overly judgmental. The town of burlington itself is a great place to meet people with similar interests. Its a very friendly place to be. Can't forget to mention the naked bike ride. That alone is what defined my first year experience haha.

Kelly

For starters, UVM is a perfect size. 9,000-10,000 students might seem big if you are coming from a smaller school, but it is just right- not too big and not too small. At first the school will seem larger because you don't know anyone, but after a while you will make friends in your dorm and in your classes. It is so nice to walk to class without seeing 10 million people I know. You will definitely see people you know, but no one wants to run into every person they know on campus on their way to class. Especially when it is 9 o'clock in the morning and you are still half asleep. Sometimes it's nice to have alone time, especially considering the fact that a lot of your friends will be in your dorm and after classes you hang out there. The campus is pretty spread out and it is great to have places to go when you get bored in your dorm. The size of campus is good, yes, but if you really begin to feel cramped by the size, downtown Burlington is sick. Burington is a college town for sure and there is always something to do there, whether it is shopping, eating, or going to the numerous parties downtown. It is only a short walk, perfect for a break from school.

Jillian

UVM is a fantastic school. It offers a lot of great classes and also has fabulous amenities like the Davis Center. A lot of people perceive UVM as a really small school but there is such diversity on campus that I have never felt it to be a 'small' school. All of the old architecture is amazing and for the most part everyone is super friendly.

Liz

The University of Vermont, like all colleges, has two types of students: students who are there to change the world and students who are there to make money. Given, there is a spectrum of students in between these two categories yet I choose to associate with the former category. UVM claims to be a green, socially responsible school yet the administration has only constructed a facade of these qualities. Many as dissatisfied with the new "green" 60 million dollar student center along with the University's irresponsible investments in war profiteers. There have been year long campaigns raising awareness on these issues and multiple criticisms in student publications. These grievances are quite in keeping with the environment of Burlington, a highly liberal and peaceful city, perched between the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain. One might broadly categorize many Burlington residents as hippies, yet that is a closed minded stereotype. The city is full of people who explore their passions, whether it be art, skiing, music, or academics. Burton is headquartered in Burlington and thus is the hub of the snowboarding universe. Needless to say, Snowboarding is to UVM as Lacrosse is UNC. Oh and it's pretty cold in the winter but great skiing makes up for that.

valkyrie

My experience as a transfer, non-traditional student, is that folks are friendly but a little clique-ish. I like the fact that it's kind of big, although being in class with 250 people (as in my introductory Chem class) is kind of a drag. I've loved 90% of my professors. Burlington is a great town to hang out in. My biggest beef with UVM is the lack of good cheap food within a 1-mile radius of campus. The dining services are either sucky, overpriced, or both. There are plenty of good eats downtown but that's a bit of a trek when it's the middle of the day and you're in a hurry.

Lorie

The best thing about UVM might be the location, you've got lake champlain to one side with a view of the adarondaks, and then you've got the Green Mtns to the other side. You can get to the mountains for hikes (free) or skiing ($$$$$$) in 30 min, or just go down to the bike trail to the lake where everyone and thier golden retriever are out exercising. The "City" is not bad, small with some great college bars that not too many normal people go to because the college students and recent alum dominate the scene. Some good restaurants, a posh grocery store...nice things and lots of organic food and recycling goes down. Very earth-conscious. The school is just the right size, you always are meeting new people, but don't feel lost, even as a freshman. The professors have time for you, and really do mean it about visiting in their office hours, so definately take advantage of that. School pride, not so much united school pride. Some around the basketball team I suppose, but you know, a lot of cynical new englanders who want to set themselves apart from the masses. I love the place. Beautiful old central campus buildings, horrible buildings and dorms from the 70s and some good architecture recently. However the new construction leaves less room for ultimate frisbee, so thats a downer. Unusual? one nice thing is that there really is something for everyone at UVM, so you won't be lonely. Because the school is pretty small, you can get the student gov't to fund all sorts of things, both legitimate and not. Even republicans have friends at UVM, although there are not very many of them.

Chris

UVM is a great sized school, but it is growing. Incoming students beware! The housing situation is a little sticky with the size of the incoming Freshman class double the size of this year. Burlington is a great city, its clean and beautiful with the lake. UVM is known as a good school and I am proud to say that I go here.

Irena

At about 10,000, UVM is a perfect size for those who don't like too crowded colleges, but also for those that don't want to feel like they're back in high school. Burlington is a college town, so you will see bunch of youngsters downtown. It's actually nice because you get to meet a lot of people your age. UVM has a great Business School, Medical School, Math&Engineering School and a very broad Arts&Sciences School. General impressions I get from people is that they like UVM and think it's a good school overall. Newly built Davis Center is bringing even more attention to UVM and this building is becoming a place for career meetings and orientation.

