Vermont Colleges & Universities

Find the Vermont college or university that’s right for you

The Vermont Department of Labor projects that by the year 2024, 70% of high growth-high wage jobs will require a postsecondary degree or credential of value. The Department also  projects that by that time, Vermont will have nearly 3,300 new job openings each year—due to both growth and replacing retiring workers—that require at least a postsecondary certificate degree.

The State of Vermont offers plenty of opportunities to get a 2-year, 4-year, or graduate-level degree—with 22 colleges and universities as well as 4 out-of-state colleges with campuses in Vermont.

Click on the tabs below to find the Vermont college or university that might be right for you. Or, learn more about short-term career training options.

COMMUNITY COLLEGES & COLLEGES OFFERING ASSOCIATE DEGREES

 

Castleton University

College type: Public, offering associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, and certificate programs

Size: Small (1,000–5,000 students)

Year founded: 1787

Location: Castleton, Vermont

What they offer: Castleton University, one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States, emphasizes undergraduate liberal arts and professional education while also offering selected graduate programs. The University is dedicated to the intellectual and personal growth of students through excellence in teaching, close student-faculty interaction, numerous opportunities for outside-the-classroom learning, and an active and supportive campus community. Castleton strives to learn, use, and teach sustainable practices. The University prepares its graduates for meaningful careers; further academic pursuits; and engaged, environmentally responsible citizenship. As a member of the Vermont State Colleges, Castleton is committed to supporting and improving the region’s communities, schools, organizations, businesses, and environment.

Champlain College

College type: Private, offering associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, and certificate programs

Size: Small (1,000–5,000 students)

Year founded: 1878

Location: Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Dublin, Ireland, and Montreal, Quebec

What they offer: Champlain College is a private baccalaureate institution focused on offering a career-accelerated education that leads to real opportunities in the marketplace and provides students with one of the most comprehensive educations available anywhere. Champlain College's signature entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to professional preparation, nationally-acclaimed Core Curriculum, and tradition of working with students individually combine to create an education that is truly like no other. Through Champlain's distinctive, experience-based approach to education, students learn real skills and get real experience.

College of St. Joseph

The College of St. Joseph announced that it would be closing as of May 2019. Read the President’s message > 

Students: Please call VSAC at 877-961-4369 for:

  • questions about your grants, scholarships, and loans
  • help with choosing a transfer school or program

 

Community College of Vermont

College type: Public, community college offering associate degree and certificate programs

College size: Medium (5,000–15,000 students)

Year founded: 1970

Locations: Academic centers across Vermont in: Bennington, Brattleboro, Middlebury, Montpelier, Morrisville, Newport, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, St. Johnsbury, Upper Valley, and Winooski and online learning options

What they offer: Community College of Vermont (or CCV) is a nonresidential college providing an affordable education to 7,000 students each semester. CCV’s open admissions policy and broad transfer opportunities make it possible for everyone to access higher education. CCV has transfer agreements with 20+ 4-year colleges, including the University of Vermont and the Vermont State Colleges. With 12 locations and extensive online learning options, students don’t have to travel far from their communities to access degree and certificate programs, continuing education opportunities, and academic support services. Whether you want an associate degree or just a few classes, you can start your college education at CCV.

Northern Vermont University–Johnson

College type: Public, offering associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, and certificate programs

Size: Small (1,000–5,000 students)

Year founded: 1828

Location: Johnson, Vermont

What they offer: NVU–Johnson’s campus, designated by COPLAC as Vermont’s premier public liberal arts institution, offers an immersive, high-impact, liberal arts experience that prepares you to thrive in an ever-changing world. Opportunities for hands-on research working side-by-side with your professors, domestic and international student exchanges, and internships ground your education in real-world experience that will make you stand out in the job market after graduation. . Off campus, the award-winning External Degree Program offers online courses and weekend-only classes in 4 Vermont communities for students who are completing a bachelor’s degree. NVU–Johnson programs blend career-focused study with the breadth and depth of the liberal arts, developing skills in critical thinking, teamwork, and sensitivity to diverse cultures and perspectives.

