Burlington College

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Burlington College
Seal of Burlington College
Motto "Start a fire."
Type Private
Established 1972
President Carol A Moore, PhD
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 200+
Postgraduates 30+
Location Burlington, Vermont, U.S.
Campus 6 acre campus in Burlington
Website www.burlington.edu

Burlington College is a private liberal arts college located in Burlington, Vermont, that offers Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's degrees, as well as several professional certificate. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.


Burlington College started in 1972 as the Vermont Institute of Community Involvement.[1] A tiny handful of students met in the living room of founder Dr. Steward LaCasce.[1] It served adult learners.[1]

The college was not accredited until the 1980s.[1]

In 2007 the College had 204 students at its main campus in buildings in downtown Burlington. Since most were part-time, this worked out to 130 "full-time equivalents". An additional 30 students studied off-campus.[1]


  1. 1972-1994 Dr. J. Steward LaCasce
  2. 1994-2002 Dr. Daniel Casey
  3. 2002-2003 Mary Clancy[2][3]
  4. 2004-2011 Dr. Jane O’Meara Sanders
  5. 2012–2014 Christine Plunkett[4]
  6. September–December 2014 Michael Smith (Interim)
  7. 2014–Present Dr. Carol A. Moore


Main Campus, Burlington College

In 2010, Burlington College announced its intention to purchase the property of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington for use as its main campus. The college, having sold its former campus to the Committee for Temporary Shelter (COTS), a welfare agency, and finalized its purchase of 32.4 acres of waterfront Diocese property in early 2011. In 2015, the college arranged to sell a parcel of land to a local developer as well as the former Diocesan orphanage attached to the office and classroom building. The developer, Farrell Real Estate, has drafted a master plan which will convert the orphanage to student housing, approximately sixty-four units of studio and one bedroom apartments. The college now retains the original Archdiocese building for classrooms, studios, art rooms, film and radio, laboratories, etc., and the surrounding property. There are also two acres of property designated as public use land.


Burlington College offers a span of undergraduate programs in the arts, writing and literature, film studies, photography, fine arts, legal studies, transpersonal psychology/psychology, human services, media activism, graphic design and an individualized undergraduate and graduate degree program. The college offers students study abroad options within Europe, and in 2008, Burlington College became one of the very few universities in the United States to offer a study abroad program in Havana, Cuba in conjunction with the University of Havana. Students have the ability to spend a semester at the university or take one of several one-week trips offered throughout the academic year.

In connection with the undergraduate legal studies program, Burlington College holds an articulation agreement with Vermont Law School which allows Burlington College graduates to proceed into the Juris Doctor and Joint Juris Doctor programs at Vermont Law School upon successful completion of their undergraduate studies. Burlington College also offers an affiliation with the Vermont Woodworking School in Fairfax. The courses in woodworking and fine craftsmanship are offered for credit to support both certificate, Associate and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs. In addition to woodworking skills, students take the usual general education requirements of the college. The degree can be taken on campus, at a distance, or in combination. Burlington College offers a low-residency Master of Arts degree. The degree is individualized and tailored to meet the academic needs and focus of individual graduate students.


In August 2011, The Daily Beast and Newsweek ranked Burlington College as the #1 School in the United States for Free Spirited Students.[5] And in October 2013, Newsweek named Burlington College as the ten colleges in the United States to have the highest rate of participation in student internships in their study field.[6]

Institute for Civic Engagement[edit]

The Institute for Civic Engagement is a consortium of scholars, engaged citizens, artists, scientists, writers and students, dedicated to the ideals of participatory community involvement and the essential importance of an informed, critical, and active citizenry. Both local and global in constitution and intent, the Institute addresses questions of pertinent social interest to: to stimulate dialogue, to present balanced scholarship, encourage critical analysis in students and citizenry, and to foster active participation in the complex and ongoing process of growth and reform. [7]

Institute for Contemplative Studies[edit]

The Institute for Contemplative Studies is dedicated to the study of the underlying philosophy, psychology, and practices of the contemplative tradition, across time and culture. Our faculty teaches a broad array of courses that investigate such diverse areas as yoga, Buddhism, and Christian contemplative practice. Students combine a "third-person" academic approach with “first-person" practical experience; this affords an integrated understanding of the value and role of contemplative thought and practice for individuals and societies alike.


  1. ^ a b c d e Smith, Robert (October 2007). "Q&A: Jane Sanders, Burlington College". Vermont Business Magazine. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  2. ^ http://www.vermontbiz.com/article/march/news-briefs
  3. ^ "Burlington College Faces A Crossroads - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports". Wcax.com. 2003-06-07. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  4. ^ The History of Burlington College, Vermont. Burlington.edu (1972-08-31). Retrieved on 2014-04-12.
  5. ^ "Free-Spirited Students". Archived from the original on October 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/the-short-list-college/articles/2013/10/22/10-colleges-with-the-highest-rate-of-student-internships.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "The Institute for Civic Engagement | Burlington College". Burlington.edu. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 

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Coordinates: 44°29′28″N 73°13′42″W / 44.4912°N 73.2282°W / 44.4912; -73.2282