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Castleton University Data & Information Overview

66 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
87% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Castleton University Ranked?

#1,250 Best Colleges in Nation
#8 Best Colleges in VT
Communication & Journalism Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Castleton University was awarded 66 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is communication & journalism.

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Overall Quality

Castleton landed the #1,250 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,217 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Castleton held the #1,265 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 11 colleges in Vermont, Castleton is ranked at #8.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Castleton?

87% Acceptance Rate
52% Of Accepted Are Women
13% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 87%, some consider Castleton to be a safety school. But don't just assume that admittance is in the bag. Make sure to spend enough time on your application so that it is in tip-top shape.

Average Test Scores

About 13% of students accepted to Castleton submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 488 and 580. Math scores were between 470 and 578.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Castleton University  ( 488 to 580 )

SAT Math Scores for Castleton University  ( 470 to 578 )
Castleton received ACT scores from 1% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 16 and 22.

ACT Composite Scores for Castleton University  ( 16 to 22 )

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Castleton University Faculty

14 to 1 Student to Faculty
100% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Castleton University is about average at 14 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Castleton University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Castleton University

67% Freshmen Retention
42% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Castleton University is 67%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  67 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Castleton for first-time, full-time students is 42%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  42 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Castleton University.

Castleton University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,466 Full-Time Undergraduates
11.7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
56.1% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,744 undergraduates at Castleton with 1,466 being full-time and 278 being part-time.

How Much Does Castleton University Cost?

$17,740 Net Price
75% Take Out Loans
$33,984 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Castleton is $17,740. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Castleton

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,297 $14,587 $17,286 $20,982 $22,133

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Castleton, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Castleton, approximately 75% of students took out student loans averaging $8,496 a year. That adds up to $33,984 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Castleton is 5.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Castleton Graduates Make?

$46,876 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Castleton with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $46,876 in their early years. This is good news for future Castleton graduates since it is 10% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Castleton University make the most money.

Location of Castleton University

Vermont State
1,466 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Located in Castleton, Vermont, Castleton University is a public institution. Castleton is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

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Contact details for Castleton are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 62 Alumni Dr, Castleton, VT 05735
Phone: 802-468-5611

Castleton University Majors

52 Majors With Completions
360 Undergraduate Degrees
58 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 52 majors graduated from Castleton University. Of these students, 360 received undergraduate degrees and 58 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 52 $63,804
Social Work 30 NA
General Psychology 28 NA
Accounting 25 $40,895
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 21 $36,477
Business Administration & Management 15 $37,266
Health Sciences & Services 15 NA
Health/Medical Prep Programs 11 $35,193
General Business/Commerce 10 NA
History 10 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Castleton University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Castleton

24% Take At Least One Class Online
6% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 570 students took at least one online class at Castleton University. This is a decrease from the 1,042 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 570 140
2019-2020 1,042 354
2018-2019 274 109
2017-2018 93 53
2016-2017 116 62

Learn more about online learning at Castleton University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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