The Vermont State Colleges: Think Vermont First

The Vermont State College system comprises five unique institutions across Vermont: Castleton University, Community College of Vermont, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College and Vermont Technical College. As a system, the VSC strives to be accessible by providing affordable tuition and financial aid options as well as a variety of learning formats and locations throughout the state.

Vermont high school students can access their state colleges during high school to earn up to 30 college credits tuition-free through a number of enrollment options, including Early College, Vermont Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), Fast Forward, Jump Start and Dual Enrollment. Courses are offered online, on weekends, and at convenient times after school and in a residential format, providing many choices for high school students to earn college credits -- all with no cost for tuition.

Each college has a distinctive character and offers programs to meet the special interests and needs of students. What they have in common is their affordability, high-quality education and ability to easily transfer credits among institutions. They also predominantly serve a Vermont audience, including high schoolers, graduates aspiring to post-secondary education, professionals seeking to change or enhance their careers, and lifelong learners. With a multitude of degree programs to choose from, Vermonters need only look to their state colleges for their preferred area of study at an affordable price.

Castleton University

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Castleton University is Vermont’s first institution of higher education. Offering more than 75 programs of study for undergraduate and graduate students, Castleton has a wide variety of degree options with a relationship-based approach. The University boasts an active campus life with over 40 student clubs and organizations and 27 NCAA Division III sports. Students at Castleton benefit from experiential learning from 400 community partnerships through civic engagement, internship, the green campus initiative, and a unique connection with Downtown Rutland. ​

Community College of Vermont 

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The Community College of Vermont is Vermont’s second largest college and the largest of the state colleges, serving over 7,000 students each semester. With 12 locations and extensive online learning options, students don’t have to travel far from their communities to access CCV’s degree and certificate programs, secondary and continuing education opportunities, workforce development training and academic and veterans support services. ​


Johnson State College

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Johnson State College is a leader in high-impact education that takes students into the laboratory, the field and the community through internships, research, study away, civic engagement and other career-building opportunities. On campus, JSC offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs, with signature programs in health and environmental sciences, education, wellness and alternative medicine, and fine and performing arts. Off campus, its award-winning External Degree Program offers online courses and weekend-only classes in four Vermont communities.​


Lyndon State College

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Lyndon State College helps students turn their passion into a profession.  A cornerstone of the Lyndon education is their hands-on, experiential learning from faculty who are knowledgeable and accessible. Lyndon offers a number of nationally recognized professional programs, including Atmospheric Sciences, Mountain Recreation Management, Education, and Electronic Journalism. They also prepare students for careers in business, exercise science, graphic design, psychology and human services, the music business, and visual arts. With a highly personal touch, the friendly, modern campus is an active and tight-knit community set in the adventure playground of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. 


Vermont Technical College

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Vermont Technical College offers two- and four-year degree programs and certificates are uniquely connected to Vermont industries like agriculture, energy, health care, structural and environmental engineering, manufacturing, computing, and software engineering. With a 96% job and advanced education placement rate, a Vermont Tech degree is one of the best pathways for post-graduate employment. Students at Vermont Tech learn through an applied, technical approach with 100% of their degrees earned with hands-on education. Vermont Tech has two residential campuses in Randolph and Williston, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington, as well as five nursing campuses located throughout the state. ​