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2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Vermont

9 Colleges
$33,939 Avg Cost*
4.2 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

Choosing which college to attend may be one of the most important decisions in your life. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Value Vermont Schools ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

We analyzed 9 colleges and universities to determine which were the best for overall value in Vermont. This ranking doesn't just identify the colleges with the lowest costs. Rather, it highlights those institutions that offer excellent educational experiences for a lower cost than other schools of roughly the same caliber. Thus, one college may rank better than another, but the second school could have a lower average cost.

Learn more about our ranking methodology.

To calculate the average cost amount, we sum up the total expenses to attend a school - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other living expenses - and then subtract the average financial aid award a student receives. So it is an approximation of how much you will have to pay out-of-pocket each year on average.

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Since one ranking on its own is not enough to give you a complete understanding of your educational options, you can refine this list by location and field of study. We've also developed a number of other tools and rankings based on other factors. These other rankings highlight colleges that excel in other factors such as overall quality or diversity as well as schools that excel in serving different groups of students such as veterans or returnings adults.

You can create your own custom comparison that focuses on the factors most important to you using our tool, College Combat. We encourage you to try it out and pit your favorite colleges and universities head to head!

Top Colleges for the Money in Vermont

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

#1

University of Vermont

Burlington, Vermont

Our analysis found University of Vermont to be the best school for overall value in Vermont in this year’s ranking. Located in Burlington, Vermont, the fairly large public school awarded 2,682 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at UVM about 4.2 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,316. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UVM is $93,058. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The low student loan default rate of 2.5% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%. UVM did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges in Vermont list.

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#2

Castleton University

Castleton, Vermont

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Castleton University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in Vermont list. Located in Castleton, Vermont, the small public school awarded 378 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Castleton to complete their degree, and it costs about $19,959 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Castleton is about $84,826. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#3

Middlebury College

Middlebury, Vermont

Out of the 9 schools in Vermont that were part of this year’s ranking, Middlebury College landed the #3 spot on the list. Middlebury is located in Middlebury, Vermont and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 771 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

At Middlebury, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $54,404. This means that the average student pays around $223,056 to get a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

With a student-to-faculty rate of 8 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Middlebury also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges in Vermont rankings.

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#4

Saint Michael's College

Colchester, Vermont

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Saint Michael’s College helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Vermont. Located in Colchester, Vermont, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 516 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average student at Saint Michael’s graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $38,525. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Saint Michael’s is $157,182. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The student loan default rate at the school is 2.2%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. Saint Michael’s also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges in Vermont rankings.

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#5

Vermont Technical College

Randolph, Vermont

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Vermont Technical College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in Vermont list. Vermont Tech is a small public school situated in Randolph, Vermont. It awarded 153 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Vermont Tech graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,927. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Vermont Tech is $104,444. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#6

Johnson State College

Johnson, Vermont

Johnson State College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Vermont list. This small public school is located in Johnson, Vermont, and it awarded 430 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Johnson State College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $19,345. This means that the average student pays around $85,505 to get a bachelor’s degree from Johnson State College. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#7

Bennington College

Bennington, Vermont

Bennington College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Vermont ranking. Located in Bennington, Vermont, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 232 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Bennington to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $40,697. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Bennington is $168,486. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 2.7%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Bennington also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges in Vermont rankings.

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#8

Norwich University

Northfield, Vermont

Norwich University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Vermont ranking. Norwich is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Northfield, Vermont. It awarded 715 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Norwich to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $35,141. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Norwich be around $145,484. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The low student loan default rate of 4.3% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

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#9

Champlain College

Burlington, Vermont

Champlain College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Vermont ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Burlington, Vermont, and it awarded 776 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Champlain is 4.2 years, and it costs about $50,137 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $209,573 to get a bachelor’s degree from Champlain. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Champlain also made our Best Colleges in Vermont list, coming in at #5.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 9 schools only.

  • For our state-specific rankings, we use in-state tuition to calculate average cost. For our national and regional rankings, we use a weighted average of in-state and non-resident tuition.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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