Online Colleges in Vermont

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Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  1. Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  2. Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  3. At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  4. "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

Sources:

  1. American Factfinder, U.S. Census Bureau, accessed November 2015, http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=CF
  2. Center for Online Learning, Community College of Vermont, http://ccv.edu/find/center-for-online-learning/
  3. College Navigator, National Center For Education Statistics, accessed November 2015, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=VT&l=93&ct=1
  4. Consortium of Vermont Colleges, https://vtcolleges.org/
  5. Distance Education Programs, University of Vermont, https://learn.uvm.edu/online/online-programs/
  6. Distance Learning, Burlington College, https://burlington.edu/academics/academic-programs/distance-learning/
  7. External Degree Program, Johnson State College, http://www.jsc.edu/external-degree-program
  8. Great Things to Do in Vermont, VisitNewEngland.com, http://www.visit-vermont.com/state/30-great-things-to-do-in-vermont/
  9. May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Vermont, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, accessed November 2015, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=VT&l=93&ct=1
  10. Online Degree and Certificate Programs, Champlain College, http://www.champlain.edu/masters-degrees
  11. Online Degree Programs, Norwich University, http://online.norwich.edu/
  12. Online Learning, Vermont Technical College, http://www.vtc.edu/academics/continuing-education-workforce-development/online-learning
  13. University of Vermont Distance Education Programs, http://learn.uvm.edu/online/online-programs/
  14. VSAC Vermont Advantage Student Loans, Accessed April 2017, http://www.vsac.org/pay/student-aid-options/loans/vermont-advantage/student
  15. VSAC Paying for College, Accessed April 2017, http://www.vsac.org/pay
  16. Landmark College for Students with Learning Disabilities, ADHD & ASD, Accessed April 2018, https://www.landmark.edu/
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Yes: Vermont really is that beautiful. Every year, when the legendary fall colors sweep across the Green Mountain State's majestic hillsides, Vermonters witness some of the most spectacular scenes of nature's beauty in the entire United States.

Vermont is also home to many spectacular universities as well; some are located in historic estates or on mountainsides near the state's famed East Coast ski resorts. Out-of-state students may never partake in the some of the best skiing in New England, but they can console themselves with an online education from one of the state's postsecondary institutes.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Vermont has 10 institutes where students can earn associate degrees, 19 colleges and universities with the option to earn bachelor's degrees, and 17 institutes offering advanced degree programs. Many of these offer students the opportunity to complete online courses or entirely online degree programs.

Vermont has three main organizations that comprise the majority of its postsecondary institutes:

  • The Vermont Association of Independent Colleges enrolls nearly 19,000 students each year, or roughly 42 percent of all college students in the state. The 18-member association provides nearly 70 percent of all postsecondary teacher education programs offered in Vermont.
  • The Vermont State Colleges system had a total enrollment of just over 12,000 students in 2016 between its six member institutions, with just under 1,650 students living outside the state of Vermont.
  • The Community College of Vermont system serves residents of the state from 12 campus locations, as well as through its Center for Online Learning, where students can take more than 300 online courses each semester as they work to complete degree requirements.

Best Online Colleges in Vermont for 2018-19

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Choosing the correct college is a tremendously important decision. As a result, we have compiled this ranking of the 10 best online universities in Vermont, using data gathered from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and our own unique methodology. You can learn more about our methodology at the bottom of this page; use our Top Colleges Tool to create rankings of your own; or simply read on to learn more about the best online universities in Vermont.

1

Champlain College, Burlington

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$38,660
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
52%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
68
School Type
4-year

Set in the scenic residential Hill Section of Burlington, the largest city in Vermont, Champlain College is a small nonprofit institution with an average student-to-faculty ratio of 16 students. While distance learners are probably not going to live in one of the 20 restored Victorian mansions that serve as housing for Champlain first-year students, there are plenty of other benefits for distance learners at this beautiful, bucolic institution.

Champlain College's online programs are designed to be completed quickly with accelerated schedules, and the college offers academic and motivational support to help distance learners stay on track in their academic pursuits. The college is particularly supportive of transfer students — who can transfer in up to 45 approved credits toward an associate degree or up to 90 toward a bachelor's degree — and military students and their families — who can benefit from reduced tuition costs and multiple support services.

2

Norwich University, Northfield

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$37,354
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
43%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
12
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1819, Norwich University has more than two centuries of military tradition — the university is the birthplace of the Reserve Officer's Training Corps, or ROTC. Tradition has not stopped Norwich University from embracing innovation in distance education, however. In June of 2017, more than 500 students graduated from the university's online master's degree programs.

