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Top 10 Reasons to Choose UVM

#10: UVM is one of America's 10 greenest universities:

UVM Davis Center

The Princeton Review has ranked UVM #10 on its list of green colleges, which are schools with "the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives, and activities." UVM's Dudley H. Davis Center, seen here, was the first student center in the U.S. to earn LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

#9: Nine out of 10 students are employed or in graduate school one year out from graduation:

Commencement 2014

Curious about where UVM students go after graduation? See where the Class of 2014 is today in this sampling of the careers, service and advanced degrees our youngest alumni are pursuing.

#8: UVM is home to eight undergraduate schools and colleges, including our Honors College:

students across the disciplines

With 100 bachelor's programs, 46 master's programs, 21 doctoral programs, an M.D. program and four pre-professional options, UVM offers breadth and depth. And with an average undergradaute class size of 30, students experience that variety on an intimate scale. Explore UVM's academic offerings.

#7: UVM is seventh among medium-sized schools for producing Peace Corps volunteers:

Peace Corps volunteer

Since 1961, more than 800 alumni have served in the Peace Corps. Twenty-five UVM alumni are abroad now, in locations ranging from Guatamala to Swaziland. UVM's service-minded graduates perennially put the university on the Peace Corps' list of top schools, this year ranking seventh among schools of its size.

#6: UVM has won six national championships (all in skiing!):
Dom Garand

The Catamounts dominate in the mountains. The UVM ski team has taken home six NCAA championship titles, in 1980, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2012, and dozens of individual championships. This year, UVM junior Dom Garand won the national championship in men's slalom.

#5: UVM is the fifth oldest school in New England (after Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth and Brown):Old Mill historic drawing

UVM has a long and storied past and is home to many great "firsts" in American higher education that demonstrate the university's commitment to fairness and diversity. UVM was the first U.S. college or university whose charter did not give preference to any religious sect or denomination. In 1875, it was the first university to admit women to full membership into Phi Beta Kappa, the country's oldest collegiate academic honor society. Two years later, it initiated the first African-American into the society.

#4: UVM’s Four-Year Career Plan helps students plan for success during and after their college years:

Advising session

A list of strategies and tangible steps, the Four-Year Career Plan helps students begin to figure out what they want to study, where they want to go with their degrees and how to get there. Organized by year, the steps move from exploration to execution. While a first-year's checklist includes joining campus clubs, volunteering, and talking to friends and family about their professions, seniors are focused on joining professional associations, attending conferences and practicing interviewing. Learn more on the Career Center's website.

#3: UVM offers three kinds of study abroad experiences in locations around the world:

study abroad locations

Students can choose from: exchanges with selected universities around the globe; UVM-approved independent programs; and UVM faculty-led travel study courses. Learn more on the Office of International Edcuation's website.

#2: Only two percent of classes are not taught by full-time faculty:

Dr. Hudziak

At UVM, students will learn from and be advised by world-class researchers, who often choose UVM as their home for its emphasis on undergraduate teaching. Take the "Healthy Brains, Healthy Bodies" course offered this spring to undergraduates, taught by pediatric neuropsychiatrist Dr. James Hudziak from UVM’s College of Medicine College. Learn more about this groundbreaking neuroscience course, which is the pilot for a new residence hall program coming to campus this fall.

#1: UVM's hometown is the #1 College Town in America:

Burlington waterfront

Travel + Leisure magazine has named Burlington, Vt., the #1 college town. But don't just take their word for it. See dozens of posts from social media about what makes Burlington best.