Green Mountain College was founded in 1834 by the Troy Conference of the United Methodist Church. Throughout its history, strong teacher-student relationships have been the hallmark of a GMC education, a tradition that continues today. Historical Timeline
At the heart of the College’s environmental mission is the 37-credit Environmental Liberal Arts General Education Program, which all GMC students complete. ELA combines the skills and content of a strong liberal arts course of study with a focus on the environment.
Experiential learning is also central to a GMC education: Students are encouraged to gain hands-on experience through internships, service-learning opportunities and study abroad programs. Interdisciplinary block courses allow students to spend an entire semester working with professors from multiple disciplines on a single area of focus, often through field research, overnight outings, discussions with experts and a culminating project. Adventure programming and the Farm and Food Project provide additional hands-on learning opportunities.
Majors & Minors
23 majors, 24 minors, 5 certificates
- Masters Programs
- Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
- Masters of Science in Environmental Studies (MSES)
- Masters in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS)
- Master in Resilient and Sustainable Communities (MRSC)
- Farm and Food Project
- Service Learning and Sustainability
- Eco League
- Honors Program
- Progressive Program
- Online Degree Completion
- School Profile
- 575 undergraduates / 200 graduate students
- Student to faculty ratio: 14:1
- Full-time faculty: 40
- Faculty holding doctoral or other terminal degree: 91 percent
- Retention Rate: 68%
- Six-year Graduation Rate: 42%
Green Mountain College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. The education department is accredited by the Vermont State Department of Education. The programs in recreation and outdoor studies are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of the National Recreation and Park Association and the Association for Leisure and Recreation. Green Mountain College is a member of the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges.
Green Mountain College is situated in southern Vermont’s beautiful lakes region, with the Adirondack Mountains to the west and the Green Mountains to the east. The 155-acre campus features athletic fields, a farm supporting a CSA and livestock, hiking trails, and a great swimming hole on the Poultney River. View our campus map.
GMC competes in NCAA Division III. The College boasts seven men’s teams and seven women’s teams, including basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track and field and volleyball. Club sports include men’s and women’s rugby and Ultimate Frisbee.