Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Vermont.
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Below is a list of some of the agencies that accredit institutions of higher education in Vermont. It’s important to note that this list does not include program-specific accreditation, only institutional accreditation.
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Higher Education Links
Need more information on higher education in Vermont? The websites for the state board of education and the Consortium of Vermont Colleges can help you find schools in Vermont, search for schools by major, and much more.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific area. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
Public higher education in Vermont is dominated by a large research institution and the five colleges that make up the Vermont State Colleges system, which serves more than 13,000 students. Here’s a look at three of the state’s public schools.
University of Vermont
The University of Vermont was founded in 1791, making it one of the oldest colleges in the U.S. More than 11,000 students are enrolled at the undergraduate level. The research institution is considered a “Public Ivy,” or a school with academics comparable to the private, Ivy League schools. Befitting that reputation, the University of Vermont is ranked among the top universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes.
Vermont Tech is one of the five schools in the Vermont State Colleges system. It is the only technical college in the state and has two campuses.
Johnson State College
More than 1,900 students attend Johnson State College, the largest institution in the five Vermont State Colleges system. It offers 25 undergraduate majors, as well as two associate-degree programs and master’s degrees in education, counseling, and studio arts.
The school’s statewide degree-completion program geared towards adult learners offers the lowest tuition in Vermont.
There’s a little more than a dozen private colleges in the Green Mountain State, which are largely small, liberal arts institutions. Here’s a closer look at three of them.
Middlebury College is ranked among the top five liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The rural school prides itself on a rigorous liberal arts curriculum. Standout programs include languages and literature, environmental studies, sciences, and international studies.
Norwich University is America’s first private military college, founded in 1819. Today it has more than 2,300 undergraduate students, most of whom are Cadets, though the student body does include a small number of traditional students. U.S. News & World Reports ranks the school among the best in the North.
Founded in 1878, Champlain College has a long history of serving career-minded students. Its “Upside-Down Curriculum” allows students to take classes in their major starting in their very first semester. The school is ranked by U.S News & World Report among the best in the North.