University of Vermont

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194 S. Prospect Street

Burlington, VT 05405-0160

Phone: (802) 656-3131
2013-2014 Tuition
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Jan. 15
application deadline

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#82 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Vermont is a public institution that was founded in 1791. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 11,211, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 460 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Vermont's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 82. Its in-state tuition and fees are $15,718 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $36,646 (2013-14).

Nestled between the Adirondack and Green Mountains is the University of Vermont, a private school founded in 1791. It is known colloquially as UVM, which is Latin for Universitas Viridis Montis, or University of the Green Mountains. Students who want to take advantage of the surrounding nature in Burlington, Vt., can rent skis, snowshoes, canoes, and camping equipment on campus. Students don’t have to go far for an adventure, though; UVM has an adventure ropes course and an indoor rock climbing wall. There are more than 150 student organizations on campus, including about 20 fraternities and sororities. Fewer than 10 percent of students go Greek. Freshmen and sophomores must live on campus. The Catamounts athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division I America East Conference, cheered on  by a mountain cat mascot named Rally. In Burlington, students can explore the outdoor Church Street Marketplace, a collection of restaurants and boutiques, or relax on the shores of Lake Champlain. For a more urban experience, Montreal and Boston are about 100 and 220 miles away, respectively.

Among the university’s programs for graduate students is the highly ranked College of Medicine.  In addition to traditional classrooms on campus, the University of Vermont has the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, a waterfront campus with a floating classroom on Lake Champlain. Students can study lake ecology aboard the Melosira, a research vessel. The university also owns four farms, where students can research agricultural topics. Among the ranks of the university’s distinguished alumni are John Dewey, an educational philosopher; Jody Williams, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for her campaign against land mines; and Jon Kilick, the film producer responsible for Malcolm X and Babel.

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

Students at the University of Vermont benefit from a unique setting that combines the resources of a research university with the friendly, close-knit feeling of a smaller college. Renowned professors, rather than graduate assistants, are students' teachers and advisors, and many students assist their professors with their research. The university is noted for its top-rated faculty; honors college; hands-on teaching often combined with experiential learning; high participation in study abroad; active students; and overall quality of life. A common ground throughout the university is active concern for the environment.
UVM is located in Burlington, a small city regularly hailed as a top college town, surrounded by the mountains, lakes, rivers, forests and rolling pastures of the Vermont countryside.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1791
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $308,198,000


When applying to University of Vermont, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 15. The application fee at University of Vermont is $55. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 76.7 percent and an early acceptance rate of 82.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 76.7%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Vermont is 17:1, and the school has 49.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Vermont include: Business Administration and Management, General; English Language and Literature, General; Psychology, General; Environmental Studies; and Political Science and Government, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 65%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 8%
English Language and Literature, General 6%
Psychology, General 6%
Environmental Studies 5%
Political Science and Government, General 5%

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Student Life

University of Vermont has a total undergraduate enrollment of 11,211, with a gender distribution of 43.8 percent male students and 56.2 percent female students. At this school, 50 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 50 percent of students live off campus. University of Vermont is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 13,097
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Vermont offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. University of Vermont also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Vermont, 30 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of Vermont.

Students who have cars on campus 30%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Vermont, 58.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,524.

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In-state tuition and fees $15,718 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $36,646 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,402 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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