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Information for NVU-Lyndon New Students

USEFUL INFORMATION FOR NEW STUDENTS

Through community service learning, volunteer hours, and program planning, NVU-Lyndon students have many opportunities to help support the community and different initiatives. Some of the events we host include Jump Rope for Heart, the Color Run, and Habitat for Humanity, just to name a few. The members of Community Service Learning/A.S.S.I.S.T. are always looking for ways to contribute to our community and invite students to their weekly meeting, if you have an idea for how we can give back bring it to our weekly meeting. For more information, email ServiceLearning@NorthernVermont.edu or join the Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/LSCServiceLearning/.

Just because you don’t live on campus, doesn’t mean you can’t be a part of NVU-Lyndon campus life. The NVU-Lyndon Commuter Student Program brings events, a student group, and programming just for commuter students. You’ll get to meet other commuters and share your experience with the Commuter Student Advisory Board. Contact Commuter@NorthernVermont.edu.

The mission of the Student Activities and Leadership Center (SALC Office) at NVU-Lyndon is to engage students to life outside the classroom through programs, leadership training and extra-curricular involvement.

The SALC Office is a resource for all students who want to get involved on campus in the Student Government Association (SGA), Campus Activities Board (CAB), student clubs, leadership programs, work study, or off-campus opportunities. Student leaders in SGA and CAB hold weekly office hours in this space and are available to answer any questions or take any suggestions you may have for either group.

The office is located on the 2nd floor of Vail just past the Hornet’s Nest and is open typical business hours during the week. There is also a student lounge in this space where students frequently do homework, work together on projects, or eat meals and relax between classes.

Read more about some of our student groups.

Campus Activities Board (CAB)

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is a student-run organization that brings entertaining and educational events to the NVU-Lyndon community. The CAB has hosted comedians, hypnotists, magicians, and a cappella groups, as well as interactive events where you can express your creativity and athleticism! Most CAB events are free and open to all students, faculty, staff, and their friends and families.

Drop by the SALC Office or attend a weekly CAB meeting to share your thoughts on what would like to see on campus. Check out LyndonCAB.com for information on upcoming events and how you can get involved!

Student Government Association (SGA)

The Student Government Association (SGA) at NVU-Lyndon strives to promote the educational, social, and general welfare of students on the Lyndon campus and anticipates and stimulates the interests of students through the use of student-run clubs and activities. Students have the opportunity to participate as elected representatives, lead as executive board members, and share their concerns with the student body. First-year students have the ability to represent their class as a voting member of the SGA, so if you were involved with or interested in student council in high school, SGA may be the group for you!

Leadership Programs

The SALC office hosts a variety of leadership workshops throughout the year geared towards helping students develop various skills to be successful in their co-curricular activities. Topics range from the basics on how to get involved on campus to learning about leadership styles to preparing to job search and build resumes using leadership experience.

NVU-Lyndon also hosts the annual Student Leadership Conference at the beginning of February and draws students, faculty, and staff from colleges and universities across the state of Vermont. The conference gives students the opportunity to develop leadership skills as well as network with other college students.

Student Activities Shuttle

Every semester, the SALC Office runs a series of small shuttle trips to various places in Vermont and New Hampshire to give students the opportunity to experience local attractions, run errands, shop in a new town, enjoy the outdoor activities that they love, and more! The shuttle also runs on the Friday before break and the Sunday at the end of break to and from the Montpelier Amtrak train station and the Concord Coach bus Station in Littleton, NH to help students with break travel.

Medical Requirements

In addition to student health services requirements, all student-athletes must complete:
Documents (to be submitted to the athletic training staff)

  • Physical examination completed within 6 months of first day of participation in varsity athletics.
  • Fall sports: physicals must be dated on/after March 1 and submitted by August 1.
  • Winter sports: physicals must be dated on/after April 15 and submitted by August 15.
  • Spring sports: physicals must be dated on/after March 1 and submitted by August 15.
  • Sickle cell blood test results (Test may be waived with a letter from the primary care physician).
  • Copy of Health Insurance card (front and back).
  • SportsWare account completed and printed prior to on-campus screening.

