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Lyndon First Year

North is collaboration. Exploration. Community.

Your time at college is a time of change, challenge, and growth. And your experiences during this critical time will form the foundation of your academic and personal success. The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon First-Year Experience staff will help you, our new students (first year and transfer), identify the resources you need to succeed and help you settle into life at NVU-Lyndon.

As you become part of the NVU-Lyndon community, you’ll make friends with other students and build connections with faculty and staff in departments across campus.

We have answers to your questions about academic advising, residential life and health services, campus organizations, community service projects, and all the other opportunities available to you at NVU-Lyndon.

The First-Year Experience staff is here to help you reach your goal of finishing your degree program and becoming a college graduate.

NVU-Lyndon First-Year Experience Programs

Summer SOAR

Summer SOAR is broken up into two parts.

Virtual SOAR

This online learning course offers access to several informational and learning modules to orient you to life at Northern Vermont University. These modules include video presentations from staff and students on information related to Academic Advising, Academic Support Services, Student and Residence Life, First year programming, Public Safety, Athletics, Dining Services and Student Financial and Billing Services.

Virtual SOAR kicks off in July with an official welcome from your Orientation Team and an introduction to the SOAR online course. You will also meet your Peer Leader at this virtual kick-off event.

All enrolled students are automatically enrolled into SOAR and are expected to participate in this online course prior to their arrival in August.

Campus SOAR

Spend the day with us on campus, meet with staff and faculty, connect with fellow first-year students and your campus Peer Leaders. Use this day to also take care of any academic, financial or housing business before you arrive in August.

Dates, details, and more.

Fall Orientation

By participating in a three-day program, you’ll dive deep into college life at Fall Orientation. You’ll do the basics such as getting your photo ID, mailbox key, and parking permit. The kick-off also includes a welcome from various members of the NVU community, a meeting with students in your residence hall, and sessions on time and stress management, roommate relationships, community policies and expectations, and other topics.

The long weekend also features a lot of fun activities that are campus traditions, from the Hornet Olympics and a pop-culture variety show to a soccer match and dance party.

Specifics and a schedule are still being planned at this time.

Dates, details, and more.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week gives you the opportunity to learn about the many campus resources to support you while you’re here and celebrate the start of the academic year. Various campus offices and departments sponsor events to help you get to know staff and learn more about what’s available.

Peer Leaders

All new NVU-Lyndon students are connected with a peer leader – a current NVU student who can help you get acclimated to life on the Lyndon campus. You’ll meet your peer leader at SOAR and reconnect at Fall Kick-Off. Each peer leader mentors a small group of students — your peer group— to keep them on track in their first year.

Your peer leader will participate in your first-year seminar class, check-in with you a few weeks after the semester starts, again at mid-semester, and arrange academic support if appropriate. Peer leaders have office hours in the Student Life Office, so it’s easy for you to schedule one-on-one time.

First-Year Seminar

This required seminar, which offers academic credit, is usually related to your major. Each week, staff from a different office will make a presentation, so you’ll learn more about academic advising and support, course registration, athletics, financial aid, library and IT services, and other departments. With this information, you’ll create a handbook of resources to use while you’re here.

January SOAR

For first-year or transfer students who start at NVU-Lyndon in the spring semester, our virtual January SOAR program offers sessions on financial aid, academic advising and support, and other important information. You’ll be welcomed to campus by the NVU Community and get to know other new students and Peer Leaders.

Dates, details, and more.


We’re here to help.

Email or call us at 802.626.6417