Landmark College

College type: Private, offering associate and bachelor’s degrees, and a certificate program

Size: Very small (<1,000 students)

Year founded: 1985

Location: Putney, Vermont

What they offer: Landmark College, a global leader of integrated teaching methods for students with learning disabilities (like dyslexia), ADHD, and ASD, offers 2- and 4-year degree options and summer programs for high school and visiting college students. Students, faculty, and other professionals from all over the world are drawn to Landmark College for its innovative educational model, which has been developed over nearly 3 decades of working with students who learn differently. Landmark’s curriculum, designed for students to master academic skills and strategies in a way that builds from semester to semester, helps them become confident, self-empowered, and independently successful learners.

Northern Vermont University–Lyndon

College type: Public, offering associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, and certificate programs

Size: Small (1,000–5,000 students)

Year founded: 1911

Location: Lyndonville, Vermont

What they offer: The NVU–Lyndon campus, located in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, offers distinct professional programs based in a liberal arts core, programs such as mountain recreation management, atmospheric sciences, electronic journalism arts, and exercise science to prepare you for success. NVU–Lyndon features hands-on, experiential learning, one-on-one personal attention, and an enviable job placement record. NVU–Lyndon offers a tight-knit, active community that is focused on opportunity and personal success. Lyndon’s friendly community of 1,500 students is located just 10 minutes from world-class mountain biking and winter sports: They are Vermont’s adventure recreation campus.

New England Culinary Institute

College type: Private, offering associate and bachelor’s degrees, and certificate programs

Size: Very small (< 1,000 students)

Year founded: 1980

Location: Montpelier, Vermont

What they offer: New England Culinary Institute (or NECI) is a leading standards-based culinary college on the forefront of exciting changes in the way people grow, cook, prepare, and serve food. Small classes, hands-on learning, and personal attention—for over 30 years this unique apprenticeship model has been the New England Culinary Institute’s recipe for success. With over 50 faculty members serving a student body of less than 300 students in residence, NECI students receive a level of personal attention and instruction that inspires them throughout their careers.

Southern Vermont College

Southern Vermont College announced that it would be closing as of May 2019. Read the President’s message > 

Students: Please call VSAC at 877-961-4369 for:

  • questions about your grants, scholarships, and loans
  • help with choosing a transfer school or program

 

Vermont Technical College

College type: Public, offering associate and bachelor’s degrees

Size: Small (1,000– 5,000 students)

Year founded: 1866

Location: Randolph Center, Vermont and Williston, Vermont, and a nursing program offered at 10 sites throughout the state.

What they offer: Unique among its peers, Vermont Tech offers a learning experience unlike any other in Vermont: focused classroom instruction interwoven with real-time, hands-on experience taught by professors who are experts in their field. As Vermont’s only technical college, we take our mission to produce competent, thoughtful, and resourceful members of tomorrow’s workforce very seriously. Students leave us well-prepared for success in their chosen careers. In addition to a learning environment steeped in academic excellence, Vermont Tech also offers a wide range of clubs and activities, including varsity and intramural sports. Vermont Tech is a small, personal college that’s committed to the academic professional success of every student.

4-YEAR COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES (many offer graduate programs)

 

Bennington College

College type: Private, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and a certificate program

Size: Very small (<1,000 students)

Year founded: 1932

Location: Bennington, Vermont

What they offer: At Bennington, students craft unique educational paths around driving questions and interests. Under the guidance of their faculty and through a structure called the Plan Process, students explore their academic interests and progressively hone in on what binds their passions and connects their pursuits. During the winter Field Work Term, every student spends 7 weeks at work in the world pursuing jobs, internships, and entrepreneurial endeavors related to their studies and professional ambitions. By the time they graduate, Bennington students have acquired at least 4 jobs or internship experiences and the confidence to set the direction of their life’s work—as they did for their Bennington education.

Castleton University

College type: Public, offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and certificate programs

Size: Small (1,000–5,000 students)

Year founded: 1787

Location: Castleton, Vermont

What they offer: Castleton University, one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States, emphasizes undergraduate liberal arts and professional education while also offering selected graduate programs. The University is dedicated to the intellectual and personal growth of students through excellence in teaching, close student-faculty interaction, numerous opportunities for outside-the-classroom learning, and an active and supportive campus community. Castleton strives to learn, use, and teach sustainable practices. The University prepares its graduates for meaningful careers; further academic pursuits; and engaged, environmentally responsible citizenship. As a member of the Vermont State Colleges, Castleton is committed to supporting and improving the region’s communities, schools, organizations, businesses, and environment.

