Historical Highlights

Here are a few highlights from our rich, 100+ year history:

  • Chartered the same year that Vermont became the 14th state.
  • Established as the fifth college in New England (after Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth and Brown).
  • UVM stands for the Latin words Universitas Viridis Montis, or University of the Green Mountains.
  • The 460-acre main campus overlooks Lake Champlain and Burlington.
  • Founder Ira Allen was responsible for much of UVM’s initial funding and planning.
  • The citizens of Burlington helped fund the university’s first building and rebuild it after a fire.
  • In 1877, UVM became the first to admit African Americans to its chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society. 
  • UVM is the first educational institution to admit students without regard to religion and the first in New England to admit women.
UVM Gateway sign
UVM Gateway sign