Mission, Key Purposes & Goals

The University of Vermont is a distinguished institution with a proud history, based on a strong intellectual community and a concern for the quality of life in the communities that it serves. UVM combines the intellectual resources and breadth of opportunity of a research university with the close student-teacher interactions typical of a liberal education, and supports its mission through the effective use of technology.

Our aspirations reflect our values, which include:


To be the nation's premier small public research university, preeminent in liberal education and the study of the environment and health, and dedicated to providing students with extraordinary opportunities for learning and personal development and to enhancing the cultural, social, and economic life of Vermont, the nation and the world.


To prepare students to lead productive, responsible, creative lives and to create, interpret and share knowledge, applying it for the benefit of Vermont and society as a whole.

Through our efforts the University of Vermont will have a superior national reputation:

Strategic Goals

To fulfill the university mission and vision we will focus on seven goals, which in their totality will enrich the university, its intellectual climate, and curricula: