List of colleges and universities in Vermont

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There are 17 currently operating colleges and universities based in the U.S. state of Vermont. This figure includes one research university, three master's universities, an art school, a culinary school, a law school, and a number of undergraduate associates and baccalaureate colleges. Four institutions chartered in other states offer degree programs at locations in Vermont.

The state's largest school is its flagship[1] public university, the University of Vermont. The other four public institutions are organized as the Vermont State Colleges system.

The title of "oldest college in Vermont" is shared by three institutions. Middlebury College was chartered in 1800 and is Vermont's oldest operating college and the first institution to grant an academic degree (1802). Castleton University has its roots in successive institutions dating to 1787. The University of Vermont was chartered in 1791 but did not begin instruction until 1800 or grant a degree until 1804. Vermont's newest college not formed from existing institutions is Landmark College, founded in 1984 to serve students with learning disabilities; it is also the most expensive college in the United States.[2] The smallest college in the state, with 187 students, is Sterling College, a work college focused on environmental studies.[3]

All of these schools are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges,[4] except New England Culinary Institute, which is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology.[5]


University of Vermont
Middlebury College
Castleton University
School Location(s) Control Type[6] Enrollment (2016)[7] Founded
Bennington College Bennington Private Baccalaureate college 805 1932
Castleton University Castleton Public Baccalaureate college 2,342 1787
Champlain College Burlington Private Baccalaureate college 4,778 1878
Community College of Vermont 12 locations Public Associate's college 5,863 1970[8]
Goddard College Plainfield Private Master's university 505 1938
Landmark College Putney Private Baccalaureate/associate's college 468 1984[9]
Middlebury College Middlebury Private Baccalaureate college 2,549 1800
New England Culinary Institute Montpelier Private
Culinary school 300 1980[10]
Northern Vermont University Johnson and Lyndon Public Baccalaureate college 2,700 (est.) 2018
Norwich University Northfield Private Master's university 4,219 1819
Saint Michael's College Colchester Private
Baccalaureate college 2,226 1904
SIT Graduate Institute Brattleboro Private Master's university 294 1965[11]
Sterling College Craftsbury Common Private Baccalaureate college 146 1958
University of Vermont Burlington Public Research university 13,105 1791
Vermont College of Fine Arts Montpelier Private Art school 396 1831[12]
Vermont Law School South Royalton Private Law school 581 1972[13]
Vermont Technical College Randolph Center Public Baccalaureate/associate's college 1,645 1866

Out-of-state institutions[edit]

Out-of-state schools offering degree programs in Vermont must be approved by the Vermont State Board of Education, with input from the Vermont Higher Education Council, whose members include all the colleges and universities in Vermont.[14][15] Several such programs are in operation:

Unaccredited institutions[edit]

Two institutions are authorized by the state to offer degrees, but have not been recognized by an accrediting body:

Defunct institutions[edit]

School Location Control Type Founded Closed Ref.
Burlington College Burlington Private Baccalaureate college 1972 2016 [21]
Castleton Medical College Castleton Private Medical school 1818 1862 [22]
College of St. Joseph Rutland Private
Master's university 1956 2019
Green Mountain College Poultney Private
Baccalaureate college 1834 2019
Johnson State College Johnson Public Baccalaureate college 1828 2018 [23]
Lyndon State College Lyndonville Public Baccalaureate college 1911 2018 [23]
Mark Hopkins College Brattleboro Private Uncategorized 1964 1978 [24]
Marlboro College Marlboro Private Baccalaureate college 1946 2020 Merging with Emerson College [25]
Royalton College South Royalton Private Uncategorized 1966 1982? [26][27]
Southern Vermont College Bennington Private Baccalaureate college 1926 2019
Trinity College of Vermont Burlington Private
Master's university 1925 2001 [28]
Vermont Medical College Woodstock Private Medical school 1827 1856 [29]
Windham College Putney Private Uncategorized 1951 1978 [30]

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. "The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education". Archived from the original on 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2007-09-21.
  • National Center for Education Statistics. "Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System". Retrieved 2007-09-05.
  • U.S. News & World Report. "America's Best Colleges 2008". Retrieved 2007-09-05.
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  3. ^ Sterling College. "Mission and History". Archived from the original on 2007-10-02. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
  4. ^ New England Association of Schools and Colleges: Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. "Roster of Institutions". Archived from the original on 2013-08-28. Retrieved 2008-06-16.
  5. ^ Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology. "School Directory Search". Archived from the original on 2007-07-24. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
  6. ^ School types are based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  7. ^ Enrollment is the total enrollment as reported by IPEDS for fall 2016.
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  15. ^ Vermont Agency of Education. "Postsecondary Education Approval". Archived from the original on 2016-08-12. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
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  28. ^ Trinity College of Vermont Association of Alumni and Friends. "History of Trinity College of Vermont". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-09-05.
  29. ^ Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association (1918). Medical Colleges of the United States and of Foreign Countries. American Medical Association. p. 16.
  30. ^ Putney Historical Society. "History Timeline 1500s-2004". Archived from the original on 2012-09-20. Retrieved 2007-09-05.

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