Resources › For Students and Parents Top Vermont Colleges Learn About 6 of the Top-Ranked Colleges and Universities in Vermont Share Flipboard Email Print For Students and Parents College Admissions College Rankings College Admissions Process College Profiles Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated August 23, 2018 Top Ranked U.S. Colleges: Universities | Public Universities | Liberal Arts Colleges | Engineering | Business | Women's | Most Selective | More Top Picks For a small state, Vermont has some excellent choices for higher education. My top picks for the state range in size from a small and quirky liberal arts college of a few hundred students to a public university nearly 13,000. The admissions standards vary greatly, so be sure to click on the profiles to learn more. My selection criteria include retention rates, four- and six-year graduation rates, value, student engagement, and notable curricular strengths. I have listed the schools alphabetically rather than forcing them into any kind of artificial ranking; these six schools vary so much in mission and personality that any distinctions in rank would be dubious at best. Along with excellent academics, these Vermont colleges offer easy access to the state's world-class skiing, climbing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Compare Vermont Colleges: SAT Scores | ACT Scores Bennington College Bennington College. redjar / Flickr Location: Bennington, VermontEnrollment: 805 (711 undergraduates)Type of Institution: private liberal arts collegeDistinctions: test-optional admissions, 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 12; students from 41 states and 13 countries; flexible self-designed curriculum; seven-week Field Work Term during which students study off campus and gain work experienceFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Bennington College profile Champlain College Champlain College. Nightspark / Wikimedia Commons Location: Burlington, VermontEnrollment: 4,778 (3,912 undergraduates)Type of Institution: career-focused private collegeDistinctions: blending of the liberal arts with professional applications; interesting niche programs such as game design and radiography; opportunity to bring your own business to college for development; 16 to 1 student / faculty ratio; located adjacent to the University of Vermont and just blocks from Lake ChamplainFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Champlain College profile Marlboro College Marlboro College. redjar / Flickr Location: Marlboro, VermontEnrollment: 198 (all undergraduate)Type of Institution: private liberal arts collegeDistinctions: featured in Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives; rigorous yet relatively unstructured curriculum; 5 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 10; student-designed course of study in junior and senior years; 69% of graduates go on to graduate schoolFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Marlboro College profile Middlebury College Middlebury College. khanqpa / flickr Location: Middlebury, VermontEnrollment: 2,549 (2,523 undergraduates)Type of Institution: private liberal arts collegeDistinctions: one of the top 10 liberal arts colleges; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences; 8 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 16; highly selective admissions; strong language and study abroad programsFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Middlebury College profile Saint Michael's College Saint Michael's College. Brian MacDonald / Wikimedia Commons Location: Colchester, VermontEnrollment: 2,226 (1,902 undergraduates)Type of Institution: private Catholic liberal arts collegeDistinctions: 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio; students from 29 states and 36 countries; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong programs in the liberal arts and sciences; NCAA Division II athletic programsFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Saint Michael's College profile University of Vermont University of Vermont. rachaelvoorhees / Flickr Location: Burlington, VermontEnrollment: 13,105 (11,159 undergraduates)Type of Institution: public universityDistinctions: chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences; 16 to 1 student / faculty ratio; rich and inclusive dating to 1791; "A+" on Sierra Club's environmental report card; member of the NCAA Division I America East ConferenceFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the University of Vermont profile Top New England Colleges New England Map. 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