Outdoor Experience Community

Our residence halls—often a student's first home away from home—is where our staff guides students to learn more about themselves and their peers.

In this setting, we help form our students into leaders on campus and beyond by developing them to engage with difference. Their meaningful and significant residential experience has the power to shift the perception and reputation of our university.

Mission and Vision

Guided by our values, the UVM Department of Residential Life supports the holistic development of residential students by providing a safe and inclusive learning environment. We leverage innovative and proven practices to create communities where students are healthy, engaged, and successful.


Our Values

Innovation: Informed by best practices and leading assessment efforts, we bring together the best minds to create an impactful, dynamic, and meaningful residential experience.

Collaboration: Driven by a deep-rooted dedication and sense of responsibility to our students, we come together across teams and departments to support their academic and social success.

Equity and Inclusion: We prioritize and commit to supporting student learning across different identities, cultures, and backgrounds. The diversity of experience and identities present on a college campus—and within a residence hall—provides a unique opportunity to develop the skills, attitudes, and relationships necessary to successfully engage and positively impact a changing society.

Community: Our residence halls are more than places to sleep. We develop and emphasize strong communities where all are welcomed and relationships are developed. Residentially based courses, the presence of faculty and staff, theme-based programming, and intentional community-building opportunities allow students to learn where they live.