National Acclaim for UVM

UVM named college with a conscience

The Princeton ReviewThe University of Vermont has been chosen as one of the nation's best colleges at fostering social responsibility and public service by The Princeton Review and Campus Compact. UVM is featured along with other distinguished and service-minded institutions across the country in The Princeton Reviews "Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement."

Kaplan/Newsweek: UVM one of nation's 25 hottest schools

Kaplan/NewsweekThe 2006 edition of the Kaplan/Newsweek College Guide has chosen UVM for its "America's 25 Hot Schools" list. Schools on the list are "creating buzz among students, school officials and longtime observers of the admissions process," says the guide, and are "preparing students well for a complex world." The UVM profile makes note of the 80 new tenure-track faculty the school is in the process of hiring, the $300 million in capital investments it is making, and the 65 percent increase in applications the university has seen since 2000. The full UVM profile and list of hot schools can be viewed online at

UVM among top ten 'sustainability stars'

University BusinessUniversity Business named UVM one of 10 Higher Education Sustainability Stars in its June 2006 issue. The magazine selected 10 colleges for "their efforts to respect the environment and the communities that surround them in economically feasible ways." The article noted that UVM's "key accomplishment" has been "institutionalizing environmental concerns," which includes the university's goal of becoming the leading environmental university in the country. UVM's Environmental Council; its grant program to encourage environmental initiatives stemming from student and faculty work; and the EcoReps program, which pays students to teach their peers about recycling, were provided as examples of how UVM has made environmental concerns a priority. The full University Business article can be read on their Web site.

UVM still a 'best value' public university

UVM appeared on the Kiplinger's Personal Finance ranking of best value public colleges in the magazine's February 2007 issue, the sixth ranking the magazine has conducted. After gathering information about top public colleges and universities, from average SAT scores and student/faculty ratios to total costs and students' average debt at graduation, the magazine created a list of "the 100 schools that offer the best combination of high-quality academics and affordable costs." UVM ranks 82 in the '07 survey. The final list was culled from over 500 public colleges and universities in the country.

UVM a top public for placing grads in best medical, law, and business schools

The Wall Street JournalA Wall Street Journal survey placed the University of Vermont #18 in a list of the top 30 public universities ranked for their success in placing students in the nation's most prestigious medical, law, and business graduate programs. There are over 500 public universities and colleges nationally. Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Johns Hopkins, University of Chicago, and MIT were among the 15 graduate programs whose admissions records were surveyed to develop WSJ's top "feeder schools" list.

UVM excels in areas both mainstream and extraordinary

The Princeton ReviewThe Princeton Review's 2006 edition of "The Best 361 Colleges" calls attention to the university's ideal size, noting that "… the trend at UVM is toward small classes not larger." The guide also highlights the range and quality of academic offerings: "The university excels in areas both mainstream — education, political science, English, nursing, business administration, and sociology — and extraordinary… (the) Rubenstein School for the Environment and Natural Resources, for example."

UVM's academics, opportunities and setting appeal to students nationwide

Fiske Guide to Colleges CoverAccording to the 2006 Fiske Guide to Colleges, "For a (student) sizing up public universities, there could hardly be a more appealing place than UVM… With beautiful scenery, challenging coursework, and an abundance of clubs and co-curricular pursuits, the University of Vermont draws students from around the country." The guide goes on to describe UVM students as "curious, intellectual, and willing to work hard. They enjoy giving their all both in the classroom and outside…"

Student raves about UVM's Honors College

USA TodayFrom an Associated Press feature appearing in USA Today:

"Bronwyn Stippa had all but made up her mind to attend New YorkUniversity, a top-notch private college. A visit to the University of Vermont, where she had been accepted to a new honors college, was a favor to her parents.

"'I came up, and it was just mind-blowing,' she said. 'I totally did a 180.' Vermont promised her access to top professors and special courses, and a financial aid package that dwarfed NYU's.

"Since she enrolled, Vermont has also shown it can push her just as hard as any private college.

"'Coming here, I figured I would have to challenge myself more, that it would be maybe easier than going to NYU,' said Stippa, a freshman from Coxsackie, N.Y. 'I'm realizing that's not the case at all.'"

UVM soars above peer institutions in creating quality student-faculty relationships

National Survey of Student EngagementCompared to other national universities, UVM ranked significantly higher than its peers in the quality of students’ relationships with faculty, according to the National Survey on Student Engagement. UVM also ranked higher in quality of academic advising, student relationships with other students, student relationships with administrative personnel and offices, in the emphasis the university places on special events on campus (i.e. special speakers, cultural performances, athletics events), and in student attendance of those events. To determine the scores, NSSE surveyed over 245,000 first-year and senior students at 529 participating four-year colleges and universities.

UVM College of Medicine among best schools for primary care

America's Best Graduate Schools - US News and World ReportU.S. News & World Report's 2007 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools ranked the University of Vermont College of Medicine fourteenth for quality in primary care training among the country's 125 medical schools. The medical school rankings are based on assessments by medical school deans and senior faculty, admission acceptance rates, test scores, faculty/student ratios and other factors. The primary care rankings include assessment of the percentage of medical school graduates who enter primary care residencies in family practice, pediatrics and internal medicine.

One class was all it took …

The Washington PostFrom the opening of story in the Washington Post on the National Survey of Student Engagement:

"The University of Vermont came alive for Carly Lehrer, a visiting high school senior, during a lecture last month on environmental science. It was 8 a.m., and Lehrer was half asleep, but the room buzzed with energy and interest. That told her, in a way no college guide had, that Vermont was a school she would love to attend."

UVM a top public university

U.S. News America's Best Colleges Magazine CoverUVM ranked 42nd on U.S. News & World Report's latest "Top Public Universities" list. UVM ranked 5th among publics in percent of classes with 50 or more, 8th in percent of classes under 20, and 27th in graduation and retention rate. There are over 500 public colleges and universities in the United States.

UVM among nation's "fittest" schools

Men's Fitness MagazineThrough a survey of more than 10,000 students representing 660 campuses nationwide, UVM ranked among the nation's top ten schools for fitness. The survey was conducted by Men's Fitness magazine in conjunction with The Princeton Review. Taking the view that a healthy body contributes to a sharp mind, the survey looked for campuses with healthy meal programs, good access to fitness education and facilities — including fitness trainers and rehabilitative support for injuries — and high campus safety rates.

UVM's spectacular campus …

The Boston GlobeFrom the opening of a story in the Boston Globe on the UVM hockey team:

"A sensation of spectacular spaciousness greets you as you stand at the edge of Lake Champlain, your vision of life at that moment dominated by the Green Mountains on one horizon and the Adirondacks on the other. But if you meander up College Street, cross over a bustling Church Street with its shops and restaurants, stroll past a series of tidy homes, and navigate the modest hill, you find yourself in a cozy pastoral setting that envelops you in an intimate ambiance that cannot be described, only experienced.

You have arrived at the University of Vermont."

UVM one of America's "Most Connected Campuses"

The Princeton ReviewThe Princeton Review's 2004 edition of "America's Most Connected Campuses" ranked the University of Vermont 20th among 357 top colleges and universities surveyed for technological sophistication. The survey examines computing capabilities, technology policies, and coursework. The result is a list of the most wired — and, increasingly, wireless — schools in the country.

Burlington one of nation's top college towns

An Outside magazine coverAn excerpt from an Outside magazine article that put Burlington in the #11 spot in its list of the nation's 40 best college towns: "Location, location, location… It doesn't get much better than Burlington…"

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