No matter what educational path you choose, at Green Mountain College our focus is on academic excellence, and a campus-wide commitment to environmental values.
If you are planning to attend GMC for the fall semester, you will be mailed a handmade cup created by one of our recent graduates Pat Girard ‘06.
Pat was drawn to ceramics in high school, arranging his academic schedule so he could immerse himself in pottery. After graduating, Pat had a “this is definitely the place for me” moment when he visited GMC for the first time. He originally enrolled in the K-12 art certification program—“everyone kept telling me I needed something to fall back on in case things didn’t work with ceramics,” he said—but he always knew his first goal was to start his own studio. In his senior year he switched his major to fine arts and wrote out a business plan as part of his senior project with art professor Jen Baker. It turned out to be more than just an academic exercise.
Pat opened his own business—Girard Stonewear—in Glens Falls New York. A successful artist and entrepreneur, he credits much of his success to his Green Mountain College mentors. “My work definitely comes out of my teachers’ commitment. They’re great at their craft—I want to hear them say ‘great job, good stuff!’”
Meet our current Green Mountain College students and read what they have to say about the GMC experience, or use the links below to explore different aspects of Green Mountain College in more depth:
The "Green" Advantage
Learn more about how environmental awareness is infused into every aspect of a liberal arts education. ➔
Good conversation, a smaller student body, and an intimate campus. ➔
Vermont at its Best
The Poultney village, a beautiful lake, hiking trails, and more ➔
A Great Value
90% of GMC students receive some financial assistance. Learn more about what GMC is doing to keep college education affordable ➔
Take the Next Step
Plan a visit, get to Vermont, and experience the campus in person. ➔