At first glance, NU's list of available online degree programs appears small. However, the majority of these programs feature various minors or concentrations, giving students many more options than it initially appears. NU's master's of public administration program alone allows students to choose from a whopping eight different concentrations! And the bachelor's of criminal justice program even gives students the ability to create their own minor for the program, giving unparalleled flexibility to the subject.

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University of Vermont, Burlington

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$17,300
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
9%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
6
School Type
4-year

Nestled on the shores of Lake Champlain between the Green and Adirondack mountain ranges, University of Vermont-Burlington is the fifth-oldest educational institution in New England. The university offers several online options for distance learners, gathered into five different categories:

  • Health care, i.e. health sciences degree completion program
  • Business & leadership, i.e. brewery finance, accounting and regulatory compliance
  • Education, i.e. speech-language pathology pre-master certificate
  • Science & technology, i.e. social media marketing certificate
  • Environment & sustainability, i.e. food hub management certificate

Of particularly unusual interest is UVM's unique online medical cannabis certificate program, designed for researchers, educators and others interested in the clinical and therapeutic use of marijuana. The program examines medicinal benefits, legal production, plant biology and chemistry, and policy issues surrounding cannabis and its use as medicine.

4

Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$14,026
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
25%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
2
School Type
4-year

Vermont Technical College is situated at the heart of Vermont's famed skiing — the main Randolph Center campus has its own ski hill and a press where students can craft their own snowboards. Out-of-state students may never see a Randolph ski hill, but that's all right: there are many other, more compelling reasons to enroll at VTC.

VTC's biggest advantage is the many beneficial partnerships it holds with other schools and organizations. Due to a partnership with Ed2Go, students enrolled at VTC have access to more than 300 online training programs, each lasting between six and 18 months. More online health care trainings developed by practicing medical professionals are offered through VTC's partnership with Health Ed Today.

On top of this, VTC is also a member of the Vermont State College's System. This allows VTC to have partnerships with various schools in the Community College of Vermont system, helping students who start their educational journey at one of these partnered colleges to transition seamlessly to VTC.

5

Johnson State College, Johnson

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$11,290
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
2%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
2
School Type
4-year

Johnson State College was founded in 1828 and became a school for teachers in 1866. Although it still offers many liberal arts programs in the field of education, the college has diversified with a wider range of degree paths, including a handful of entirely online programs offered through JSC Online.

Courses and degree programs offered through JSC Online are taught by Johnson State faculty. There are nine start dates to online classes each year, and students can choose courses that run for seven or 14 weeks depending on their preference. Transfer students in particular can benefit from the help of advisors and an "Assessment of Prior Learning" course that helps students transfer their previously earned college or life-experience credits into JSC.

NOTE: Johnson State College is merging with Lyndon State College to become Northern Vermont University as of July 1, 2018. Please refer to their website to learn more about Northern Vermont University's planned online and hybrid degree programs.

6

Green Mountain College, Poultney

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$37,002
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
35%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
5
School Type
4-year

Green Mountain College is a small, environmentally focused institution located in Vermont's Lakes Region. Social and environmental sustainability and stewardship are the core of the graduate and undergraduate degree programs offered by the university. Distance education programs at Green Mountain include:

  • Sustainable M.B.A (100-percent online)
  • Master of Science in environmental studies
  • M.S. in sustainable food systems
  • M.S. in resilient and sustainable communities

The university's online programs are designed to teach students how to apply scientific and academic concepts to environmental challenges facing their own communities. The university calls this method of instruction a "bio-regional" approach to education.

Resources available for graduate students include resume editing, interview consultation, help with writing cover letters, and other career-focused services. All courses at Green Mountain are capped at 20 students to maintain a favorable teacher-to-student ratio.

7

Southern Vermont College, Bennington

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$23,975
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
12%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
1
School Type
4-year

Southern Vermont College is a private independent university located on a stunning 371-acre mountaintop campus near downtown Bennington. The college is housed at the grandiose Everett Estate, which was completed in 1914. Average class size at SVC is a stunning 11 students; if interaction with your professor is something that's important to you, SVC might be a good choice.

In April of 2018, SVC announced it would offer a variety of online courses during the 2018 summer session for students who wish to earn credits toward their bachelor's degrees. Online offerings included study in accounting, finance, English, nutrition, psychology and more. Southern Vermont College also offers a limited number of online classes each semester, with study in topics such as computed tomography, criminal justice, foreign language, nutrition and more.

