Colleges In Vermont

Colleges In Vermont

Vermont Schools & Universities

Colleges in Vermont, the Green Mountain State, are most often accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  Vermont funds six state colleges and universities, the largest of which is the University of Vermont.  UVM, as it is called, is located on a hill above a lake in a beautiful college town.  It is a relatively small flagship university, enrolling just 13,000 students.  Other state-supported institutions include Castleton University, Community College of Vermont, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College, and Vermont Technical College.

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Other distinctive Vermont institutions of higher education include Bennington College, a small, artsy, liberal arts college which began as a college for women, Burlington College, an innovative college once called the best college in the country for “free spirited” students, Norwich University, the oldest military college in the United States, Middlebury College, a highly selective liberal arts college best known for its programs in languages, Goddard College, a pioneer in online education, and Vermont Law School, which has long been ranked the nation’s #1 law school in the area of environmental law.

Specialty institutions in Vermont include Vermont College of Fine Arts, New England Culinary Institute, Vermont Technical College, SIT Graduate School, Sterling College (a very small, environmentally focused college), and Landmark College, one of only two U.S. colleges exclusively serving students with learning disabilities.  Marlboro College, the lone survivor of the three colleges founded by Dr. Walter Hendrix, is frequently cited as an example of an institution that offers a good mix of liberal arts and professionally focused education.

Several Vermont colleges and universities, most notably Norwich University (no longer a strictly military college), offer online degree programs.

Traditional Colleges – Vermont

Bennington College

Burlington College

Castleton State College

Champlain College

Goddard College

Green Mountain College

Johnson State College

Lyndon State College

Marlboro College

Middlebury College

Norwich University

Saint Michael’s College

Southern Vermont College

Sterling College

University of Vermont

Vermont Technical College

Community Colleges – Vermont

snow covered hill near school, vermont

Community College of Vermont/Bennington

  • Site –
  • Address – 324 Main St, Bennington, VT 05201
  • Phone – (802) 447-2361

Community College of Vermont/Brattleboro

  • Site –
  • Address – 41 Harmony Place, Brattleboro, VT 05301
  • Phone – (802) 254-6370

Community College of Vermont/Middlebury

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  • Address – 10 Merchants Row #223, Middlebury, VT 05753
  • Phone – (802) 388-3032

Community College of Vermont/Montpelier

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  • Address – 660 Elm St, Montpelier, VT 05602
  • Phone – (802) 828-2800

Community College of Vermont/Morrisville

  • Site –
  • Address – 660 Elm St, Montpelier, VT 05602
  • Phone – (802) 828-2800

Community College of Vermont/Newport

  • Site –
  • Address – 100 Main St #150, Newport, VT 05855
  • Phone – (802) 334-3387

Community College of Vermont/Rutland

  • Site –
  • Address – 60 West St, Rutland, VT 05701
  • Phone – (802) 786-6996

Community College of Vermont/St. Albans

  • Site –
  • Address – 660 Elm St, Montpelier, VT 05602
  • Phone – (802) 828-2800

Community College of Vermont/St. Johnsbury

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  • Address – 1197 Main St, St Johnsbury, VT 05819
  • Phone – (802) 748-6673

Community College of Vermont/Springfield

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  • Address – 307 South St, Springfield, VT 05156
  • Phone – (802) 885-8360

Community College of Vermont/White River Junction

  • Site –
  • Address – 145 Billings Farm Rd, White River Junction, VT 05001
  • Phone – (802) 295-8822

Community College of Vermont/Winooski

  • Site –
  • Address – 1 Abenaki Way, Winooski, VT 05404
  • Phone – (802) 654-0505

Landmark College

  • Site –
  • Address – 19 River Rd S, Putney, VT 05346
  • Phone – (802) 387-6700

Vermont – Trade, Vocational, Career

vermont farm near the school


New England Culinary Institute

Woodbury College

Online Colleges In Vermont

There is a running trend among Northeastern states: big on traditional schooling, lacking in online educational opportunities. Some of this comes from the strong traditional-school history that exists in the American Northeast. After all, most of the nation’s top colleges and Ivy League schools call the Northeast home. Vermont, a small state on the Northeastern coast, only slightly bucks that trend. A 2012 National Center for Education Statistics report shows that 10% of students enrolled in Title IV institutions in Vermont were taking fully online degree programs. This of course does not account for students not enrolled in Title IV institutions. Over the past several years, that number has likely grown. Still, prospective students will find that Vermont’s smaller number of institutions (a direct result of the state’s small size) provide a somewhat limited number of distance learning options. However, there are many valuable programs available from several schools in the state, and a large amount of variety among those programs.

Prospective students will find that the state’s college, most of which are private institutions, are comparatively expensive. Among the 14 accredited institutions offering online degrees in the state, prospective students will find opportunities to earn all forms of degree levels, including Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees. However, the costs of these degrees vary widely among institutions, with the private institutions coming at much higher costs than the national average, and even the public institutions at the high end for both in-state and out-of-state students. The three most affordable online colleges, or college offering online degrees, are Johnson State College, the University of Vermont, Lyndon State College, Castleton State College, Goddard College and Vermont Technical College. Each of these institutions offers online degree programs for under $20,000 a year, with the public state institutions (Lyndon State College, Johnson State College, Castleton State College, University of Vermont and Vermont Technical College) each offer online degrees for under $15,000 a year (for in-state students).

Several of the colleges and universities offering online degree programs in Vermont are well ranked both nationally and regionally. Norwich University, a private institution (annual tuition: ~$33,000) ranks highly among peer institutions on U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings. Not only is the school ranked at #73 for Regional Universities, it is also placed at #48 for Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs, #83 for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs, #84 for Best Online MBA Programs and #98 for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. Through the school’s Blackboard learning management system, prospective students can take many courses and degree programs. This includes five Bachelor’s degrees and 11 Master’s degrees. Bachelor’s degree programs include those in Interdisciplinary Studies, Criminal Justice, Cyber Security, Management Studies and Strategies Studies and Defense Analysis. The Master’s degree options include degrees in Diplomacy, History, International Relations, Military History, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Public Administration, Information Security and Assurance, Leadership, Nursing and a Business Administration degree for Spanish speakers.

Valuable programs can be attained at the state’s other public and private institutions. Prospective students will find that a degree from a Vermont school, while more expensive than in most other places in the country, is a good stepping stone to earning high and above-average salaries in the future.