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Rigorous, Research-Based “Public Ivy” Education at UVM

The University of Vermont appears in our ranking of America’s Top 50 Colleges For Students With Disabilities.

Ranked 96th nationally by the U.S. News & World Report, the University of Vermont is a flagship state-funded, sea-grant AEC member in Burlington that offers 110 bachelor’s, 63 master’s, and 27 doctoral degrees plus the Pre-College Dual Enrollment Program at a 17:1 student-teacher ratio. For example, the Ecological Agriculture B.S. follows a 120-credit, four-year curriculum under Dr. Ernesto Mendez with hands-on Hardacre Equine Center practice, Crop Breeding Lab projects, and Horticulture Club membership for 91 percent job placement. Chaired by Dr. Patricia Riley, the Music Education B.S. shapes a 120-credit, CAEP-accredited plan for PreK-12 certification with 60 observation hours plus 16-week student teaching assignments like Edmunds Elementary or Hunt Middle School.

Online on Blackboard since 2013, the Medical Laboratory Science M.S. has delivered a 43-credit, NAACLS-accredited degree headed by Dr. Paula Deming that mixes 300-level courses like Immunobiology and semester-long UVM Health Network internships for 92 percent certification success. Directed by Dr. Andrea Lini, the Geology M.S. builds a 30-credit, two-year thesis sequence where post-grads can secure Perkins Museum internships, conduct Cosmogenic Isotope Lab research, take Iceland expeditions, and join GeoClub.

Other Vermont degrees include the Physics B.S., Russian B.A., Electrical Engineering B.S., Theatre B.A., Data Science B.S., Historic Preservation M.S., Counseling M.S., Pharmacology Ph.D., Psychology Ph.D., Human Rehabilitation Ph.D., and Natural Resources Ph.D.

About the University of Vermont

The University of Vermont was chartered in 1791 when the “Green Mountain State” became the 14th to join the Union. Its campus was erected on an initial 50-acre tract donated by Founding Father Ira Allen in 1780. In 1801, Rev. Daniel Sanders welcomed the inaugural class of seven. In 1820, Nathan Smith founded the College of Medicine. In 1824, Burlington citizens raised funds to rebuild the Old Mill Building damaged by fire. In 1862, UVM derived increased funds from the Morrill Land-Grant College Act. After the Civil War, it merged with Vermont Agricultural College in 1865. One decade later, UVM became the first Phi Beta Kappa member to fully admit women. In 1877, the University of Vermont started enrolling African-American students. By 1924, UVM was pioneering the New England state’s first radio broadcast.

Endowed for $453.3 million, the University of Vermont now employs 1,685 faculty teaching 10,612 undergrad and 1,552 post-grad Catamounts from 63 countries online or on the 460-acre Burlington campus near Lake Champlain with 200+ clubs like Alianza Latinx. In 2015, UVM received the New England Clean Cities Coalition’s Northern Star Award. In 2017, Vermont’s Survivors of Torture and Trauma Program won an APA Human Rights Award. The University of Vermont accepted a 2018 CASE District I Circle of Excellence Award too. Forbes named UVM the 48th best public college and 91st top research institution. On Niche, UVM boasts America’s 23rd best agriculture, 88th top environmental science, and 122nd best nursing degrees. Money magazine declared Vermont the 172nd top value. The Princeton Review picked UVM for the 17th best health services and 11th most liberal students.

University of Vermont Accreditation Details

On February 15, 2018, the University of Vermont satisfactorily submitted the Institutional Self-Study Report to the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) to reaffirm the Level VI accreditation through 2027-28 under the 27th president, Dr. Suresh Garimella, who earned the Gustus Larson Memorial Award for Mechanical Engineering. Located 208 miles southeast via Interstate 89 in Burlington, Massachusetts, this superb six-state New England Region accreditor is authorized by the U.S. Education Department and Vermont Agency of Education. The 2019-20 Catalog also lists the following accreditations:

  • Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • Society of American Foresters
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • American Psychological Association
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

University of Vermont Application Requirements

Admission to the University of Vermont is classified “moderately difficult” by Peterson’s since only 14,365 of the 21,263 Fall 2018 applicants were victorious for 68 percent acceptance. First-year Catamounts should finish high school with four English and math units or the GED. The Class of 2022 presented an average GPA of 3.53. The middle 50th percentile had ACT scores of 25-30. Mid-range admitted SAT scores were 1180-1350. The Honors College seeks freshmen with minimum 3.4 GPAs. Successful transfers generally have 30+ non-developmental credits with collegiate GPAs above 2.8. International students should aim for at least 90 TOEFL iBT or 6.5 IELTS scores. Graduate College entrants must hold a regionally accredited U.S. bachelor’s or foreign equivalent. Most programs require cumulative GPAs of 3.0-3.3 or better. Average GRE scores are 152 Quantitative and 158 Verbal. The Grossman School accepts a median 570 GMAT score. Doctor of Medicine candidates achieve a mean 509 MCAT score.

The University of Vermont set freshman deadlines of November 1st for Early Action and January 15th for Regular Decision. Undergrad transfers must file before April 15th for Fall or November 1st for Spring enrollment. The Graduate College has diverse program-specific dates. For instance, the Plant Biology M.S. closes on December 1st. Educational Leadership M.Ed. cohorts are welcome until May 15th or November 15th. The Athletic Training M.S. enforces a February 15th deadline. Prospective Catamounts complete the UVM or Common Application online for $55 ($65 if graduate). Official transcripts are mailed to 184 South Prospect Street in Burlington, VT 05401. Test scores are sent directly via SAT/GRE code 3290 or ACT code 4322. Learn supplemental steps by contacting (802) 656-3370 or admissions@uvm.edu.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2019-20, the University of Vermont is charging in-state undergrads $8,196 each full-time semester. Non-resident bachelor’s tuition is $20,640. Mandatory comprehensive fees are $1,205 by term. Room and board for the Burlington campus’ dorms like Patterson Hall adds $6,473 each semester. UVM budgets $1,200 for books and $2,272 for miscellaneous. Annual undergrad attendance equals about $35,220 in-state and $60,468 out-of-state. The Graduate College bills Vermonters $683 and non-residents $1,720 per credit. Full-time master’s and doctoral students cover the $1,043 comprehensive fee. Unless waived, medical insurance incurs the $371 health fee.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Student Financial Services Office in Waterman Building Room 223 links 80 percent of full-time UVM Catamounts to tuition aid averaging $16,130 each for $145.76 million combined. University funds include the Green & Gold Scholarship, Global Gateway Scholarship, Community Service Scholarship, Patrick Family Scholarship, Justin Morrill Scholarship, Yellow Ribbon Scholarship, Akol Aguek Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, Bernard Osher Foundation Re-entry Scholarship, AmeriCorps Scholarship, Dr. Robert Larner Scholarship, and Robert Noyce Scholarship. The Presidential Scholarship gifts $20,000 annually to out-of-state undergrads who maintain minimum 3.0 GPAs. The $5,000 CCV 2+2 Scholarship supports associate degree graduates with 60+ credits from the Community College of Vermont. Federal resources, such as the Pell Grant or Plus Loan, require FAFSA applications coded 003696. Vermonters might also claim the Alfred Granger Scholarship, Horatio Alger Scholarship, Alice Coapland Scholarship, Carol Hurley Scholarship, Sister Elizabeth Candon Scholarship, and more.

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