University of Vermont

Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources


At UVM, we think big and inspire others to do the same. Our academic program combines faculty-student relationships most commonly found in a small liberal arts college with the resources of a major research institution. The university is home to 10,081 undergraduates, 1,360 graduate students, 457 medical students and 1,556 full- and part-time faculty. Located in Burlington, Vermont (America's #1 College Town -- Travel + Leisure), UVM's setting on the shores of Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and the Green mountain ranges, gives a mountaintop perspective of all that's possible -- and offers the tools you will need to get there.

Vision, Mission, and Goals

The Vision of the University of Vermont:

To be among the nation’s premier small research universities, preeminent in our comprehensive commitment to liberal education, environment, health, and public service.

The Mission of the University of Vermont:

To create, evaluate, share, and apply knowledge and to prepare students to be accountable leaders who will bring to their work dedication to the global community, a grasp of complexity, effective problem-solving and communication skills, and an enduring commitment to learning and ethical conduct.

The Goals of the University of Vermont:

Therefore, to realize our vision to be among the nation’s premier small research universities, we must take these actions.

  • “Access to Success”: Promoting Affordability, Financial Access, and Academic Support
  • Promoting a culture of advancing academic excellence and cultivating talent
  • Identifying necessary investments to ensure a bright future
  • Instilling an institutional commitment to efficiency and effectiveness that optimizes the use of facilities, technology, assets, and shared services

UVM Facts

History and Tradition

  • Founded 1791
  • Fifth oldest university in New England (after Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth and Brown)
  • First institution of higher education to declare public support for freedom of religion
  • First university to admit women and African-Americans into Phi Beta Kappa honor society
  • Called UVM for Universitas Viridis Montis, Latin for "University of the Green Mountains"
  • Motto: "Studiis et Rebus Honestis" — "For studies and other honest pursuits"
  • School colors: Green and gold
  • Mascot: Catamount


  • 100 majors in 7 undergraduate schools and colleges
  • 50 master's degree programs; 24 doctoral programs; M.D. program
  • 4 pre-professional options (pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-vet, pre-law)
  • Fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)


  • Undergraduate: 10,081
  • Graduate: 1,360
  • Medical: 457
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: 25
  • Non-Degree (CE): 892


  • 1,896 undergraduate course offerings
  • Average undergraduate class size: 30
  • 98% of classes are taught by faculty (only 2% of classes are taught by graduate assistants)

Campus Life

  • Undergraduates enrolled from 48 states
  • 4.2% of undergraduates are international students
  • 44 student veterans
  • Over 200 student clubs and organizations, including a nationally recognized debate team and a student-run newspaper, radio station, TV station, rescue squad, legal services and many more academic, artistic, musical, cultural, ethnic, political, and religious clubs; 30 service clubs promoting health, literacy, and/or justice
  • 56 club sports, some engaged in intercollegiate competition, and around 20 intramural teams
  • 18 NCAA Division I Athletics teams (8 men's and 10 women's)
  • On-campus students live in 41 residence halls and have access to over a dozen dining facilities
  • 40+ theme-based housing offerings where 30% of students reside


  • 1,196 full-time and 319 part-time faculty
  • 90% of full-time faculty hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field
  • Undergraduate student-faculty ratio: 15/1

Experience-based Learning

  • 91% of seniors report being engaged in research, an internship or other experience-based learning/high impact practice during their time at UVM
  • 38% of seniors report involvement in research with faculty mentor*
  • 700 study abroad options in 70 countries; 32% of undergraduates studied abroad (2014)
  • 76 service learning courses
This school offers programs in:
  • English


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