For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report ranked UVM one of the nation’s Top Up-and-Coming Schools, institutions that "are worth watching because they are making promising and innovative changes," according to the magazine. UVM was 41st on U.S. News' Top 50 Public National Universities list among over 500 public colleges and universities in the United States. The rankings appear in the 2011 edition of the magazine’s "America's Best Colleges" special issue.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance placed UVM among the top 100 public colleges and universities for its combination of quality and cost, or value. The university ranked 51 and 68 in the in-state and out-of-state categories, respectively. Quality factors include graduation rates, faculty-student ratios, and average SAT or ACT scores of entering students. Cost factors include total cost, average cost after need-based aid is given and average debt of graduates. More than 500 institutions were considered.
The University of Vermont is ranked 40th on a list published by BusinessWeek.com of the 50 U.S. colleges whose bachelors degree graduates earn the highest salaries. UVM is the seventh ranked public university on the list. UVM's high ranking was based on the salaries of the upper tier, those at the 90th percentile, of mid-career alumni with 10 or more years of experience. UVM alumni in that category earn $194,000. UVM alums earn $82,700 at the median level in their mid-careers and $44,800 at the median as starting employees. The list is based on data compiled by PayScale.com. See the BusinessWeek top 50 list.
UVM has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its "exemplary, innovative, and effective community service programs." The national distinction recognizes the commitment demonstrated by UVM students, faculty and staff to service and learning that helps communities throughout Vermont, the region and the nation.
The University of Vermont is one of 71 colleges and universities selected for "Making a Difference Colleges," an annual guide to schools preparing students to make a better world. UVM's "green campus" and programs combining education with service are highlighted along with a university culture that "instills a combination of pragmatism and idealism necessary to have a positive impact on the world."
UVM's quality and status as a "hot school" were recognized, once again, in a front-page story in The New York Times on the rise of public flagship universities. "At some of the best public universities, selectivity is up … And student interest in these institutions is soaring. At the University of Vermont, where three-quarters of the freshmen come from other states, applications have more than doubled since 2001," writes reporter Tamar Lewin.
UVM's MBA program has been ranked among the nation's best for integrating social and environmental issues in the prestigious Aspen Institute's top 100 list. The program also was recently named by The Princeton Review as one of the top 10 for opportunities for women based on the representation of female students and faculty within the program and on students' own assessments of the supportive climate for female students.
The 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 Review's "Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement."
The Princeton Review's 2010 edition of "The Best 366 Colleges" calls attention to the university's "just right" size, allowing undergrads to "feel at home, while offering just about any activity possible." The guide also highlights the quality and breadth of academic offerings, and a caring and accessible faculty, saying "teachers are readily available and are willing to help you do well … they are enthusiastic about what they teach."
From an Associated Press feature in USA Today:
"Bronwyn Stippa had all but made up her mind to attend New York University, 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, 'I'm realizing that's not the case at all.'"
Burlington has landed twice in Outside magazine's "Best Towns" list. "Take a walk through the brick-paved Church Street Marketplace if you want to understand how politically correct this lakefront college town has become." Among the author's favorite finds: fair trade coffee, sweat-shop free goods, restaurants serving local food, dazzling mountain and lake scenery, and a great night life.
A 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.
Sierra magazine ranked the University of Vermont among the "20 Coolest Schools" for its commitment to the environment. Sierra graded schools in 10 categories including energy supply, efficiency, food, academics, purchasing and transportation.
The University of Vermont has been named one of the nation's "Top 25 Environmentally Responsible Schools" by the Kaplan College Guide 2009. UVM is cited for many achievements, including its wide range of 'green' course offerings and initiatives among students, faculty and the administration; the Dudley H. Davis Center, the first student union to receive LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council; a top 20 finish in RecycleMania, an intercollegiate recycling competition; and the use of biodiesel buses on a campus the guide called "gorgeous."
Compared to other national universities, UVM ranked significantly higher than its peers in the quality of students’ relationships with faculty, according to the National Survey of 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 380,000 first-year and senior students at 722 participating four-year colleges and universities.
The Sustainable Endowments Institute has ranked UVM among the top schools nationally for green practices and policies in its College Sustainability Report Card. Specific programs helped boost UVM's score including a dedication to: local food purchasing, diverting waste from landfills, a green policy for new construction, clean transportation and administrative practices.
The University of Vermont played the lead role in a cover story in USA Today reporting the growing appeal of public universities for out-of-state students. The article notes that applications to the university, especially those from out-of-state, have grown and UVM's U.S. News ranking among national research universities also has been on the rise.
According to the 2010 Fiske Guide to Colleges, "For a (student) sizing up public universities, there could hardly be a more appealing place than UVM. The size is manageable, Burlington is a fabulous college town, and Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains are at your doorstep. Vermont feels like a private university … wide academic offerings and an abundance of clubs and co-curricular pursuits … draw students from around the country." The guide goes on to describe UVM students as "giving their all, both in the classroom and outside."
Through 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.
From 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."
From 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."