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.


What are Vermont’s Colleges & Universities?

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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. #2

    Middlebury College

    Middlebury , VT
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $60K

    Acceptance

    22%

    Graduation

    94%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1445/33

  2. #5

    Norwich University

    Northfield , VT

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    4K

    Norwich University’s Online Degrees

    BS Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Computer Science & Information Systems
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Data Analytics
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Criminal Justice
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS National Security Studies
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  3. #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:

    Most Influential Alumni

    Champlain College’s Online Degrees

    Bachelor of Accounting
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of Business Management
    Degree Concentrations
    • Blockchain
    • Business Development and Sales
    • Cybersecurity Fundamentals
    • Healthcare Administration
    • Human Resource Management
    • Information Technology Fundamentals
    • Marketing
    • Project Management
    • Supply Chain Management & Security
    • Web Design
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of Computer & Information Systems
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of Marketing and Communication
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of Software Development
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of Computer Forensics & Digital Investigations
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of Cybersecurity
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of Economic Crime Investigation
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of Healthcare Administration
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of Human Resource Management
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of Integrated Studies
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of Management Information Systems
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. #9

    Johnson State College

    Johnson , VT
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    2K

    Johnson State College’s Online Degrees

    BA Business
    Degree Concentrations
    • Accounting
    • Hospitality & Tourism Management
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Sport Management
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA Professional Studies
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA Psychology
    Degree Concentrations
    • Health & Sport Psychology
    • Pre-Professional Counseling
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  5. #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:

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #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:

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Vermont’s Best Colleges in Your Area of Interest

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