History, Affiliations and Rankings
In the same year that Vermont became the 14th state, the university was established. It was founded as New England's fifth college (after Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth and Brown). With the adoption of the Morrill Land-Grant College Act in 1862 and the inclusion of the State Agricultural College, UVM gained quasi-public status, despite its beginnings as a private university. Today, the university combines the traditions of both a private and a public university, with the state of Vermont providing 6.2 per cent of its overall operating budget (as of 2019). Sea-grant and Space-grant universities have academic ties to the university. The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) a non-governmental, nationally-recognized organisation whose affiliated institutes include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering postgraduate instruction has granted the University of Vermont accreditation. The University of Vermont secured the ranking of #651-700 in QS World University Rankings. U.S. News and World Report ranked the University at #117 in National Universities (tie), #70 in Best Colleges for Veterans (tie) and #103 in Best Value Schools.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
Burlington is consistently praised for its livability, access to environment and leisure (including some of the best skiing in the northeast), booming culinary and music scene, emerging identity as a technology and innovation hub, and standing as a top college town in national rankings. UVM is a leading research university with the ideal size: it's big enough to offer a diverse range of ideas, resources, and opportunities, but small enough to allow for close faculty-student mentoring at all levels of study, from bachelor's to master's degrees. Natural Resources and Conservation, Social Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Business, Management, Marketing, Health Professions, Engineering, Education, and Psychology are among the most popular majors at the University of Vermont.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Several UVM student-athletes have been named Academic All-Americans, highlighting the university's dual emphasis on excellence on and off the field. In 2011, the University of Vermont won the America East Academic Cup for the seventh year in a row, a record. During the 2010-11 academic year, UVM student-athletes had a 3.17 total grade-point average. The 3.19 grade-point average achieved by Catamount student-athletes in 2009-10 was the highest in the award's 15-year history. Vermont is the only school in America East history to win the Academic Cup seven years in a row (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) and has won a total of eight Academic Cups since the award's inception in 1996. Many prizes and accolades have been bestowed to the university by internationally known organizations. The university boasts a prestigious alumni network of 107,299 individuals from all around the world. Ben Affleck, an American actor, John Dewey, an American philosopher, and Jessica Seinfeld, an American author, are among the noteworthy names.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
The university's student body includes 11,081 undergraduates, 1,709 graduates, 491 medical students, 31 Post-Baccalaureate Certificate students, and 545 non-degree students. UVM employs 4,125 full- and part-time faculty and staff, making it the state's second-largest employer. 88 per cent of full-time faculty hold a PhD or the highest degree in their profession. The Career Centre is here to assist all UVM students, from giving chances for self-reflection and discovery to assisting you with your career hunt. IBM, Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and PwC are among the top employers for university graduates.