Vermont’s Best Colleges & Universities of 2021

Here are the best colleges and universities in Vermont. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you.

Vermont’s Best Colleges & Universities of 2021

Colleges and Universities in Vermont

Vermont is home to five public universities and colleges. Among these is the state’s largest school, the University of Vermont in Burlington. This college serves almost 13,000 students and boasts alumni like Ben Affleck and John Dewey. The majority of the higher education institutes in Vermont are private schools. Tuition at these schools ranges greatly, from $17,000 to $57,000. Though it is the most expensive private school in the state, Landmark College in Putney is especially unique as its student population is made up entirely of students diagnosed with learning disabilities, attention disorders, and autism. Students here can earn degrees in fields like psychology, studio art, and life science while participating in a more intimate, student-centered learning environment.

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Almost all of Vermont’s schools could be considered small schools, serving student populations of 5,000 or less. Included on this list are three religiously affiliated schools, like Saint Michael’s College in Colchester. While tuition in Vermont tends to be costly, the state offers several loan forgiveness programs to qualifying dentists, physicians, nurses, and lawyers who work for nonprofits.

While many travelers come to Vermont for its famous maple syrup and stunning fall foliage, they’ll stay for the state’s bounteous farmers markets, wineries, and artisan foods. The magnificent green mountains, pristine skiing resorts, and rugged hiking trails are also major draws for visitors and residents alike. Students aiming to earn their degree while enjoying the outdoors and eating locally-sourced meals can attend one of Vermont’s 22 higher learning institutes.

Learn more about Vermont’s higher education opportunities by checking out the state’s array of picturesque colleges and universities.


What are Vermont’s Colleges & Universities?

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How do we determine Vermont's best colleges and universities?

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.


Every fall, more than 2 million high-school graduates will enroll in colleges and universities across the United States. Finding the best college for your educational, personal, and professional goals may be challenging. The purpose of this ranking is to help you manage this challenge with an accurate, objective, and up-to-date ranking of the best colleges and universities in Vermont for earning a bachelor’s degree.

We’ve identified a total of 17 colleges and universities in Vermont, 8 of which meet our criteria. The list below focuses on those that offer four-year undergraduate degrees, includes both public and private colleges and universities, and also meet the following two conditions:

  1. It must be fully accredited.
  2. It must have a graduation rate of greater than 50%.

Best Colleges & Universities in Vermont

  1. #1

    Bennington College

    Bennington , VT
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $58K

    Acceptance

    60%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Bennington College known for?

    Bennington College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Education
    • Communications
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology
    • Medical
    • Sociology
    • Biology

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  2. #2

    Middlebury College

    Middlebury , VT
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $58K

    Acceptance

    22%

    Graduation

    94%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1445/33

    What is Middlebury College known for?

    Middlebury College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Philosophy
    • Economics
    • Physics
    • Religious Studies

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  3. #4

    University of Vermont

    Burlington , VT
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    76%

    Student body

    13K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1270/28

    What is University of Vermont known for?

    University of Vermont’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Philosophy
    • Business
    • Psychology
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Engineering
    • Literature

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  4. #5

    Saint Michael's College

    Colchester , VT
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $48K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    75%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Saint Michael's College known for?

    Saint Michael's College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • Psychology
    • Communications
    • Religious Studies
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Literature
    • Medical

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  5. #6

    Norwich University

    Northfield , VT

    Tuition + fees

    $43K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Norwich University known for?

    Norwich University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Education
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Literature
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Communications
    • Mathematics
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  6. #7

    Champlain College

    Burlington , VT
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $43K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1215/26

    What is Champlain College known for?

    Champlain College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Education
    • Communications
    • Medical
    • Law
    • Psychology
    • Mathematics
    • Criminal Justice
    • Social Work
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  7. #8

    Sterling College

    Craftsbury Common , VT

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    16%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Sterling College known for?

    Sterling College ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
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