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Landmark College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$52,650
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
5%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
1
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1985, Landmark College is the only accredited college in the United States that is exclusively for students who have conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia or ADHD. The school offers an online dual enrollment program that allows students in their junior or senior year of high school to gain exposure to higher education. Through this program, students can participate in online courses that earn them both high school and college credits, while familiarizing them with the rigors of college life to make the transition to an undergraduate degree program a smoother experience. In addition, Landmark College offers online programs for educators who want to learn how to teach students with learning disabilities.

Accreditation:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Location:

19 River Rd. South
Putney, VT 5346
 

Affordable Online Colleges in Vermont for 2018-19

The Green Mountain state presents a wide range of online colleges and programs for a broad spectrum of students from all backgrounds. Read the information below to learn more about some of the most affordable online colleges in Vermont.

To see Vermont schools ranked by quality and other factors, use our Top Colleges tool.

Affordable Two-Year Online College in Vermont

College NameTuition & Fees/Year
Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Distance Education Participation
Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Number of Online Programs Offered
Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
School Type
Community College of Vermont$6,22243%112-year

Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Vermont

College NameTuition & Fees/Year
Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Distance Education Participation
Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Number of Online Programs Offered
Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
School Type
Johnson State College$11,2902%24-year
Vermont Technical College$14,02625%24-year
University of Vermont$17,3009%64-year
Southern Vermont College$23,97512%14-year
Green Mountain College$37,00235%54-year

College Accreditation in Vermont

Students in Vermont can check to verify that their school is accredited through a commission approved by the U.S. Department of Education. These commissions complete in-depth reviews of schools to assure they meet specific quality standards before approving them for accreditation.

In Vermont, the commission approved to regionally accredit community colleges, colleges and universities is the:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education grants accreditation to schools in six states. Students who want to attend a college in Vermont that is not accredited through this commission can check with the U.S. Department of Education to see if it's accredited by another approved agency.

Financial Aid Resources in Vermont

1.Frank M. and Olive F. Gilman Foundation ...
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a graduate from one of the following Orange County or Windsor County high schools: Black River, Blue Mountain Union, Chelsea Public, Green Mountain Union, Hartford, Mid Vermont Christian, Oxbow, Randolph Union, Rochester, Sharon, South Royalton, Springfield, Thetford, Whitcomb, Williamstown, Windsor, or Woodstock. Financial need and school/community involvement must be demonstrated.
Award Amount
$5,000
Application Deadline
March 3
Renewable
Renewable for up to four years.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
2.Hildegard Durfee Scholarship (Undergraduate)
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a resident of Winham County, VT who can demonstrate financial need and academic achievement.
Award Amount
$1,500
Application Deadline
March 3
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
3.Norwich Women's Club Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a resident of Norwich, VT who will attend an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding. Financial need must be demonstrated.
Award Amount
$3,000
Application Deadline
March 3
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
4.THV Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a resident of Windham County, VT or Reasboro or Searsburg, VT. Financial need and school/community involvement must be demonstrated.
Award Amount
$5,000
Application Deadline
March 3
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL

Vermont Loans

The state of Vermont provides students with educational loans through the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC). Before you go that route, you should exhaust all of your available options for scholarship and grant awards, since those forms of aid do not have to be repaid. If you find that you are still in need of financial assistance, you may apply for state-based, federal or private loans to assist you in paying for your education. In order to apply for federal aid, you will need to fill out the FAFSA and supply information about your family's financial situation.

To be eligible for this loan, the student must be a Vermont resident attending college in-state or out-of-state, or be an out-of-state student attending college in Vermont. The student must also be enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate or graduate program of study at an eligible post-secondary school.

  • Application deadline:  Not specified
  • Award amount:  From $200 up to the total cost of education

Get more insight into how student loans work in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Vermont

  • Paying for College provides information for Vermont students about various forms of student aid, how to apply for financial aid, loan repayment, and more.

Featured Cities in Vermont

Data for these featured cities is sourced from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).

Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metro Area

Total Population

216,080

Median salary for high school grads

$32,274

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$46,388

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

39.9%

Median rent

$1,089

Fun Facts about Burlington

Burlington, located along the shoreline of Lake Champlain, is the center of northern Vermont's cultural and recreational activities. Burlington is close to skiing and is also a short drive to Montreal.

 
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