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Choose the best Vermont college for your goals, budget and lifestyle. Our website helps you compare public and private Vermont colleges for online or on-campus learning.

Find the Best Colleges in Vermont

Vermont, the Green Mountain State, is known for its high quality colleges and universities. As for public schools, the state funds six schools of higher education. The largest of these is the University of Vermont, which enrols 13,000 students. Many smaller private colleges are based here too. Among these are several liberal arts colleges known for their progressive student populations, a top-ranking law school, and America’s oldest military college. Vermont is also home to two colleges that exclusively serve students with learning disabilities.
Compare the choices with our college search tool. You can sort the list of Vermont colleges according to price, admission rate and other college statistics.

Vermont Colleges Overview

To guide your college search, here’s an overview of Vermont’s public and private community colleges, four-year colleges and universities.

  • Public schools: Vermont taxpayers fund six institutions of higher education. The largest school is the University of Vermont in Burlington. It’s known as a “Public Ivy” because its quality of education is comparable to that of Ivy League schools. The five smaller schools are known as the Vermont State Colleges. These are Castleton University, the Community College of Vermont (with 12 locations), Johnson State College, Lyndon State College and the Vermont Technical College. Online courses are available for two-year and four-year degree programs.
  • Private schools: More than 15 private colleges are accredited to grant degrees in Vermont. Landmark College is the only school devoted exclusively to associate degree programs and it caters to students with learning disabilities. Another especially career-oriented private college is the New England Culinary Institute, which grants associate degrees and bachelor degrees. As for private baccalaureate colleges, Vermont has nine. As for master’s-only education, Vermont has four private schools. Finally, two specialty colleges are the Vermont Law School and the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
  • Christian schools: Of the private schools counted above, three are non-secular. Vermont has a Catholic undergraduate college, a Methodist undergraduate college and a Catholic master’s university.

Check out our list of top Vermont colleges below.

Rank School Name City State Net Cost School Level Retention Rate Details
1

Advanced Welding Institute

South Burlington

VT

N/A

Vocational

68.29%

Distance Learning

No

2

Bennington College

Bennington

VT

N/A

4 year

83.57%

Distance Learning

Yes

3

Burlington College

Burlington

VT

N/A

4 year

46.88%

Distance Learning

Yes

4

Castleton State College

Castleton

VT

$15,161

4 year

72.92%

Distance Learning

No

5

Champlain College

Burlington

VT

N/A

4 year

80.47%

Distance Learning

Yes

6

College of St Joseph

Rutland

VT

N/A

4 year

65.52%

Distance Learning

No

7

Community College of Vermont

Winooski

VT

$9,708

2 year

54.31%

Distance Learning

Yes

8

Goddard College

Plainfield

VT

N/A

4 year

50%

Distance Learning

No

9

Green Mountain College

Poultney

VT

N/A

4 year

69.4%

Distance Learning

Yes

10

Johnson State College

Johnson

VT

$13,775

4 year

73.66%

Distance Learning

Yes

11

Landmark College

Putney

VT

N/A

4 year

69.05%

Distance Learning

Yes

12

Lyndon State College

Lyndonville

VT

$13,469

4 year

61.22%

Distance Learning

Yes

13

Marlboro College

Marlboro

VT

N/A

4 year

67.39%

Distance Learning

No

14

Marlboro College Graduate & Professional Studies

Brattleboro

VT

N/A

4 year

N/A

Distance Learning

Yes

15

Middlebury College

Middlebury

VT

N/A

4 year

95.68%

Distance Learning

Yes

16

New England Culinary Institute

Montpelier

VT

N/A

4 year

93.33%

Distance Learning

Yes

17

Norwich University

Northfield

VT

N/A

4 year

70.93%

Distance Learning

Yes

18

O'Briens Aveda Institute

South Burlington

VT

N/A

Vocational

50%

Distance Learning

No

19

Saint Michael's College

Colchester

VT

N/A

4 year

89.72%

Distance Learning

Yes

20

SIT Graduate Institute

Brattleboro

VT

N/A

4 year

N/A

Distance Learning

Yes

21

Southern Vermont College

Bennington

VT

N/A

4 year

60.87%

Distance Learning

Yes

22

Sterling College

Craftsbury Common

VT

N/A

4 year

82.35%

Distance Learning

No

23

University of Vermont

Burlington

VT

$15,793

4 year

86.99%

Distance Learning

Yes

24

Vermont College of Fine Arts

Montpelier

VT

N/A

4 year

N/A

Distance Learning

No

25

Vermont Law School

South Royalton

VT

N/A

4 year

N/A

Distance Learning

Yes


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Good to Know: Fun Facts about Vermont Colleges

Vermont takes pride in its higher education opportunities. Here are some useful and interesting facts about Vermont colleges and education more generally.

  • Of all the states, Vermont has the highest number of high school teachers per capita and the third-highest number of librarians per capita.
  • Vermont high school students can each earn up to 30 college credits tuition-free. Vermont state colleges offer courses online, on weekends and in other ways to make learning convenient.
  • Vermont Technical College has a 96% placement rate. Almost every graduate moves on to a career or advanced education.
  • If a program of study isn’t available in Vermont, a Vermont resident can attend another New England school with that program and receive a tuition discount. The states included in this Regional Student Program are Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
  • The idea of college electives stems from the work of George Perkins Marsh and John Dewey, two educators and researchers affiliated with Vermont.
  • The smallest college in Vermont, Sterling College, has just 98 students. Their focus is environmental studies.

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