Goddard College

About Goddard College

Goddard is a small college in rural Vermont for plain living and hard thinking. Founded in 1863, Goddard is recognized for innovation in education. Its mission is to advance the theory and practice of learning by undertaking new experiments based upon the ideals of democracy and the principles of progressive education asserted by John Dewey. At Goddard, students are regarded as unique individuals who will take charge of their learning and collaborate with other students, staff, and faculty to build a strong community. Goddard encourages students to become creative, passionate, lifelong learners, working and living with an earnest concern for others and for the welfare of the Earth.

Goddard College is a small and personal community of roughly 750 adult students, many of whom have families and work full time. Slightly over 65% of the students are pursuing degrees at the graduate level. Goddard has a remarkable, diverse population and is committed to increasing this diversity. Some 65% of students are female, and 15% of Goddard students identify themselves as members of ethnic or racial minorities. Goddard students come from almost every state in the U.S. and, internationally, from as close as Canada and as far as Pakistan. The top five states from which the College draws its students include Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Washington and California. The faculty, which has about 100 members in all programs, offers an exceptionally low student to- faculty ratio.

2008 Figures

  • Undergraduate.....252
  • Graduate..... 479
  • Average Age.....37
  • Alumni (graduates and prev. enrolled).....10,340
  • Total Faculty.....104
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