Screening (conducted with the athletic training staff)

  • On-campus athletic training screening (including baseline concussion testing) during scheduled times.
  • Must have all above documents on file prior to screening.

Find more specific instructions and more information regarding medical requirements here.

Academic Eligibility

Full-time (12 credit hours or more) student- athletes in their first semester are eligible to play sports. After completion of the first semester, student-athletes must maintain specific standards to remain academically eligible:

  • Through the first 29 credits (freshman year): 1.75 GPA
  • Above 30 credits (sophomore and up): 2.00 GPA
  • Maintain an average of 12 earned credits (minimum) per full time semester
  • Enroll in 12 credits (minimum) during each semester of participation

All first-semester student-athletes and all student-athletes with a GPA under 2.5 must attend study hall six hours per week. Study hall may be completed in the library, with a tutor, or other academically appropriate setting (music room, math lab, professor’s office, etc.).

Learn more about about eligibility, and other resources for student-athletes here.

All transfer students must complete the medical requirements listed above (even if you submitted them to your previous school – medical information does not transfer). Initial academic eligibility is determined by academic standing at your previous institution. After initial enrollment (in your second semester and beyond) at NVU-Lyndon, the academic eligibility standards listed above apply.

Health and Counseling Information

Health and counseling services are offered at no cost to NVU-Lyndon students. Students are encouraged to make appointments, but walk-ins are sometimes possible.

Office hours are 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. During weekend and evening hours, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Emergency provides service to students in need of immediate attention. Transportation can be provided if needed either by Lyndon Rescue or students. Speaking with your Resident Hall Director or Resident Assistant to arrange transportation.

Health forms are mandatory. Submit your forms to the Health and Counseling Center before the first day of classes. You can find the health form in the Next Stop booklet. Vermont law requires immunizations to be on file with Health Services. You are required to attach proof of Insurance to the health form. If you do not have health insurance, you will be required to purchase coverage through NVU.

Immunization Requirements

  • three Hepatitis B
  • two Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
  • two Varicella Vaccines (Chicken Pox) or signed physician form indicating date of disease
  • one Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis)
  • one Meningococcal Vaccine and 1 booster( if first one given before age 16)

Academic Support, Advising Resources, and Career Services

We’re here to support your success. Here are the top ten things you should know about academic support at NVU-Lyndon:
1. Tutoring is free for all students.
2. Most students at Lyndon come in for some kind of academic support during their years here. The ones who do can be found on the Dean’s and President’s Lists every term. Academic Support is for students who want to maximize their success in college at every level.
3. We have snacks. Free snacks.
4. Are you more successful when you use specific strategies and resources to tackle your academic load? (And who isn’t?) We can help with that.
5. Think assistive technology is cool? (Because it totally is.) Come check it out.
6. Find financial aid a total mystery? Want some friendly tips on sources of money you might not know about? This is the place!
7. Don’t know how to look up grades, program evaluations, course listings, advisor contacts, degree requirements, or any of the other things you’re being told to do? We can help with that, too.
8. Looking for tools to make your course selection and weekly or semester planning easier? We have those.
9. Looking for work study, on-campus, or off-campus jobs? Need help with choosing or changing your major, writing a resume, searching for careers? Come see us!
10. Feeling really overwhelmed? You don’t have to know what your question is to get help here. We specialize in working with students to articulate needs, goals, and action plans. Just come in and we will connect you with the right person and resources.

Contact us at LyndonAcademicSupport@NorthernVermont.edu

About NVU-Lyndon Residential Life

Living on campus provides a sense of community, access to clubs and organizations, activities as well as a chance to really connect with NVU-Lyndon and your peers. The university assigns rooms and roommates without regard to race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, ableism, or country of national origin.

Housing Guidelines

Learn about Northern Vermont University’s housing policies here.

