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Home » About Vermont Tech » VAST Orientation

VAST Orientation

Congratulations on your acceptance to the Vermont Academy of Science and Technology, Class of 2014. VAST is a selective and highly regarded program – gaining admission is an accomplishment you can be proud of! 

Orientation is a first step to insuring a successful year and is therefore mandatory for all VAST students. If there is any issue with being able to attend, please call Susan Polen, VAST Director, immediately at 802-728-1312. Details regarding orientation sessions, for both parents and students, can be found below.

There are two things you need to do if you will attend the Randolph campus. Williston VAST students need only do the first:
  • Please confirm your attendance at the VAST orientation by emailing Susan Polen, VAST Director, at Please include in that email how many parents will be attending.

  • Register for the New Student Orientation, Session 2, on June 27 and 28. You must also register for this as well as attending the VAST orientation! (Randolph Campus VAST students only.)

VAST Parent Orientation: Wednesday, June 26, 9 am - 4 pm

As parents of VAST students, your understanding of the program, your questions and your concerns are slightly different than parents of other new students. Therefore, we have developed a separate and specific orientation for VAST parents. Parent orientation is a full day of informational meetings, starting at 9a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. The day begins with sessions including both parents and students and we will wrap-up the day will be parent-only sessions.
Please note: VAST parents do not need to attend the parent session scheduled for Session 2 of Orientation on June 27!

There is a $10 fee for each parent or guardian as student fees cannot be used to pay for non-student costs. This fee covers the cost of the continental breakfast and lunch. This will be collected upon arrival via either cash or check. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept credit cards for this fee.

Throughout the day, you will hear from:
  • Registrar
  • Academic Dean’s Office
  • Center for Academic Success
  • Financial Aid
  • Student Accounts
  • Student Life
  • Student Affairs
  • Public Safety
  • VAST Director
  • Vermont Technical College President
The purpose of the VAST Parent Orientation is for you to know the program, feel good about sending your son or daughter here, as well as know how to most appropriately assist them during the year. There will be plenty of time to ask questions and speak with each of these representatives.

VAST student Orientation: Wednesday, June 26 - Friday, June 28

  • June 26 @ 9 am – June 27 @ noon: All VAST students - Randolph and Williston Campuses
  • June 27-28 @ noon: Randolph Campus VAST students join other new students for Orientation Session #2  (Please register on-line for session 2)
  • August 16: Williston Campus VAST orientation along with other new students
  • August 16-18: Randolph Campus - Welcome Weekend

Wednesday, June 26
9 - 10 am - Check in to your room - There will be signs directing you where to park and then folks in the parking lot to  direct you to the dorm where you will drop off your things before the sessions start at 10am

10 am -  Noon - Sessions for both parents and students in the Campus Center.

Noon - 1 p.m. - Lunch

1pm - 8 pm - Team building and fun! - After lunch, we will go to Boulder Beach to do some team building and make use of the beautiful lake to have fun with paddle boards, kayaks and canoes. (Lessons available) We will have a BBQ dinner there before returning to campus. Dress accordingly and be sure to bring a suit and towel!

8 - 9 pm - Session with staff and VAST alumni: Avoiding pitfalls and dorm rules during orientation.

9 p.m. - Down time. 

11 p.m. - Quiet hours begin.

Thursday, June 27
7:30 -8:30am - Breakfast in Morey Dining Hall.

8:30 -noon - Meet in the Center for Academic Success with math and English tutors, counselors, and making or discussing fall semester schedules, time management strategies.

Noon – Randolph  Campus VAST students join Session #2 New Student Orientation in the Campus Center. Williston campus students depart. (Williston campus orientation is Friday, August 16.)

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