The University of Vermont is a public research institution located in Burlington, Vermont, a city with a total population of approximately 40,000 and a metro area population of about 150,000. Established in 1791, the same year Vermont became the fourteenth state in the Union, the University of Vermont is the fifth oldest university in New England after Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, and Brown. The University of Vermont was also the first institution of higher education to declare public support for the freedom of religion. Situated on a 460 acre campus, the University of Vermont is located on the beautiful Lake Champlain, a picturesque lake with 587 miles of shoreline.
Academic ProgramsThe University of Vermont’s mission is “to create, evaluate, share, and apply knowledge and to prepare students to be accountable leaders who will bring to their work dedication to the global community, a grasp of complexity, effective problem-solving and communication skills, and an enduring commitment to learning and ethical conduct.” The University’s vision is to be known “among the nation’s premier small research universities, preeminent in our comprehensive commitment to liberal education, environment, health, and public service.” The University of Vermont is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1929.
At least 100 undergraduate majors are offered at the University of Vermont, as well as over 70 master’s and doctoral degrees and multiple pre-professional programs. The University is made up of several colleges and schools, including the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Grossman School of Business, the College of Education and Social Services, the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the Honors College, the Graduate College, and the College of Medicine.
Student LifeThe University of Vermont has a total enrollment figure of well over 12,000, including nearly 11,000 undergraduate students who come from nearly all states in the Union. Student housing is offered in the form of 40-plus on-campus residence halls; more than 40 theme-based housing offerings also exist, which provides accommodations to approximately 30% of the University’s students. Students also have an abundance of on-campus dining options to choose from as well with more than a dozen dining facilities and eateries.
Over 200 active student clubs are recognized by the University of Vermont; these include a nationally recognized debate team, student-run newspaper, a radio station, television station, rescue squad, legal services, as well as several academic, artistic musical, cultural, ethnic, political, and religious clubs. More than 30 of the University’s clubs exist for the purpose of promoting health, literacy, and/or justice and there are more than 55 clubs sports (some of which participate in intercollegiate competition) as well as 20 intramural teams. As an NCAA Division I-AAA school, the University of Vermont’s varsity athletic teams compete in the American East Conference.