The high diversity rating is not reflective of the ideological and political spectrum here. There is a minimal conservative presence on campus, and many students are condescending if you do not agree with their views. The school is not diverse, either racially or ideologically.
If you are looking for a place where you can have meaningful political and ideological discourse, UVM is not for you.
The party scene is adversely affected by the inflexible attitude of the school administration, which is divorced from reality when it comes to how much they believe they can successfully legislate the morality of their students. When ~10,000 students between the ages of 18-21 live in such a small area, there WILL be partying- a reality that seems to be lost on the school. Additionally, there is a war on the Greek community, which is demonized and defunded, despite the fact that they contribute substantially to the philanthropic efforts of the student body.