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2022 Best Colleges in Vermont

13 Colleges
$40,269 Avg Salary*
49% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when you have so many options available. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Top Vermont Schools ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

After analyzing 13 schools in Vermont, we came up with our list of those that offered the highest quality education. Our ranking is based on over 20 objective factors, including post graduate earnings, freshman retention, and graduation rate. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another.

See what other factors we include in our ranking methodology.

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We know that one set of rankings doesn't always help you determine the best school for you, so we've created the ability to narrow your list by location and field of study as well as alternative rankings that prioritize different factors such as those of importance to veterans and returning adults or those who value diversity and value for your money.

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Top Colleges in Vermont

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

#1

Middlebury College

Middlebury, Vermont

Our 2022 rankings named Middlebury College the best school in Vermont in terms of overall quality for students working on their bachelor’s degree.Middlebury, Vermont is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,036 students in 2019-2020.

The student loan default rate at the school is 1.0%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $58,200 during the early years of their career..

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#2

Saint Michael's College

Colchester, Vermont

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Saint Michael’s College. It ranked #2 on our 2022 Best Colleges in Vermont list. Saint Michael’s is a private not-for-profit institution located in Colchester, Vermont. The school has a small population, and it awarded 578 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 2.3%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Saint Michael’s make an average of $50,800 per year during the early years of their career.

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#3

University of Vermont

Burlington, Vermont

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of Vermont. The school came in at #3 in Vermont on this year’s overall quality ranking. UVM is a fairly large public school situated in Burlington, Vermont. It awarded 3,153 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 2.4%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $47,300 during the early years of their career..

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#4

Norwich University

Northfield, Vermont

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Norwich University. It ranked #4 on our 2022 Best Colleges in Vermont list. Norwich is a private not-for-profit institution located in Northfield, Vermont. The school has a small population, and it awarded 1,230 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Norwich make an average of $53,700 a year.

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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 2022 Best Colleges in Vermont list. This small public school is located in Randolph, Vermont, and it awarded 446 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Vermont Tech make an average of $45,000 a year.

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#6

Champlain College

Burlington, Vermont

Champlain College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Vermont ranking.Burlington, Vermont is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,271 students in 2019-2020.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.2%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Champlain make an average of $45,400 per year during the early years of their career.

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#7

Castleton University

Castleton, Vermont

Castleton University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Vermont ranking. Located in Castleton, Vermont, the small public school awarded 518 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Castleton is $37,900 during the early years of their career.

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#8

Bennington College

Bennington, Vermont

With a ranking of #8, Bennington College did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Vermont list. Bennington College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Bennington, Vermont that handed out 300 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.2%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Bennington make an average of $29,500 per year during the early years of their career.

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#9

SIT Graduate Institute

Brattleboro, Vermont

SIT Graduate Institute landed the #9 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Vermont ranking.Brattleboro, Vermont is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 42 students in 2019-2020.

The low student loan default rate of 2.7% 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% The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from SIT is $44,700 during the early years of their career.

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#10

Goddard College

Plainfield, Vermont

Goddard College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Vermont ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Plainfield, Vermont, and it awarded 119 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.2%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% During the early years of their career, graduates from Goddard College make an average of $25,400 a year.

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#11

Community College of Vermont

Montpelier, Vermont

Community College of Vermont did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in Vermont ranking, coming in at #11. Located in Montpelier, Vermont, the medium-sized public school awarded 426 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $28,800 during the early years of their career..

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#12

Northern Vermont University

Johnson, Vermont

With a ranking of #12, Northern Vermont University did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Vermont list. Located in Johnson, Vermont, the small public school handed out 554 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $33,200 during the early years of their career..

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#13

Landmark College

Putney, Vermont

Landmark College ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges in Vermont list. Landmark College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Putney, Vermont. It awarded 80 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty rate of 6 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Landmark College make an average of $23,600 per year during the early years of their career.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 13 schools only.

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%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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