Best Colleges in Vermont 2022

Best Colleges in Vermont 2022

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

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.


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Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! 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 in their fields of study.

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

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

We’ve identified 12 colleges and universities in Vermont that meet our criteria. This list of the top colleges in Vermont below focuses on schools that offer bachelor’s degrees. The ranking features fully accredited public and private colleges and universities in Vermont.

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Best Colleges in Vermont 2022

  1. #1

    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:

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    Middlebury College

    Middlebury , VT
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $60K

    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:

    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • Earth Sciences
    • Education
    • History
    • Economics
    • Anthropology
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #3

    Bennington College

    Bennington , VT
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $60K

    Acceptance

    60%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Bennington College known for?

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

    • Literature
    • Anthropology
    • Communications
    • Sociology
    • Education
    • Philosophy
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Political Science
    • Economics

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #4

    Goddard College

    Plainfield , VT

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    38%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Goddard College known for?

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

    • Education
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #5

    Norwich University

    Northfield , VT

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Norwich University known for?

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

    • Engineering
    • Political Science
    • Computer Science
    • Earth Sciences
    • History
    • Education
    • Business
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #6

    Saint Michael's College

    Colchester , VT
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $49K

    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:

    • Communications
    • Sociology
    • Philosophy
    • Literature
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Religious Studies
    • Chemistry

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #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:

    • Computer Science
    • Communications
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Psychology
    • Education
    • Mathematics
    • Criminal Justice
    • Law
    • Social Work

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. #8

    Vermont Technical College

    Randolph , VT
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Vermont Technical College known for?

    Vermont Technical College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Medical
  9. #9

    Johnson State College

    Johnson , VT
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Johnson State College known for?

    Johnson State College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Anthropology
    • History
    • Communications
    • Psychology
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  10. #10

    Castleton University

    Castleton , VT

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1019/20

    What is Castleton University known for?

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

    • Medical
    • Literature
    • Political Science
    • Nursing
    • Education
    • History
    • Earth Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Communications
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  11. #11

    Landmark College

    Putney , VT

    Tuition + fees

    $61K

    Acceptance

    55%

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Landmark College known for?

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

    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Computer Science
    • Communications
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  12. #12

    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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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. Bennington College
  2. Middlebury College
  3. Goddard College
  4. University of Vermont
  5. Saint Michael's College
  6. Norwich University
  7. Champlain College
  8. Sterling College