List of colleges and universities in Vermont

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In the state of Vermont, United States, there are 23 colleges and universities currently operating. This figure includes one research university, six master's universities, an art school, a culinary school, a law school, and a number of undergraduate associates and baccalaureate colleges. Several institutions chartered in other states also offer degree programs at locations in Vermont.

The state's largest school is its flagship[1] public university, the University of Vermont. The other five 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 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 98 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 (2014) Founded
Bennington College Bennington Private Baccalaureate college 826 1932
Burlington College Burlington Private Baccalaureate college 224 1972
Castleton University Castleton Public Baccalaureate college 2,191 1787
Champlain College Burlington Private Baccalaureate college 2,000 1878
College of St. Joseph Rutland Private
Master's university 350 1956
Community College of Vermont 12 locations Public Associate's college 7,000 1970[7]
Goddard College Plainfield Private Master's university 700 1938
Green Mountain College Poultney Private
Baccalaureate college 710 1834
Johnson State College Johnson Public Master's university 1,661 1828
Landmark College Putney Private Associate's college[8] 500 1984[9]
Lyndon State College Lyndonville Public Baccalaureate college 1,519 1911
Marlboro College Marlboro Private Baccalaureate college 235[10] 1946
Middlebury College Middlebury Private Baccalaureate college 2,484 1800
New England Culinary Institute Montpelier Private
Culinary school 500 1980[11]
Norwich University Northfield Private Master's university 3,400 1819
Saint Michael's College Colchester Private
Baccalaureate college 2,316 1904
SIT Graduate Institute Brattleboro Private Master's university 538 1965[12]
Southern Vermont College Bennington Private Baccalaureate college 460 1926
Sterling College Craftsbury Common Private Baccalaureate college 125 1958
University of Vermont Burlington Public Research university 12,000 1791
Vermont College of Fine Arts Montpelier Private Art school 360 1831[13]
Vermont Law School South Royalton Private Law school 601 1972[14]
Vermont Technical College Randolph Center Public Baccalaureate/associate's college 1,453 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.[15] Several such programs are in operation:

Unaccredited institutions[edit]

The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction is authorized by the state to offer a Masters of Fine Arts program, but it has not been recognized by an accrediting body.

Defunct institutions[edit]

School Location Control Type Founded Closed Ref.
Castleton Medical College Castleton Private Medical school 1818 1862 [20]
Mark Hopkins College Brattleboro Private Uncategorized 1964 1978 [21]
Royalton College South Royalton Private Uncategorized 1966 ? [22]
Vermont Medical College Woodstock Private Medical school 1827 1856 [23]
Windham College Putney Private Uncategorized 1951 1978 [24]
Trinity College of Vermont Burlington Private
Master's university 1925 2001 [25]

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Campus tensions in Connecticut: Searching for Solutions in the Nineties. U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. 1994. p. 1. 
  2. ^ CNN (October 28, 2005). "The 10 most expensive colleges". Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  3. ^ Sterling College. "Mission and History". Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  4. ^ New England Association of Schools and Colleges: Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. "Roster of Institutions". 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. ^ Community College of Vermont. "Facts at a Glance". Retrieved 2007-09-05. 
  8. ^ Landmark began transitioning to a 2- and 4-year college in 2012, with its first bachelor degrees expected to be awarded in 2016.
  9. ^ Landmark College. "The Landmark College Story". Retrieved 2007-09-05. 
  10. ^ The enrollment count for Marlboro College includes 188 students at Marlboro College Graduate Center, which is listed as a separate school in IPEDS.
  11. ^ New England Culinary Institute. "History". Archived from the original on 2007-08-23. Retrieved 2007-09-21. 
  12. ^ School for International Training. "Virtual Campus Tour". Retrieved 2007-09-05. 
  13. ^ Vermont College of Fine Arts. "Vermont College of Fine Arts Progress Report January 2007—January 2008" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  14. ^ Vermont Law School. "VLS Press Kit". Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2007-09-05. 
  15. ^ Vermont Higher Education Council. "Accreditation/Certification". Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  16. ^ Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS). "Vermont Campus". Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  17. ^ Trinity College of Vermont Association of Alumni and Friends. "Trinity Community". Retrieved 2007-09-05. 
  18. ^ Springfield College. "School of Human Services St. Johnsbury, Vermont". Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  19. ^ Union Institute & University. "Locations". Retrieved 2015-05-29. 
  20. ^ Castleton Historical Society. "Castleton Medical College Chapel". Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  21. ^ Ohles, John F. (1982). Private colleges and universities, Volume 1. Greenwood Press. p. 736. ISBN 0-313-23323-3. 
  22. ^ The College Blue Book: Narrative descriptions. Macmillan. 1987. p. 709. ISBN 0-02-695880-5. 
  23. ^ 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. 
  24. ^ Putney Historical Society. "History Timeline 1500s-2004". Retrieved 2007-09-05. 
  25. ^ Trinity College of Vermont Association of Alumni and Friends. "History of Trinity College of Vermont". Retrieved 2007-09-05. 

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