Colleges in Burlington, VT

The University of Vermont is hot. And green. And community-minded.

On Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 14:41

The University of Vermont is hot. And green. And community-minded.

With more than 11,000 students in its undergraduate and graduate schools, UVM has recently garnered national attention. named it one the country’s 10 greenest campuses. Its solid community service mission has landed the university on the national community service honor roll and in “Making a Difference Colleges,” a guide to schools that prepare students to not only go out into the world, but make it better.

Kiplinger’s and The New York Times each cite value as part of UVM’s booming popularity. The university made the list of “America’s 25 Hot Schools” in the 2006 edition of the Kaplan/Newsweek College Guide, which pointed to $300 million in new capital investment.

Burlington is decidedly a college town, but UVM has some noteworthy company.


Champlain College has gotten its share of kudos. It’s been heralded as a college that’s made “the global leap” and one of the new millennium’s most interesting schools.

Founded in 1868, Champlain is a small, private college with about 2,000 undergraduates. The school has established programs in Montreal, India and Europe.

U.S. News and World Report ranked Champlain in the top tier of its America’s Best Colleges list for comprehensive colleges in the North. Its career service programs get raves.

Burlington College started out as the Vermont Institute of Community Involvement in 1972, focusing on non-traditional students such as returning Vietnam War veterans and single parents.

Instruction remains highly individualized; students can design their own programs, and evaluations are narrative and not graded. It also offers professional certificate programs, many geared to the film industry.

Vermont Community College has a bustling campus in Burlington – so bustling that a new facility is going up in nearby Winooski. Occupancy is scheduled for 2010.

Public Schools

With nine schools and 3,600 students, Burlington School District is on the small side but it shoulders a big responsibility. As a destination for refugees, the city creates an unusually diverse student population.

The South Burlington School District is smaller still, running five public schools. All five score between 8 and 10 on’s 10-point scale. Cutting-edge programs at South Burlington High School include design, electronic arts, video and an imaging lab.

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