Since 1791, the University of Vermont has worked to move humankind forward. Today, UVM is a Public Ivy and top research university of a perfect size, large enough to offer a breadth of ideas, resources, and opportunities, yet small enough to enable close faculty-student mentorship across all levels of study, from bachelors to M.D. programs. Here, students’ educational experience and activities are enriched by our location — from the energy and innovation of Burlington to the forests, farms, and independent spirit of Vermont. UVM provides students endless ways to explore the world, challenge ideas, and dig in on the most pressing issues of our time.
- 100+ majors in 7 undergraduate schools and colleges.
- 54 master's degree programs.
- 26 doctoral programs.
- 35 accelerated master's programs.
- M.D. program.
- 4 pre-professional advising options (pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-vet, pre-law).
- Fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Enrollment and size
- Undergraduate: 10,700.
- Graduate: 1,627.
- Medical: 478.
- Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: 33.
- Non-Degree: 743.
- An undergraduate student-faculty ratio of 16:1.
- Average undergraduate class size: 32.1.
- 98% of classes are taught by faculty (only 2% of classes are taught by graduate assistants).
- 98 students have won or been finalists in scholarship competitions ranging from the Fulbright to the Goldwater in the last five years.
- #6: UVM ranking for the number of graduates who enter the Peace Corps (among medium-sized schools).
- 95% of those employed full-time from the Classes of 2016-18 are satisfied with their positions.
- 75% of graduates from the Classes of 2016-18 were employed within six months of graduation.
- Admit rate to medical school for grads who participate in UVM’s Committee Letter Process: 64% (national rate: 42%); Admit rate to law school: 92% (national rate: 73%); Admit rate to veterinary school: more than 90% among animal science majors (national rate, approx. 50%).
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- 92% of seniors report being engaged in research, an internship or other experience-based learning/high impact practice during their time at UVM.
- 40% of seniors report involvement in research with faculty mentors while at UVM.
- Nearly 500 study abroad options in more than 70 countries; 24% of undergraduates study abroad.
- 94 service-learning courses; 42% of seniors have taken at least one service-learning class while at UVM.
- 7,000+ internships listed by the Career Center.
History and Tradition
- Founded in 1791.
- The fifth oldest university in New England (after Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, and Brown).
- The first institution of higher education to declare public support for freedom of religion.
- The first university to admit women and African-Americans into Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
- Called UVM for Universitas Viridis Montis, Latin for "University of the Green Mountains".
- Motto: "Studiis et Rebus Honestis" — "For studies and other honest pursuits".
- School colors: Green and gold.
- Mascot: Catamount.
Location - Burlington, Vermont
- Our hometown perennially appears on national rankings that laud its livability, access to nature and recreation (including the best skiing in the northeast), thriving food and music scene, rising identity as a technology and innovation hub, and its status as a top college town.
- Burlington, Vt. metro-area population of approximately 210,000, Vermont's largest city.
- 3.5-hour drive northwest of Boston, 90-minute drive southeast of Montreal -- international and metropolitan culture are easily accessible for a weekend adventure.
- Located on Lake Champlain -- a stunning lake with 587 miles (945 kilometers) of shoreline -- Burlington itself features an 8-mile paved trail that runs along the lake.
- 25 to 60 minutes to ski resorts, including Bolton Valley, Stowe, Sugarbush, Mad River Glen and Smuggler's Notch.
- Burlington's Church Street marketplace features national chains such as Lululemon, Athleta, Patagonia, Banana Republic, L.L. Bean, Urban Outfitters, GAP, Eddie Bauer, Abercrombie & Fitch and Starbucks, as well as many locally-owned stores and boutiques.
- Large local employers include Global Foundries, GE Healthcare, Keurig Green Mountain, Dealer.com, Seventh Generation and Ben & Jerry’s Homemade. Vermont’s public K-12 schools are perennially ranked among the best in the nation.
Burlington gets national attention for its music and food scenes — both are Vermont fresh and often accented by the city's rich ethnic diversity.
At the heart of all is Church Street, a pedestrian marketplace featuring brand-names like L.L. Bean, Banana Republic, Lululemon, along with local outfitters and boutiques. Food carts, outdoor eateries, street performers, yoga studios, tea houses, and coffee shops — they all contribute to the independent urban vibe you've heard about. The city's many theaters feature local talent along with acts from Broadway and other world stages, while our 45+ studios and galleries leave no question why Burlington is revered for its creative culture.
Outside magazine named Burlington a "Best Town Ever"; National Geographic calls it a "Top Adventure Town."
It's easy to find a quick outdoor escape right in the city. Lake Champlain (1 mile from the UVM campus) boasts a beautiful waterfront park, 12-mile bike path along its shoreline, and 3 sand beaches with stunning views. More bike routes and nature trails weave in and around the city. For weekend adventure, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking ... and some of the Northeast's favorite resort towns are but an hour away.
Diversity and inclusion
At UVM, our culture of diversity and acceptance comes only from the active pursuit of it. Please allow us to walk you through the ways in which our administration, staff, faculty, and students help to realize a safe and common ground at UVM. Establishing a diverse and inclusive culture is a priority at the University of Vermont. In fact, UVM holds that diversity and academic excellence are inseparable.