Vermont Colleges Summary

Although Vermont is one of the least-populated states, students can still find a variety of colleges that offer postsecondary education opportunities. There are five public four-year universities in Vermont, plus a technical college and a community college. The Green Mountain State also includes 18 private four-year universities and two private technical and trade schools.

Vermont Colleges: A Few Highlights

Middlebury College, founded in 1800, earned high marks from U.S. News & World Report in 2018, among liberal arts colleges in the U.S., in several categories: undergraduate teaching, best value, and leadership in language instruction and international studies, and environmental studies.

Landmark College, a unique and respected school exclusively for students with learning disabilities, AD/HD, or autism spectrum disorder, offers both associate and bachelor's degree programs.

The University of Vermont, considered a top research university, is also ranked one of the nation's Top Up-and-Coming Schools, institutions that are "making promising and innovative changes."

Castleton University is Vermont's first higher education institution, founded in 1787, and recently ranked No. 11 in Top Public Schools.

Finally, Vermont Technical College ranks in the top 20 Best Colleges in Regional Colleges North.

Vermont's Higher Education Initiatives

Many colleges in Vermont participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which makes it easier for students to take online courses offered by colleges based in other states.

Vermont's Dual Enrollment Programs allow high school students to earn community college credit or credit at some of the state's four-year colleges. The state's Early College Program is also designed to support eligible students who want to attend Vermont colleges.

Learn more by visiting the State of Vermont Agency of Education.


  • Landmark College, Accessed April 2018, of Vermont Agency of Education, Accessed April 2018,
  • Middlebury College, Accessed April 2018,
  • National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator, Accessed April 2018,
  • School Rankings 2018, U.S. News & World Report, Accessed April 2018,
Education Institutes in Vermont
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Vermont
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,