Goddard College

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123 Pitkin Road

Plainfield, VT 05667

Phone: (802) 454-8311
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Goddard College is a private institution that was founded in 1863. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 244, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $14,834 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Now in our 150th year, Goddard College operates exclusively on a low-residency model. Students stay on campus for just eight days at the start of each semester. There are two semesters a year, Spring and Fall. The rest of the semester, students work from home or elsewhere, and send packets documenting their studies every three weeks to their advisors. This approach allows for tremendous flexibility, since a student could engage in internships or apprenticeships throughout her/his time at Goddard. For instance, a student could spend a semester learning about sustainable agriculture by working on a farm in New Zealand, and sending packets from there. Semester plans are designed by the students themselves in collaboration with their respective faculty advisors. There are no courses in a conventional sense, and no standardized test scores are necessary to apply for admission. Our philosophy is to respect our students as adults who are capable of designing their own programs of study with some guidance and oversight to ensure rigor. The objective is to optimize learning by putting the student at the center of the process, instead of being the terminal recipient of an externally imposed curriculum. We exist to provide a democratic and holistic learning alternative to conventional institutions. Goddard established the first low-residency degree program in the country in 1963, and adopted the low-residency model exclusively in 2002. In addition to our beautiful main campus on the former site of a working farm in Vermont, our MFA and BA programs are also offered in Port Townsend, Washington, overlooking Puget Sound. The BA and MA Education programs (non-licensure) are also offered at our site in Seattle for community-based educators. Goddard is fully accredited by NEASC.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1863
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Goddard College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Goddard College is $40. It has an an acceptance rate of 70 percent.

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Fall 2012 acceptance rate 70.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

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Student Life

Goddard College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 244, with a gender distribution of 29.9 percent male students and 70.1 percent female students.

Total enrollment 703
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Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

Goddard College offers campus safety and security services like lighted pathways/sidewalks. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Goddard College.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered No

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Tuition and fees $14,834 (2013-14)
Room and board $744 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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