University of Vermont

The University of Vermont is located in the heart of Burlington on the shores of Lake Champlain and surrounded by the stunning Green mountains. One of our country’s oldest universities, UVM is also one of our most progressive schools: pushing the boundaries in sustainability and environmental initiatives. UVM is considered one of America’s best college towns. Church Street in downtown Burlington, within walking distance from campus, is an award winning open-air pedestrian mall filled with a diverse selection of restaurants and shops.


Stay: The Hotel Vermont |  Breakfast: Penny Cluse Cafe

Lunch: American Flatbread  | Dinner: Hen of the Wood

Visitor Information: Tour UVM

Stay: Opened in 2013, The Hotel Vermont has brought contemporary cool to Burlington, earning high praise as one of the best new small hotels in the U.S. With three excellent restaurants, Lake Champlain in it’s backyard and the UVM campus just a short walk away--this is the place to stay. Also nearby is the Marriott and Hilton Garden Inn.

Coffee: You will be hard pressed to find a Starbucks on the UVM campus; all their coffee is locally sourced. Henderson’s Cafe, adjacent to the bookstore, serves Vermont Artisan Tea and Coffee.  Off campus, visit Maglianero Coffee Shop or for a different morning brew blend your own beverage at Dobra Tea.  Near campus, go to Uncommon Grounds or Muddy Waters for the great coffee and the good vibes.

Breakfast: There is “no profit without purpose” at the Skinny Pancake, serving breakfast all day. All of their food is 100% sourced from local farms and producers. There might be a wait at the Penny Cluse Cafe, but it’s well worth it, for the delicious Huevos Rancheros and French Toast that’s off the charts. If you are staying at the Hotel Vermont, roll out of bed and eat well at Juniper.

Lunch: Some of the best pizzas in Burlington can be found at American Flatbread. Go to the Farmhouse Tap and Grill for amazing burgers, available at lunch or dinner. For something more exotic, head to Pho Hong for delicious Vietnamese food.



Casual: Pizzeria Verita serves delicious wood fired pizza’s with gluten free and vegan options available. For a full tequila bar and a locally sourced Mexican menu head to El Cortijo.


A Step Up: The original Hen of the Wood in Waterbury, Vermont is one of Vermont’s best loved restaurants.  The second location, in the Vermont Hotel, continues to showcase only the best locally sourced, seasonal American food they are known for. Highly recommended! Featuring a hand-crafted menu with local and organic ingredients, Revolution Kitchen’s vegetarian menu will win over the biggest carnivore.

Late Night Snack: It all began here - your visit would not be complete without sampling one of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavors from the original location - a renovated gas station in Burlington.

Local Attractions: Do not miss the gorgeous sunset over Lake Champlain. In the warmer months, rent sailboats, paddle boats, kayaks and canoes at Lake Champlain’s Community Sailing Center. The beer scene is big in Burlington; at the Hotel Vermont you can book a Beer Concierge to experience the finest hand crafted distilleries. If you can only visit one, join a free tour, offered everyday, at The Switchback Brewery. The Farmers Market is open every Saturday from May to October and is absolutely worth a visit. Check their schedule for hours/days during the winter. Visit Shelburne Farms, a 1400-acre working farm and National Historic Landmark. Music is a big part of the UVM scene and there are some good spots like Nectar's, Radio Bean, Signal Kitchen and Higher Ground to catch a concert or just a live set.

View from Above


I can’t think of a better place to go to school—the academics are challenging, the student body is laid back, interested and interesting and you get to live in Burlington!!! Hanging at the lakeside, incredible activities no matter what the season, great restaurants—it’s just an awesome college town.
— Tara
Cross country skiing in the winter, hiking and biking in the summer, and Montreal an hours drive away—what could be better—UVM has it all!
— Richard





Rally the Catamount

School Colors

Green & Gold

Acceptance Rate

73% (2016)

Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Action







New England

Admissions Office

194 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401-3596

(p) (802) 656-3370
(f) (802) 656-8611

Ryan Hargraves, Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

John Dewey
Ben Affleck
Mike Gordon

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