How to Apply for Housing

New students can find information about applying for housing as well as the NVU Housing Application on the New Student Checklist on the VSCS portal.

Housing Assignments

Housing assignments for students on both campuses are issued during the summer for students who have completed all of the required paperwork by indicated deadlines. You will be informed by email when your assignment is available, or you can check this web page (log in required). 

Life in the Residence Halls

While living on campus can be a fun and rewarding, it also has its challenges. That’s why we make support available to our students.
The residence hall staff is ready to answer questions, discuss personal concerns, and assist in making residential life as comfortable and safe as possible.

Each set of residence halls on the Lyndon campus has a live-in Residence Hall Director (RHD) and a staff of Resident Assistants (RAs). RHDs are professional staff members who hold undergraduate degrees and who have participated in a comprehensive training program.

Features of Residence Halls

All residence hall rooms are supplied with the following for each roommate:

  • A twin bed
  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Chest of drawers or wardrobe combination

Each room also contains:

  • One cable TV jack
  • One telephone jack and
  • One internet jack & wi-fi internet

Each individual residence hall has its own character and attributes. All of our residence halls are designated non-smoking areas.

There are six residence halls located in the Stonehenge complex, Wheelock Hall located in the center of campus, the Rita Bole complex offers apartment-style housing for upper class students.

Information about Residence Halls

For first-year students under 21 years of age:

Whitelaw/Crevecoeur
Located in the Stonehenge complex, Whitelaw and Crevecoeur are joined by a connecting entryway and serve as first-year residence halls. Both of these buildings are suite-style residence halls with seven double rooms per suite with a kitchenette area (sink, refrigerator, and cabinets) and a bathroom. Whitelaw has seven suites and Crevecoeur has five. Whitelaw and Crevecoeur share a student lounge with a laundry room, game tables, television, kitchen, study room, and vending machines located on the first floor of Crevecoeur.

For first-year students over 21 years of age:
Wheelock Hall

Located in the center of campus, Wheelock Hall is a mixed upper-class and first year building. The building has 14 suites with four rooms in each suite. The suites share a bathroom and common area that has lounge furniture and tables. The basement of the building has a kitchen (Stove, sink, refrigerator, and cabinets), laundry room, gaming tables, a bike rack, and study space.

Arnold/Bayley Hall
Located in the Stonehenge complex, Arnold and Bayley Hall are joined by a connecting entryway and are mixed upper-class and first year buildings. Each building has suites that have seven student rooms (two singles, four doubles, and one triple) with 13 students per suite. Each suite is equipped with a kitchenette area (sink, refrigerator, and cabinets) and a bathroom. Arnold has six suites and Bayley has five. Located on the first floor of Arnold Hall is the student lounge, laundry room, game tables, television, kitchen, study room, and vending machines. In Arnold Hall there a floor is dedicated to transfer students. Bayley Hall is a 24-hour quiet hall, for those students who desire a lower-volume living experience.

For upper-class students:
Poland/Rogers Hall
Located in Stonehenge complex, Poland and Rogers Hall are connected residence halls offering upper-class residency. Each building has suites that have seven student rooms (two singles, four doubles, and one triple) with 13 students per suite. Each suite is equipped with a kitchenette area (sink, refrigerator, and cabinets) and a bathroom. Poland has six suites and Rogers has five. Located on the first floor of Rogers Hall is a student lounge, kitchen, laundry room, game tables, television, study room and vending machines.

Rita Bole Complex
The newest residence hall complex on campus is named after Rita L. Bole, the first president of Lyndon. This residence hall offers apartment-style suites with six bedrooms, a living room, dining area, full kitchen, and two private bathrooms. There are twenty two suites housing six students each. All the bedrooms in Rita Bole are single rooms. The complex is also home to a student lounge, laundry room, game room, televisions, and a common lounge kitchen. These apartment suites have the option to be gender neutral; both men and women can live in the same suite.

Questions about living on campus? Email ResidentialLife@NorthernVermont.edu.