honors college seems pretty legit. more work to do for sure, especially when you're a senior. i believe that all honors college students must write a final thesis, but im not positive.
just curious, but how would you be considering UVM for financial reasons? UVM is fairly expensive, especially for a state school. i dont think you can move there as a student and become a resident since your permanent address will technically be wherever your home is, unless you pay for an apartment off campus in addition to your dorm fees, which would be extremely expensive.
ill pitch UVM to you. as with any school, you find the kids you like, and the kids you dont like. i have had a great experience here, and been able to meet people i never would have met that i am far more similar to than some friends back home. the nearby skiing options (jay, mrg, sugarbush, stowe) are some of if not the best options in the east, plus if you're into it, there is some incredible backcountry and sidecountry spots to ski. there are always options, whether its with a club or friends, to get outside, check out the mountains or the lake and explore vermont, but you just have to find them. clubs are the way to go...great way to find a little niche and meet some cool, or weird people with similar interests. get yourself off campus often after the first few weeks to experience what burlington is really like, and eventually, to learn more about vermont and what it has to offer.
as far as classes go, the difficulty varies. you could have shitty teachers in all of your intro classes, or have good teachers which will definitely make the classes better.
i guess what im saying sort of pertains to any college of the same size, but UVM and burlington and vermont have so many options and thats really what you have to take advantage of while your in school here, if you do chose to come. but i have had no regrets since ive been here, at least that i could think of while ive been typing this.