Vermonters in UVM freshman class up 8% – but still less than one in five

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The University of Vermont’s incoming freshman class shows an 8% increase in the number of students from Vermont compared to last year, a UVM spokesperson said. 

Eighteen percent of students in next year’s class are projected to be from Vermont, an increase of 8% compared to last year’s incoming class; 139 are Catamount Commitment scholars, a program that covers tuition and fees for federal Pell Grant-eligible Vermonters; and 39 are Green & Gold scholars, representing over 60% of the highest-achieving students in the state.

Also, 40% of incoming Vermont students will pay no tuition this fall.

The university froze tuition in 2019. Both out-of-state and Vermont students will pay tuition rates that have not increased for five academic years.

The UVM Promise, announced last fall, provides additional financial assistance to Vermont families trying to meet the soaring cost of a quality education. Beginning this fall, admitted undergraduate students from Vermont whose household adjusted gross income is $60,000 or less are receiving federal, state and institutional grants and scholarships to cover full tuition and the comprehensive fee.

Other demographic info about the freshman class, as shared by UVM:

  • UVM’s admission rate this year is 60%, matching last year’s rate as the most selective in recent university history.
  • 16% of the class identifies as BIPOC, making it UVM’s most diverse first-year class.
  • 11% of class members are first-generation college students, a continued increase over previous years’ admitted classes.
  • International students increased by 37% compared to last year’s class.
  • 50% of students will come from outside of New England, a result of the university’s efforts to expand its applicant pool beyond the northeast.
  • Members of the class of 2027 will represent 45 states and 23 countries.
  • The class includes 8% more men compared to last year, beginning to reverse a national trend also reflected at UVM that shows fewer and fewer men attending college.

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  1. I intentionally sent my daughter to an out of state college to see the real world. The good, the bad and the ugly. I also sent her to a college that would respect her rights to decide what to do with her body. No forced vacation for admission. I gladly gave up the scholarship she received from another Vermont college to protect her right to choose.