2017 Best Colleges in Vermont

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    Middlebury College

    • Middlebury, VT
    • 463 reviews
    College Sophomore:Professors here are great, I have had very few professors that I did not like. Most are extremely engaging and very invested in their students' learning. Registration can be stressful, especially freshman year, but it typically works itself out during the add/drop period. Workload at times can be overwhelming, but not more than to be expected from any top college. Lots of great study spaces around campus with a variety of atmospheres.
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    Saint Michael's College

    • Colchester, VT
    • 472 reviews
    College Sophomore:There is a great diversity in classes available and professors that teach them. Though the registration process can be a burden, I've enjoyed most of my classes.
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    University of Vermont

    • Burlington, VT
    • 1,557 reviews
    College Junior:I have had an incredible experience at UVM! There is something for everyone. I was able to find a great group of friends by living in the dorms and joining clubs that I was interested in. I joined the women's club lacrosse team and I am also a member of VOX, the voices for Planned Parenthood club on campus. I have had so many amazing opportunities through these blucs that I would have never had the opportunity to have at a different school. Not to mention, I have met some of the greatest people. Even though UVM is a larger school, I have had any one on one attention and extra help that I seek out. As my major has specified, my class sizes are smaller and I definitely do not feel like "just a number" here. If I could do it all over again, I would pick UVM in a heartbeat.
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    Champlain College

    • Burlington, VT
    • 668 reviews
    College Junior:My major is unique, hands-on and the staff treat me as if I am already in the field. School has a great environment and everyone has a place to fit in. Freshman dorms are a hit or miss, but Finney Quad dorms are beautiful. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
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    Vermont Technical College

    • Randolph Center, VT
    • 179 reviews
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    Bennington College

    • Bennington, VT
    • 199 reviews
    College Junior:I love Bennington. It's got a really close, vibrant community, full of people who are working on the things they love. The workload can be hard and it is expensive here, but I feel like I'm really getting a better, broader education here than I could anywhere else.
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    Norwich University

    • Northfield, VT
    • 416 reviews
    College Sophomore:The Corps of Cadets is the kind of structure I needed to do well. Having physical fitness requirements makes sure that I make healthy decisions between exercising and eating somewhat healthy.
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    Castleton University

    • Castleton, VT
    • 463 reviews
    College Sophomore:It all depends on who you have for a teacher, who your advisor is, and how personally motivated you are. If you are on top of what you need to do then you will do great in this school. On the other hand if you need others to get everything lined up for you, it might be difficult to reach your flu potential as a college student.
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    Green Mountain College

    • Poultney, VT
    • 240 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:Numerous academic and extracurricular activities at Green Mountain College shaped me into the professional I am now. I would definitely not have my current career had I attended elsewhere.
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    Lyndon State College

    • Lyndonville, VT
    • 245 reviews
    College Freshman:The school is remote and you need a car for everything. I grew up overseas in a military family who are still overseas so it's hard to get from the airport to campus. I wish the school supplied a shuttle for a cheaper rate for students. I also wish there was a shuttle for making weekend runs for groceries, toiletries, etc. I love that you do get to know most students on campus. I love the fact that even though it's a small school, it still offers many programs and sports opportunities as larger schools.
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    Johnson State College

    • Johnson, VT
    • 297 reviews
    College Junior:A lot of the faculty members I'm glad to have met and been mentored by them, but I'm not personally engaged with the school. I only regret not going to a school that teaches my specific discipline, but I didn't even know what I wanted to do when deciding for a school. The campus is small and the classes are as well, so it's easy to communicate with everyone. I'm just glad everyone is so openminded, kind and patient. I don't dislike my school because it has the potential to produce wonderful people, but the funding isn't there for the school to flourish. There is a lot of financial aid, but to attract and keep students like myself, they need more available than the traditional courses we learn in high school.
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