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  • Writer's pictureAlison Merzel

School Spotlight #2: University of Vermont

Updated: May 8, 2023

Last week I highlighted a private liberal arts university in Ohio, so this week I am going to provide some interesting information about a public research university in another part of the country.

Five Fun Facts about the University of Vermont:

1) You may not even be looking at four-year graduation rates, but you should be aware of these because it is likely that your student may be in college for more than four years - the official four-year graduation rate for students attending public colleges and universities is 33.3%. At private colleges and universities it is 52.8%.

The University of Vermont was recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as being in the top 5.7% of public colleges and universities based on its four-year graduation rate of 62.4% at the time of the ranking (it is now 66.7%)

2) 100% of first year students will live in themed residential communities that are assigned based on their preferences and connect students with others who share common interests.

3) UVM was the first university to admit women and African-Americans into Phi Beta Kappa honor society. (I would insert a thumbs up emoji here if I was more tech-savvy!)

4) UVM's debate team, the Lawrence Debate Union, is ranked 13th in the world among all colleges and universities.

5) UVM is located in Burlington, Vermont, which was ranked as a Top 25 place to live in the U.S. and has been ranked as a Top 10 Foodie City. Burlington has many other advantages when students are done studying, such as heading out to Lake Champlain. Oh, don't forgot to eat some Ben & Jerry's while you are there as well!

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