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University of Vermont: Degree Programs and School Information

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About the University of Vermont

The University of Vermont, located in Burlington, VT, was founded in 1791, the same year that Vermont became a state. Burlington is located in a valley between the Adirondacks and Green Mountains. The fifth college established in New England, it began as a private school until receiving a land grant in 1862.


The university operates seven schools and colleges focusing on agriculture and the life sciences, arts and sciences, education and social services, engineering and mathematical sciences, nursing and health sciences, environment and natural resources, and business administration. The school also operates medical, graduate and continuing education schools, as well as an honors college. Overall, it offers 144 fields of study, approximately 100 of which are available to undergraduate students.

During the 2010-2011 school year, the most popular undergraduate majors were business administration and management, psychology, political science and government, English language and literature, and environmental studies. The school encourages undergraduates to engage in research and allows them to study abroad.

The school provides students with access to three libraries, including a medical library and physics and chemistry library, which house a total of approximately 1.5 million volumes of text. In addition to its 460-acre main campus, the university operates four research farms, nine natural areas and one research park to supplement studies.


For undergraduate admission to the university, students must select a college at the time of application, but they don't need to declare a major until their second year of study. Early action applications must be postmarked by November 1, and decisions for these applicants are released in mid-December. Regular notification applications are due January 15, with decisions for these applicants released sometime during mid-February through mid-March.

The middle 50% of SAT scores for first-time students who enrolled in the fall of 2011 ranged from 540-640 for critical reading, 550-640 for math and 540-640 for writing. The middle 50% of ACT composite scores for these same students ranged from 24-29.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2011-2012 school year, the total cost for attending the University of Vermont for first-year students was $27,558 for Vermont residents and $47,198 for out-of-state residents. This included tuition and fees of $14,784 for residents and $34,424 for non-residents, $1,200 for books and supplies, $9,708 for room and board and $1,866 for other expenses.

During the 2010-2011 school year, about $27 million in grant and scholarship aid benefited 87% of the university's full-time beginning undergraduate students. This amounted to 2,140 students receiving an average of $12,970 in aid. Additionally, 2,135 students (87%) received an average of $11,083 each in institutional grants or scholarships. A total of 419 students received an average of $2,258 per student in state and local government grants and scholarships.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, master's degrees, post-master's certificates, doctoral degrees - research/scholarship or professional practice**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters***
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 10,459 undergraduate, 1,540 graduate and 449 medical students enrolled as of fall 2011*
Student Housing 44 residence halls available; all students must live in a residence hall for their first two years of study*
Schools and Programs 11 colleges and schools, 144 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 17 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011: Bachelor's: Business administration and management (212), Master's: Education curriculum and instruction (63), Doctoral: Medicine (111)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates for Students who Began Studies in Fall 2005 57% in four years, 73% in six years and 74% in eight years**
Admission Rate 75% in fall 2011**
Entering Class Size 2,346 in fall 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 85% for full-time and 43% for part-time students who began studies in fall 2010**
ACT Composite Score for Middle 50% of Admitted Students 24-29 (fall 2011)**
Application Due Date January 15 every year*
Decision Notification Date Between February 14 and March 15*
Tuition (2011-2012) $27,558 for in-state and $47,198 for out-of-state students**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011, 71% of all undergraduate students received grant or scholarship aid and 47% received federal student loans**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 91% of full-time beginning undergraduate students beginning in 2010-2011**

Sources: *University of Vermont, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, ***U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, 194 South Prospect Street, Burlington, VT 05401
  • Phone: (802) 656-3370
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