Because you know who you are, and what you want in a college — and it’s more than a degree. Green Mountain College is the liberal arts education with a purpose.
A place where every academic field is integrated with a focus on sustainability. Where students lead, teachers guide, and hands-on learning comes to life. Where your world becomes 100% Vermont — circled by mountains, inspired by lakes, embraced by a spirit of “everyone belongs.”
Let’s get specific about what makes Green Mountain College right for you:
Pioneers for a sustainable world.
Our curriculum is built on a framework of social, economic, and environmental sustainability. The first of its kind in the U.S., it remains the model for Environmental Liberal Arts (ELA). Regardless of major, you and your peers complete our 37-credit ELA sequence, a cross-disciplinary program that prepares you for a career in today’s fastest-growing fields, including the green jobs sector. Ranked #2 by Princeton Review’s Top 50 Green Colleges, Green Mountain College is where tomorrow’s pioneers start to build a better world.
Find a deeper connection.
Here, the classroom is more than a place to sit and take notes. It’s where you connect, engage, and collaborate with the world’s foremost sustainability experts — your professors. Beyond the classroom, you can expect to work and learn one-on-one with faculty. They get to know you here, and many become mentors for life. If that sounds extraordinary, it is: In the 2013 National Survey of Student Engagement, Green Mountain College placed in the top 10% for student-faculty interaction.
Your classroom is Vermont.
And you have hundreds of pristine acres to play and learn in. But beyond beauty, Vermont is a way of life: down to earth, genuine, original. A place where people lead rather than follow, and where you can be part of a long tradition of social and environmental activism. It ranks as the healthiest and best-educated state in the country, and #3 for “most livable.” All of which makes Vermont the perfect spot to spend the next four years of your life.
Practice what we teach.
It’s not just talk here — “green” is a way of life. Giving back at least as much as we take in, we’re now a climate-neutral and EPA Energy Star campus. And it’s largely student-led projects that make the difference, like a biomass facility that generates 85% of the energy we use. Just one of many reasons Green Mountain College lands in Sierra magazine’s Top 10 “Cool Schools” more often than any other institution.
Learn it, then do it.
First the brain, next the hands — it’s how we blend the best of classroom theory with practical, hands-on experience. The result is a deeper kind of learning that gives you a leg up in the working world. Because you enter the job market knowing how to put ideas into action, through experiences like field work at our student-run farm, an internship at Greenpeace, or a stint at Killington Ski Resort or the Office of Senator Bernie Sanders. It’s your world — and it’s “the real world,” long before you graduate.
Make a difference in the world.
This is a point of pride — our graduates go on to create real change as leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers, and problem solvers. Whether pursuing a graduate degree or entering the workforce, they arrive as self-starting professionals with real-life skills. What’s more, a remarkable 94% of graduates report satisfaction with their jobs. For our students, meaningful work begets a meaningful life.
Higher education, doable cost.
You’re looking for an excellent education — and one you can afford. Which is why we work to keep tuition within everyone’s reach, with 97% of first-year students receiving financial aid. In fact, the average student here pays 20% less than the national average for private school tuition. Factor in a one-of-a-kind curriculum and powerful outcomes for our graduates, and you begin to see the merits of a high-value education.
Choose the major you want.
Why limit yourself to a school that offers just one focus? Benefit from a full liberal arts curriculum, with a choice of over 40 majors and minors in subjects as diverse as Biology, Resort Management, Adventure Education, Fine Arts, and Sustainable Business — all with a baked-in emphasis on sustainability. And if you don’t see your dream major or course offering listed? You’re free to design it yourself.
Find your people, get involved.
“Feels like family” is how fellow students describe their close-knit, positive, and lively scene. Concerts, festivals, a campus farm, and outdoor adventure programs are just the beginning. It’s easy to find “your crew” when you can join any of 40 clubs and teams, from Quidditch to Karate, Pre-Med and Vegan Club, Division III athletics, and more. Students here are engaged, focused on the future, and driven to innovate — all with a shared and profound respect for the environment.
We are strong because we’re small.
How can “small” be strong? Because it allows a 14:1 student-teacher ratio, with an average class size under 20. Because it makes personalized learning possible, creates opportunities for every student to lead, and fosters a nimble and responsive faculty. Because small means there’s a social scene here you don’t have to work at creating. And when you take a tour of our picturesque Vermont campus, you’ll learn something more about small: it’s also beautiful.