Top Frequently Asked Questions

It’s as easy as registering for a course that interests you. Or you may want to schedule an appointment with an advisor to review your academic background and explore your options. We offer hundreds of credit and non-credit courses throughout the year to help you get started.

Once you complete the pre-registration form, you will receive an email from UVM’s Registrar’s office with more details on how to activate your account and register for a credit course. If you are registering for a non-credit course, you will also receive an email with more details about the course start date and any additional details to help you prepare for your course.

An advisor can help you find a course or program to meet your needs. Every semester, we offer a variety of credit and non-credit courses and programs.

We understand the challenge of combining work, school, and family. We offer a variety of flexible courses online and on-campus, as well as start times and dates. Online courses that have live sessions or live guest speakers will also offer a recording of the live session if you are unable to join at the designated time.

Professional and Continuing Education students in a required course of study leading to a degree may be eligible for Stafford Loans. In addition, VSAC sponsors a non-degree grant program for eligible students. Read more about financial aid.

Employees or dependents of UVM employees may be eligible to receive UVM tuition remission. Review the tuition remission guidelines and policies from the UVM Student Financial Services.

Credit Certificate: A certificate results in college credit and consists of several credit courses. For example, the Certificate of Graduate Study in Epidemiology is an 18-credit certificate, which requires two courses in each of the core areas of Epidemiology and Public Health Biostatistics, plus two electives.

Certificate: A non-credit certificate does not result in college credit. A non-credit certificate could include one course or several courses to constitute a certificate. For example, the End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate is an eight-week online course resulting in a non-credit certificate.

University Coursework: A course or courses taken at UVM result in college credit. High school students take university coursework resulting in college credit through the UVM Pre-College program, or adult learners take a course as a non-degree student while exploring a new interest area.

Graduate Program: Offered through one of the University of Vermont colleges or the Robert Larner College of Medicine, graduate programs result in a degree. Examples of graduate programs include the online Master of Public Health program from the College of Medicine or the Master of Education in Special Education from the College of Education and Social Services.

Workshop: Training or learning opportunities offered in person or online for individuals or as a cohort through UVM’s Employer Partnership program.

Conference: Researchers, instructors, experts, and attendees gather for conferences in person, online, or both, around a topic area. An example of a conference is the premiere Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference, which brings together professionals working in higher education institutions from across the country to discuss legal topics impacting college campuses.

Course sequences or certificates allow you to complete a concentrated series of courses in a specific field. They are a good way to transition to a new career path or acquire specific training that can result in professional advancement. Courses in a sequence or certificate can often be applied toward a UVM degree program.

You won’t be alone. More than 1,500 adult and part-time students enroll in classes at UVM.  All students have access to a wide range of campus and student services. Check out UVM Office of Student and Community Relations for more information.

The Annual Public Safety Report and Fire Safety Report (Clery) provide information on campus safety and fire safety policies, practices, and programs, as well as information on crime and fire statistics. You can find these reports at

After you complete your non-credit course or certificate registration, you will receive an email confirming your registration and important details about your course.  This will be information that you will need to refer back to, so we recommend you save your confirmation email. You will receive login information and instructions to access the program via email, 1 week before the program start date.

You can withdraw from a course by following the detailed instructions on the Registrar’s website found here:

You can chat with us Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST via the chat functionality on this website if you have additional questions, or call 800-639-3210 or 802-656-2085.