The University of Vermont

About The University of Vermont

Founded in 1791 as a private institution, the University of Vermont spent more than half its first century as a small liberal arts college in the New England tradition. In 1862 UVM (the abbreviation is derived from the university’s Latin name, Universitas Viridis Montis) became Vermont’s land grant university and began serving the needs of the state and the region through the discovery and application of new knowledge.

UVM’s modern identity reflects both these traditions, combining the dedication to excellent teaching and close knit faculty-student relationships of a liberal arts college with the technology, resources, and innovation culture of a world-class research institution. The university is home today to 10,100 undergraduates (65% of whom are out of state students), 1,500 graduate students, 460 medical students, and over 1,000 non-degree students. It offers more than 100 undergraduate majors, 54 master’s programs, 14 post-baccalaureate and master’s certificate programs, 22 doctoral degrees, and a medical degree.

Led by a distinguished faculty of accomplished teacher-scholars who enjoy national and international reputations in their fields, the University of Vermont provides a rich environment for teaching, research, and scholarship in many realms of human inquiry. UVM’s academic units include Agriculture and Life Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Business Administration; Continuing Education; Education and Social Services; Engineering and Mathematical Sciences; Environment and Natural Resources; Extension; the Graduate College; Medicine; Nursing and Health Sciences; the Vermont Agricultural Experiment Station; and UVM Libraries.

One of the nation’s premier small research universities, UVM set a new record for external funding last year, with $146 million in external awards, a nine percent increase over the previous year and nearly double the 2000 total. The university’s research expenditures place it 20th among the 77 Carnegie Classification “very high research activity” or “high research activity” universities with enrollments under 15,000. (Ranking is based on data from the Carnegie Foundation and The Center for Measuring University Performance.)

UVM recently launched an innovative new teaching and research initiative called Transdisciplinary Research Initiative, or TRI, which has received both national press coverage and praise from higher education leaders (see External Review Panel, Opinion).

TRI focuses institutional investments in a selected critical research areas where the university has an outstanding reputation and aims to contribute meaningful new knowledge to benefit society: Complex Systems; Neuroscience, Behavior and Health; and Food Systems. More focus areas will be added in the future.

TRI is both a signature UVM program and a fitting symbol for the university’s commitment and cultural predisposition to cross-disciplinary research. Each of UVM’s academic units, though distinct, is small enough that faculty routinely work with colleagues outside their departments and colleges.

The University of Vermont is perennially ranked among U.S. News World Report’s list of top 50 public research universities. Reflecting the significant gains the university has made over the last decade, the magazine has included UVM in its list of Top Up and Coming national universities for the last two years.

UVM is located in Burlington, Vt., one of America’s most dynamic and livable small cities. With the shores of Lake Champlain less that a mile from campus, the majestic peaks of the Adirondack and Green Mountains visible from campus, and architecture that is among most historic and distinctive in American higher education, UVM offers a setting like few others.


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