Champlain College

College type: Private, offering offering associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, and certificate programs

Size: Small (1,000–5,000 students)

Year founded: 1878

Location: Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Dublin, Ireland, and Montreal, Quebec

What they offer: Champlain College is a private baccalaureate institution focused on offering career-accelerated education that leads to real opportunities in the marketplace and provides students with one of the most comprehensive educations available anywhere. Champlain College's signature entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to professional preparation, nationally-acclaimed Core Curriculum, and tradition of working with students individually combine to create an education that is truly like no other. Through Champlain's distinctive, experience-based approach to education, students learn real skills and get real experience.

College of St. Joseph

The College of St. Joseph announced that it would be closing as of May 2019. Read the President’s message > 

Students: Please call VSAC at 877-961-4369 for:

  • questions about your grants, scholarships, and loans
  • help with choosing a transfer school or program

 

Goddard College

College type: Private, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees degrees

Size: Very small (< 1,000 students)

Year founded: 1938

Location: Plainfield, Vermont, with additional campuses in Port Townsend and Seattle, Washington

What they offer: The mission of Goddard College is to advance cultures of rigorous inquiry, collaboration and lifelong learning, where individuals take imaginative and responsible action in the world. Goddard’s low-residency semester format comprises an intensive 8-day residency on campus, and 16 weeks of independent work and self-reflection in close collaboration with a faculty advisor. The college pioneered this format nearly a half century ago particularly to meet the needs of adult students with professional, family, and other obligations seeking learning experiences with relevance in real-world circumstances.

Green Mountain College

Green Mountain College announced that it would be closing as of May 2019. Read the President’s message > 

Students: Please call VSAC at 877-961-4369 for:

  • questions about your grants, scholarships, and loans
  • help with choosing a transfer school or program

 

Northern Vermont University–Johnson

College type: Public, offering offering associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, and certificate programs

Size: Small (1,000–5,000 students)

Year founded: 1828

Location: Johnson, Vermont

What they offer: NVU–Johnson’s campus, designated by COPLAC as Vermont’s premier public liberal arts institution, offers an immersive, high-impact, liberal arts experience that prepares you to thrive in an ever-changing world. Opportunities for hands-on research working side-by-side with your professors, domestic and international student exchanges, and internships ground your education in real-world experience that will make you stand out in the job market after graduation. . Off campus, the award-winning External Degree Program offers online courses and weekend-only classes in 4 Vermont communities for students who are completing a bachelor’s degree. NVU–Johnson programs blend career-focused study with the breadth and depth of the liberal arts, developing skills in critical thinking, teamwork, and sensitivity to diverse cultures and perspectives.

Landmark College

College type: Private, offering associate and bachelor’s degrees, and a certificate program

Size: Very small (<1,000 students)

Year founded: 1985

Location: Putney, Vermont

What they offer: Landmark College, a global leader of integrated teaching methods for students with learning disabilities (like dyslexia), ADHD, and ASD, offers 2- and 4-year degree options and summer programs for high school and visiting college students. Students, faculty, and other professionals from all over the world are drawn to Landmark College for its innovative educational model, which has been developed over nearly 3 decades of working with students who learn differently. Landmark’s curriculum, designed for students to master academic skills and strategies in a way that builds from semester to semester, helps them become confident, self-empowered, and independently successful learners.

Northern Vermont University–Lyndon

College type: Public, offering associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, and certificate programs

Size: Small (1,000–5,000 students)

Year founded: 1911

Location: Lyndonville, Vermont

What they offer: The NVU–Lyndon campus, located in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, offers distinct professional programs based in a liberal arts core, programs such as mountain recreation management, atmospheric sciences, electronic journalism arts, and exercise science to prepare you for success. NVU–Lyndon features hands-on, experiential learning, one-on-one personal attention, and an enviable job placement record. NVU–Lyndon offers a tight-knit, active community that is focused on opportunity and personal success. Lyndon’s friendly community of 1,500 students is located just 10 minutes from world-class mountain biking and winter sports: They are Vermont’s adventure recreation campus.

Marlboro College

College type: Private, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and certificate programs

Size: Very small (<1,000 students)

Year founded: 1946

Location: Marlboro, Vermont

What they offer: Marlboro College offers a radically traditional, student-centered approach to education that is structurally and culturally different from other colleges. Unfettered by generic course requirements, you’ll work closely with your faculty advisor to design a course of study that is specific to your individual interests. You’ll collaborate with fellow community members to design and run campus activities outside of class and participate on committees that influence every dimension of life at Marlboro.

Middlebury College

College type: Private, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees

Size: Small (1,000–5,000 students)

Year founded: 1800

Location: Middlebury, Vermont

What they offer: Middlebury College combines an intense, personal education with a global perspective and an international network found nowhere else. With a focus on the environment, international education, and opportunities to apply the liberal arts, the College enables young people to develop cultural fluency and gives them the tools needed to solve complex problems

Norwich University

College type: Private, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and a certificate program

Size: Small (1,000–5,000)

Year founded: 1819

Location: Northfield, Vermont

What they offer: Norwich University is the oldest private military college in the country and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). Norwich is a coeducational, four-year university where students choose either a military or traditional civilian lifestyle, and both the civilian students and military cadets live by an honor code. Norwich combines the amenities of a large university with the environment and personalization of a small college, and offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Saint Michael's College

College type: Private, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and certificate programs

Size: Small (1,000–5,000 students)

Year founded: 1904

Location: Colchester, Vermont

What they offer: At Saint Michael’s, you’ll learn what matters. Saint Michael’s College is an academically challenging, competitive institution of just under 2,000 students, with over 30 majors and minors and three master’s programs. St. Mike’s students are committed to service, the environment and exploring the world through internships, faculty-student research and world travel. Housing is guaranteed for all 4 years on our beautiful 440-acre campus overlooking the Green Mountains, located just minutes from downtown Burlington. An elite Phi Beta Kappa institution with an Honors program, a 12:1 faculty-student ratio and an average class size of 19, Saint Michael’s also hosts 21 NCAA Division II varsity athletic teams.

Southern Vermont College

Southern Vermont College announced that it would be closing as of May 2019. Read the President’s message > 

Students: Please call VSAC at 877-961-4369 for:

  • questions about your grants, scholarships, and loans
  • help with choosing a transfer school or program

 

Springfield College School of Professional and Continuing Studies

College type: Private, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees

Size: Very small (<1,000 students)

Year founded: 1885

Location: Satellite campus in St. Johnsbury, Vermont (main campus in Springfield, Massachusetts)

What they offer: The School of Professional and Continuing Studies bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are perfect for adults who wish to transform their careers and their communities. Whether you’ve been out of school for five, 10, even 20 or more years, you’ll find that we make the transition as easy for you as possible. Beginning with weekend programs that can often be completed in 16 months, School of Professional and Continuing Studies programs are designed for adults who care about people above all else.

Sterling College

College type: Private, offering bachelor’s degrees

Size: Very small (<1,000 students)

Year founded: 1958

Location: Craftsbury Common, Vermont

What they offer: Sterling College is a small and progressive liberal arts college in northern Vermont. Sterling College’s small size, environmental focus, and commitment to grassroots sustainability all make the college unique. The Sterling College community combines structured academic study with experiential challenges and plain hard work to build responsible problem solvers who become stewards of the environment as they pursue productive lives.

Union Institute & University

College type: Private, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, and certificate programs

Size: Small (1,000–5,000 students)

Year founded: 1964

Location: Satellite academic center in Brattleboro, Vermont (main campus in Cincinnati, Ohio and additional satellites in Florida and California)

What they offer: Union Institute & University offers primarily online programs for highly motivated adults who seek to continue their education to pursue their professional goals and a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility.

University of Vermont (UVM)

College type: Public, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, and certificate programs

Size: Medium (5,000–15,000 students)

Year founded: 1791

Location: Burlington, Vermont

What they offer: The University of Vermont is a premier small public research university with a wide variety of majors and programs. Students receive great classroom instruction from internationally renowned faculty members and also participate in hands-on learning within their area of interest early and often during their academic career. UVM’s location in the scenic college town of Burlington (perennially voted 1 of America's most exciting small cities), allows students to experience a great downtown area, participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities in the Green Mountains, and take advantage of everything that beautiful Lake Champlain has to offer.

UVM's Guaranteed Admission Program

For recent high school graduates and nontraditional adult learners, UVM’s Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP) offers the opportunity to demonstrate academic readiness, earn college credit, and ultimately enroll in an undergraduate degree program at the university.

Vermont Technical College

College type: Public, offering associate and bachelor’s degrees

Size: Small (1,000–5,000 students)

Year founded: 1866

Location: Randolph Center, Vermont and Williston, Vermont, and a nursing program offered at 10 sites throughout the state.

What they offer: Unique among its peers, Vermont Tech offers a learning experience unlike any other in Vermont: focused classroom instruction interwoven with real-time, hands-on experience taught by professors who are experts in their field. As Vermont’s only technical college, we take our mission to produce competent, thoughtful, and resourceful members of tomorrow’s workforce very seriously. Students leave us well-prepared for success in their chosen careers. In addition to a learning environment steeped in academic excellence, Vermont Tech also offers a wide range of clubs and activities, including varsity and intramural sports. Vermont Tech is a small, personal college that’s committed to the academic professional success of every student.

GRADUATE SCHOOLS

 

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

College type: Private

Size: Small (<5,000)

Year founded: 1881

Location: Colchester, Vermont (main campus in Albany, New York)

What they offer: In addition to offering the Doctor of Pharmacy program, ACPHS offers a master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences (MSPS), which focuses on the disciplines required for the discovery, development, and evaluation of new drugs and other pharmaceutical products. 

SIT Graduate Institute

College type: Private, offering master’s degrees and graduate certificates

Size: Very small (<1,000)

Year founded: 1964

Location: Brattleboro, Vermont (with additional branch campus in Washington, D.C.)

What they offer: SIT is a nonprofit, accredited graduate school that offers master’s degrees and graduate level certificates and professional development programs. SIT prepares students to be interculturally effective leaders, professionals, and citizens. In so doing, SIT fosters a worldwide network of individuals and organizations committed to responsible global citizenship. SIT Graduate Institute offers programs in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, as well as sustainable development, international education, and peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

Southern New Hampshire University

College type: Private

Size: Large (>15,000)

Year founded: 1932

Location: Graduate program offered in Colchester (main campuses in Manchester/Hooksett, New Hampshire)

What they offer: SNHU offers a Graduate Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Vermont. Classes meet 1 weekend per month in Burlington, Vermont, at the Howard Center for Human Services. The Graduate Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling works closely with the Vermont Division of Mental Health and Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, within the Department of Health.

University of Vermont College of Medicine

College type: Medical school

College size: Very small (<1,000)

Year founded: 1822

Location: Burlington, Vermont

What they offer: As the 7th oldest medical school in the nation, The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont has a longstanding reputation for educating and training superb physicians and scientists, fostering groundbreaking research to improve patients' lives, and actively engaging with the community of Vermont and the region.

Vermont College of Fine Arts

College type: Private, graduate, art school

College size: Very small (<1,000)

Year founded: 2008

Location: Montpelier, Vermont

What they offer: Through its low-residency model, Vermont College of Fine Arts offers masters of fine arts degrees in writing, writing for children & young adults, visual art, music composition, graphic design, and film. During the twice-per-year residencies on the Montpelier campus, students immerse themselves in readings, workshops, lectures, panels, performances, exhibits, and discussions. VCFA’s graduate programs are uniquely suited to professionals, artists, musicians, and teachers seeking to refine their skills, develop a body of work, explore new styles, and advance their careers.

Vermont Law School

College type: Private, Law School

College size: Very small (<1,000)

Year founded: 1972

Location: South Royalton, Vermont

What they offer: Vermont Law School is committed to developing a generation of leaders who use the power of the law to make a difference in our communities and the world. As the top-ranked environmental law school in the nation, Vermont Law School offers 3 Juris Doctor programs, 2 master’s degree programs, and 3 LLM (Master of Laws) programs—all created to produce leaders who want to change the world. VLS also offers online options for Master’s degree programs and 2 LLM programs.