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Student satisfaction is a focus and strength in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences

CNHS provides an educational environment for students that leads to excellent measurable outcomes. Below are some benchmarks of our students' success.

Senior Survey

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences' senior exit survey is conducted in the spring. Of the graduating seniors from the Class of 2020 who responded to the survey, the majority noted feeling strong connections with faculty and students in their class and:

  • 97% satisfaction with the quality of instruction in their major

Undergraduate Retention Rates

First-Time First Year Cohorts Entering UVM From Fall 2015 to Fall 2019:

Cohort Term

CNHS Students Returning after the First Year

CNHS Students Returning after the Second Year

Fall 201992.2%data not yet available
Fall 201893.2%88.0%
Fall 201791.6%88.0%
Fall 201691.1%84.7%
Fall 201591.5%86.0%

The above chart shows the percentage of first-time, first-year undergraduate students from 2015-2019 who returned to CNHS after their first and second years in the college. Source: UVM Office of Institutional Research

Four-Year Graduation Rates


Fall 2016 CohortFall 2015 Cohort

Fall 2014 Cohort

Fall 2013 Cohort

# in Original Cohort236235223237
Prog. of Entry64.8%68.5%62.3%57.4%
Other Prog. in Same College5.1%4.3%6.3%4.2%
Different College & Prog.6.4%8.9%10.3%12.7%
Overall 4-Year Graduation Rate76.3%81.7%78.9%74.3%

The data above show the number of first-time, first-year undergraduate students who graduated from CNHS or another college within the University of Vermont within four years after matriculating into the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Source: UVM Office of Institutional Research

What Our Students Say

  • "I feel very well-prepared for the board exam and for my future career."
  • "My best friends come from CNHS and I believe that’s because we are like-minded in how we care for people and hope to improve others' quality of life."
  • "I liked UVM because the faculty was warm, welcoming and incredibly knowledgeable. Their number one goal was to see us succeed."

Source: CNHS Senior Exit Survey

Student Recognition

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences recognizes and celebrates student achievement. The following awards are given to deserving students annually:

  • Dean's Award
    Recognizes a CNHS student who has demonstrated exemplary professional growth and contributions during their tenure at UVM.
  • Dean's Inclusive Excellence Award
    Recognizes a student who has made major contributions to create an environment of social justice, inclusion and equity in the Department, College, University and community.
  • Commencement Banner Bearer
    In recognition of an undergraduate or graduate student who has been nominated by his/her peers and faculty to carry the College banner at the University Commencement Ceremony.
  • Dean's List
    Dean's List status is awarded to full-time undergraduate students with a cumulative grade-point average of not less than 3.0 who stood in the top 20 percent of each class of their college/school during the preceding semester. View Dean's List >>
  • Honors College
    The Honors College offers an intensely focused, academically challenging environment for some of the university's most outstanding undergraduate students.


  • 1,019 undergraduate students

  • 244 graduate students

Source: Office of Institutional Research

Employment Outcomes

  • 96% of College of Nursing and Health Sciences 2017-2019 graduates were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation.

Source: Undergraduate Career Outcomes Report