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Here's my take on UVM, I've been there for a couple of years now so I have a pretty good take on what the school is like socially, academically, pros, cons,etc.

UVM is a big school with like 10,000 undergrads. If you want to party, smoke weed and snowboard for four (plus) years, then you can. There are all different types of students at this school, and naturally there will be students of that nature here because it's college, and...Vermont. That shouldn't be a surprise to any incoming students. But I've also met some of the most interesting people I've ever encountered in my life here, and if you want a good academic and social experience then you will most certainly get one. Again, UVM won't spoon-feed anything to you because it's not a small school. Yes, you will have to go out of your way to get to know most of your professors, and you may have to go out of your way to find your niche socially (I know I did), it's all part of growing as a person and becoming more independent.

The school has over 100 majors so you probably won't have trouble finding one, and its a great place to go if you want to study the liberal arts, pre-med, env. studies or the life sciences. I was a double-major in economics and anthropology in the CAS, while being undecided for the first year and a half of being there. The classes are for the most part big during the first two years (like 80-250 students), and then they usually shrink dramatically later on, although it will depend on what you study.

The social life really is what you make of it. UVM is known to be a party school, and if you want it to be then it most certainly can be. Most students go to parties in off-campus apartments or in frats, although it's pretty easy to sneak in a small dorm party, since, even though the school is technically dry, the RAs don't really care, at least in my experience. On the contrary, there are more than enough students (if not the majority) who want nothing to do with partying, and enjoy staying in their dorms, studying in the library, or going downtown. I know lots of kids studying engineering and the hard sciences who don't party, simply because they can't.

Oh, and speaking of downtown, the school is definitely in a fun location. Burlington is a fun little city with some great shopping, eating, and entertainment. If you're bored here, it's your own fault. The outdoors are right nearby with some awesome ski areas (a lot of students get discounted ski passes at places like Jay, Stowe, etc) and it's a fun and popular activity to do on the weekends, although, again, there are plenty here who want nothing to do with skiing. Transportation is excellent. CCTA busses can take UVM students anywhere in the greater Burlington area for free, and the UVM campus bus goes everywhere on campus and sometimes runs as late as 3 am.

Oh and some cons- it's super expensive. I know lots of kids who are working two jobs to stay here, and it's certainly overpriced, no doubt about it. They keep raising the tuition price to, which is absurd. Everything here is also ridiculously overpriced, particularly the food, which you will get sick of quickly (it gave me diarhea). You may also get bored during the winter when it's too cold to do anything fun. Also, while there are lots of clubs, its hard to get involved in them. Diversity could also be a tad better, at least 85% of kids here are white. Most are from the Northeast, although I've met kids from all corners of the country.

Anyways, I think UVM is a great place to go if you want a good overall college experience. It's the perfect size, being big enough to feel like a university, but small enough to not feel like you're in a black hole. It's in a great location, being in a great town in a beautiful region. And it's pretty nice campus with some interesting, open-minded people. UVM has a lot of artsy/hipster people along with the stereotypical students, and everything in between. It's not for everyone, you definitely need to be open-minded to like it here, and the stereotypes are certainly true to an extent, but if you can fit this mold then I suggest considering it.

Hope that helped!

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I recently graduated from the University of Vermont. Upon final reflection, I had a good experience. The professors were extremely caring and almost all were very willing to help students. Burlington is a very cute and safe town, and there are ample numbers of bars and other entertainments for a place its size.However, it is a very pricey school. You can get the same type of education elsewhere, often for cheaper. I'd only recommend going if you aren't going to be taking on excessive debt, particularly if you are planning on majoring in liberal arts.
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UVM is a wonderful school to grow in and the majority of the professors are very knowledgable in their field, are fair in their grading and genuinely want the students to succeed.

Burlington is also a nice town. It is small and there is comfort in it being a safe place at night for women. The population is one that cares about the environment and is open minded to everyone. Very good people.

I went to the business school, which I find to be one of the best. Comparing my work to that of my friends from high school, I was certainly doing more. It was more in depth, but in a good way. Now in my job, I have a very good understanding of high level projects that others with a different education would not comprehend.

For the other departments, I had excellent experiences in the environmental/natural resource classes and will speak positively on their behalf. Now I am an accountant that will tell you about the forest and the health of the rivers. The field trips were outstanding in the mountains surrounding the school.

Imagine doing your homework in a quiet setting, amongst fun and caring people, while looking out over the mountains maybe during a beautiful sunset. The ideas flow at an incredible rate, and when youre done, you can have some fun on the town, or just in the dorm with good friends.Highly recommended!!

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