Troy

The best thing about UVM is the natural environment around the area. With 5 ski areas within an hour's drive from campus, it's easy to see why we attract outdoor enthusiasts. It's also an unbelieveable gift to be able to look east from campus and see Mt Mansfield and Camels Hump, both capped in snow. Then you look west and watch the sunset over lake Champlain...awesome. UVM is just the right size, too. And I don't like President Fogel's innitiative to continue to grow the university. We do need new athletic facilities, which is one thing I would change, but it's already in the works. Another great thing about UVM is that the student body is strong and outspoken. There are many young activists inspiring critical thought everyday around campus on many different issues.

Pearse

I think that the size of UVM is perfect. It is large enough that if you ever want to meet a new person or group of people, all you have to do is look around. At the same time, there isn't a day that goes by without me seeing at least three of my friends. It is always nice to run into people that you know because it shows that things aren't too big. Certainly if you want to meet new people the best way is to join groups, clubs and organizations which will put you in contact with like minded people. And too many things could not be said about Burlington. It has everything you need form a beautiful waterfront, movies, skiing 45 minutes away, bars, restaurants and nice people (granted you don't wake them up at 3 am coming home from a party).

Hayley

The best thing about UVM is the location. Lake Champlain is beautiful, but the city of Burlington is a pretty hip place to be. My friends and I have always joked that Burlington is a "playground" for us, between the eating, shopping, bars, and stuff to do outside.

Jessie

What is great about UVM is the outgoing and friendly student body. Most people are here for a good time, though that does mean there are a lot of slackers. The size is just right, because it is small enough so you meet new people all the time, but it is large enough so you can avoid people if you want. There tends to be a lot of school pride, especially at sporting events, but it may not seem like it at first. What is unique about UVM is the Naked Bike Ride that is held at midnight on the last day of classes each semester. A large number of people take part and either ride their bikes, skateboard, rollerblade, or just paint themselves and run naked. It definitely brings the school together and lets everyone celebrate with one-another. Burlington is a lot of fun, and there are always crazy hippies downtown who are doing something entertaining to the rest of us (whether they mean to or not), such as this guy who dresses up in neon colors and holds a sign that says "Nader lives."

Violet

UVM is just the right size. People are surprised sometimes when I tell them I go here because I'm don't drink a lot or smoke. Burlington is a great college town, lots to do, Lake Champlain is fun. There is a good amount of school spirit, especially hockey and basketball games. Everyone here is extremely active. There are always people out running, biking, playing sports, going on hiking trips, skiing, climbing, and every other outdoor activity. Campus is very politically active. Everyone is very liberal here, the Young Republicans Club actually just had to shut down because they ran out of funds. The most frequent complaint is probably about getting parking tickets or about getting busted by the police.

Harper

UVM is a college that offers excellent professors. There are a wide variety of majors. It is an excellent school if you are interested in the medical field.

Brooke

UVM is just right. PERIOD Go to a hockey game and you will see UVM pride, spirit and enthusiasm.

Rheanna

The administration has changed the focus a lot. It seems they are tr

Hannah

UVM is a place where I feel comfortable, I love it here my friends have become my family. The best thing? Im not really sure, perhaps the lax attitude of students or the acceptance of all people. One thing i would change would be the lack of diversity on campus. Coming from an incredibly "racially" diverse home I find it to be incredibly white. When people hear that I go to UVM they smile and say something like "duh of course you go there, you're an environmental studies major and nothing excites you more then climbing things." I spend most of my time in the dorms when its snowing and when its not outside on the green or the mountains. UVM is in Burlington Vermont, this means it is located in a busy area near the airport, bus station, train station, and church street (shops restaurants and bars) but within that small city we are surrounded by beautiful mountains and have a gorgeous lake and beach, its the best of everything I guess you could say. As much as i love the campus there is one large monstrosity that we call the Davis center which is our 60 million dollar student center and it happens to unsurprisingly be the largest building in Vermont. Personally I don't care much for it, but I do have to say it is convenient knowing that anything you could need is located in the Davis center. School pride? Yeah it exists, theres enough of it to excite anyone, but not too much that theres jerk jocks shotgunning beers outside the hockey rink. Overall UVM has a lot to offer, sometimes its frustrating but usually its not, I love it here.

