The #1 College Town in America
Located in Burlington, Vermont, UVM is in the heart of Vermont’s largest city. The campus includes the historic University Green, the Dudley H. Davis Center, the Fleming Museum of Art, and the Gutterson/Patrick athletic complex. UVM is home to 9,958 undergraduates, 1,371 graduate students, 459 medical students, and 1,364 full- and part-time faculty. Our academic programs combine faculty-student relationships most commonly found in a small liberal arts college with the resources of a major research institution.
Who We Are
Burlington is known for being healthy, active, progressive, and community-minded. Home to the University of Vermont and Champlain College, Burlington is much more than your average college town. Its outdoorsy vibe, citizen activism, artistic flair, vibrant local food scene, proximity to ski resorts, and scenic settings along Lake Champlain make Vermont’s largest city a place worth exploring.
The Heart of Burlington
Church Street, in the heart of Burlington, is one of the most popular resident and visitor destinations in Vermont. The city’s brick and cobblestone pedestrian marketplace features dozens of locally owned restaurants, food cart vendors, shops, cafés, and outdoor entertainment. What makes Church Street unique is its universal popularity among locals, students, and tourists from around the US and around the world. Established in 1981, Church Street draws 3 million visitors per year to shop, dine, explore, and stroll.
Explore the Great Outdoors
Mount Mansfield. Lincoln Peak. Smuggler’s Notch. Need we say more? Vermont’s mountains offer year-round opportunities for hiking, skiing, and camping. Burlington is located an hour from major Vermont ski resorts that offer the best terrain in the East. The Long Trail, the oldest long- distance trail in the United States, is a 272-mile footpath that follows the main ridge of Vermont’s Green Mountains. It was the inspiration for the Appalachian Trail and crosses the state’s highest, most glorious peaks.
What Lies Beneath
Known as the “Sixth Great Lake,” Lake Champlain is 120 miles long and covers 435 square miles bordering Vermont, New York, and Quebec. The lake is perfect for sailing, swimming, fishing, and kayaking, and offers views of the best sunsets around. According to local legend, Lake Champlain is 400 feet deep in places—deep enough to harbor Vermont’s very own prehistoric monster, “Champ.” It’s also home to one of the world’s oldest coral reefs and is the final resting place for 300 historic shipwrecks.
What We’re Made Of
UVM was founded in 1791 and is the fifth-oldest university in New England. UVM is labeled as one of the original Public Ivies, a publicly funded university thought to provide a quality of education comparable to that of the Ivy Leagues. Much of the initial funding and planning for the university was undertaken by Ira Allen. Allen donated a 50-acre parcel of land for the university, which has been maintained as the university’s main green, where you’ll find a statue of Allen and the nearby Ira Allen Chapel.
Where We’re Going
UVM is committed to being a comprehensive, engaging, and compelling public research university. UVM’s new STEM initiative will bring a state-of-the-art complex of labs, classrooms, and research facilities to campus and establish a promising new academic and economic development vision for UVM. Our expertise in environmental studies, sustainability, and food systems will continue to give students a superior advantage in today’s ever-changing global marketplace.