The state of Vermont, located in the north east corner of the United States, was the fourteenth state to join the union, and is home to some of the older colleges and universities in the state. Overall the relative size and minimal population of the state are limiting factors in the number of institutions of higher education being available. Most schools, particularly the public institutions, are located in the larger cities, such as Rutland and Bennington, and Montpelier, the capital of the state. New York State order Vermont to the west, Massachusetts to the south, and New Hampshire to the East. The Canadian province of Quebec forms the states northern border.
Most public higher education institutions in the state of Vermont are operated by the Vermont State Colleges System. The system includes five member institutions, including the Community College of Vermont. A majority of the schools were established far earlier than the system itself, which was organized in 1961 in order to more efficiently and effectively govern the states management of these schools. Atypical for public institutions, the average student to teacher ratio is sixteen to one. The University of Vermont is operated independent of the system and is the state’s land grant institution, as well as the 23rd university established in the United States.
Public institutions in Vermont:
- Castleton State College (Castleton)
- Johnson State College (Johnson)
- Lyndon State College (Lyndonville)
- Vermont Technical College (Randolph Center)
- University of Vermont (Burlington)
There are quite a few private colleges and universities located within the border of Vermont. These institutions tend to have higher tuition costs due to the lack of public funding, and as a result also maintain lower overall enrollment which assists in maintaining a more personalized education through excellent student to teacher ratios. Such schools also tend to have more rounded curriculums, and generally have fewer majors available due to faculty limitations. Additionally, such schools can offer a higher percentage of students opportunities for study through programs involving research, travel, internships and more.
Private institutions in Vermont include:
- Bennington College (Bennington)
- Burlington College (Burlington)
- Champlain College (Burlington)
- Vermont College of Fine Arts (Montpelier)
- Vermont Law School (South Royalton)
The state is also home to a number of career colleges and schools that provide education and training in high demand fields. Such programs assist in quick entry into the workforce through short term high cost programs. Many of the schools will also have services in place that assist in job placement after graduation through community connections and graduate success rates. The Community College of Vermont will have similar programs available, including ones that confer associate degrees, often at lower cost, though rarely as quick (less than six month or up to a year) than those provided by private schools. Community College of Vermont also have transfer programs for those interested in pursuing higher education, and many courses taken will be approved for credit transfer.