Mel

Some may consider UVM to be considered either too big or too small for their liking. UVM, once you attend, will eventually show you that it's both. UVM is so big, that all students can experience the college life they've always wanted, but it is small in a sense as well due to it's tight community. Basically walking to class will allow you to bump into so many friends that you would not even notice the size of the school after the first month. People are always wondering why UVM, but it definitely is a great experience and a wonderful surrounding. Being able to be so connected to the community, while enjoying the comfort of my room in my residential hall, makes the college experience so much more fulfilling.

Andrew

UVM has a lot of school pride, especially with athletics. There is a lot of unity among classes. UVM was formerly known as a party school, however now its making the transition to a true "Public Ivy." The campus is beautiful, and it will only get better when the construction is finished. The worst thing about UVM is the dry campus and the goddam hippies, they're always protesting something, they really need to get jobs. You know what they say about hippies, they wanna save the world but all they do is smoke pot and play frisbee.

Emily

Uvm has the best of both worlds. The mountains are pretty close and it's amazingly easy to get there whether you take the bus or get a ride. So many kids go to the mountains every weekend to ski and board. The lake is within walking distance. It's a great place to be when the weather is cooperating (which is unusual). Last weekend I went snowboarding during the day and hung out down by the lake that night. Burlington is a pretty good college town. It has alot of great restraunts and coffee shops and alot of street performers. There isnt really a night life down there though. I have yet to go to any bar or even hear of one. The restruants are really good but kind of expensive for college students. There is a good amount of school pride. Our sports teams arn't behind it though. The most watched sport is hockey but that isn't even too big. The only games I've gone to see are the club team games where my friends play. The most frequent complaint i hear is about the weather. It gets pretty cold up here and the winter starts early and ends late. The campus is beautiful in the snow but it's gets old pretty fast. Most students tend to stay indoors for the long winter unless they are out at a mountain. Another complain I hear alot is about the change in pace. I live half an hour out of NYC. It was a huge shock coming to the much slower paced Burlington. I don't think i'll ever get used to it.

George

UVM is a school with fairly good connotations. UVM knows how to spend money and spend it fast on useless things. You pay top dollar for a mid-level school and is worth only about half of what is paid. Lots of Pot, Lots of alcohol, good amount of coke, and plenty of everything else.

Tate

It is a very nice sized school, comprised almost exclusivley of middle to upper middle class white people. Burlington is a very clean, safe, and expensive town inhabited by people from other parts of the east coast. The landscape is breath taking. There is very little school pride.

Alex

I think UVM is a great school, if you'd like to go to grad school afterwards. Or if you are looking for a conventional major. I personally am transferring (hopefully) because UVM doesn't offer me a single major that I'm acutally interested in. I applied because of the GAP program, which isn't a bad program. I thought I could make it work but i am just bored out of my mind. I am an english major because its the easiest thing for me to do. Also, the other main problem I have going here is a lot of the students. They are walking proof that tests don't always reflect intelligence. I bet if you pick anywhere, any day, any time to over hear a conversation it goes something like this "oh my god, i was soo wasted last night. I was so drunk I fell of the toilet. Hahaha, and we had to hold your hair back, why did you drink that anyway?" almost every day this is all I hear when I'm walking to class or riding the bus. That and inane psychobabble. The students are always protesting something, but not in a way that would actually help. I would like to see one camp out on the green last past October. oh no its too cold, livable wages aren't as important as me drinking in my nice warm room.

Kelly

UVM culture (though it has watered down), the music, socially responsible to an extent. I'd change how students act upon their daily views, I just feel like some students limit themselves from acting. Where's the action? Decent size, but the freshman class is insanely large. You like trees? All around, don't like limits or boundaries. When it's nice out and there's no time to head off-campus on a beautiful day any green or the amphitheater. Burlington has a lot of depth and community, church street is nice and we're surround by nature's playground. Fogel, what have you done? Theft issues, it sucks. UVM is about trusting your surroundings. Enough. Meal plans suck, dry campus. 420 love(the whole weekend, central green, north beach, great weather) and Ills (one experience, yeah right.) Shake down by RAs and Johnny Law.

Andy

After transferring from a small college, the best thing is definately the amount of stuff there is to do. There is always something going on. The first thing I'd change would be to encourage a more balanced political spectrum, a student body that didn't always try to be shockingly liberal. It gets old. Most people are impressed when I tell them I'm at UVM. I spend a lot of my time at my fraternity house or visiting friends in their dorms. I hardly spend any time at the Davis Center. Burlington is an awesome college town. I really hate the administration. They don't really view students as people. The biggest recent controversy was when the student government almost banned the Red Cross from campus, because they don't accept blood from men who have had sex with other men. There is school pride, but not nearly as much as some of the really big universities have. One of the most frequent complaints is about the cold and snow, once winter sets in. I don't really think it's much of a problem.

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