Legal Name


The official name of the institution is University of Vermont and State Agricultural College. The Latin name, Universitas Viridis Montis, is the source of the popular abbreviation “UVM.”

Legal Status

Vermont State Seal

Pursuant to Charter amendments adopted by the state legislature in 1955, the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College is a body corporate that shall be "recognized and utilized as an instrumentality of the state for providing public higher education.”

The University Charter, is published in Title 16 Appendix of the Vermont Statutes, Chapter 1

The University is also a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and a nonprofit corporation incorporated and registered to do business in the State of Vermont.

The University’s 501(c)(3) Determination Letter (PDF)


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