Students on a boardwalk on bog in northern Vermont

Land Acknowledgement

UVM is located on the land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange among indigenous peoples for thousands of years and is home of the Western Abenaki People. We honor, recognize and respect these peoples, especially the Abenaki, as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we gather today. In that spirit, today we will begin by acknowledging we are guests on this land, and we need to respect and help protect the lands within our use.

Our History

Vermont is a place where the roots of natural resource conservation and management can be found. The University of Vermont long ago recognized the importance of providing educational opportunities in this area. Efforts were initiated with forestry courses in 1888. From that beginning, natural resource curricula evolved until, in 1973, the School of Natural Resources (SNR) was established as one of nine degree-granting units within the University.

Over the years that followed, the School repeatedly demonstrated its ability to adapt to an exciting and evolving field of study. The core curriculum and degree programs have changed to accommodate the needs of students. Today, distinctions among disciplines are de-emphasized while elements of a strong professional education are retained, an approach that is not simply multidisciplinary but truly interdisciplinary in nature.

In 2003, the School became the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR), the first named and endowed academic unit at the University, following a generous gift from the late Steve (UVM, 1961) and Beverly Rubenstein of New Vernon, New Jersey and their family. Steve was a charter member of the Rubenstein School Board of Advisors, and his wife, Beverly, and son, Andy, are currently members.

Our Community

The School has been housed in the George D. Aiken Center since 1982. In addition to the Aiken Center, the Rubenstein School campus has expanded to include members of the Environmental Program, the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, and the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station. We also maintain many other special partnerships. Our School is home to more than 700 undergraduates and more than 100 full and part-time Master’s and Ph.D. students, 11 post-doctoral associates, 47 full-time faculty members, and 40 research and administrative staff. Our alumni now number over 4000.

Our Mission Question

The Rubenstein School strategic vision was created around a mission question designed to leverage our distinctive strengths. We will relentlessly pursue answers to this question in order to turn ideas into action.

How can the Rubenstein School unleash empathy, passion, innovation, and creativity to heal and radically change human-environment systems in a just, equitable, and ecological direction?

Learn more about our 20-Year Stratgeic Vision >>

Nancy Mathews

Dean Nancy Mathews

"Welcome to the Rubenstein School. Our mission is to understand, nurture, and enrich the interdependence of people with healthy ecological systems. We strive to provide academic excellence, while advancing discovery and learning in service to society, the nation, and the world."

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  • 829 undergraduate students
  • 148 graduate students (PhD, MS, MPS)
  • 45 full-time faculty
  • 15 post-doctoral associates
  • 5 undergraduate programs (BS)
  • minors
  • 91% first-year retention rate (Class of 2024)
  • 73% 4-year graduation rate (Class of 2021)
  • $16 million in research funds awarded to faculty (FY 2021)
  • 10 natural areas
  • 4 research forests