Vermont Colleges & Universities

Want to learn more about attending colleges in Vermont? Explore the different educational opportunities of schools in Vermont.

Enrolling At Schools In Vermont: Vermont schools have numerous educational opportunities for students, ranging from strong academics to advanced research. You can find the right fit for your educational needs at a variety of colleges in Vermont.

Vermont Student Facts: The diversity of students in Vermont colleges has changed in the past few years. Enrollment for full-time students has risen 34 percent and part-time students rose 15 percent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 40,000 students seeking bachelor's degrees. There has also been an increase in the number of women students versus male students. Enrollment for female students has risen 34 percent, while male enrollment only increased by 22 percent.

Students of different ethnic backgrounds are also comprising more of the student population at schools in Vermont. There is a increase in the number of Hispanic, Asian and Black students attending college. The enrollment of minorities increased by 32 percent from 1997 to 2007 at colleges in Vermont.

Vermont Colleges: Vermont can offer students many different and unique opportunities at the various institutions located in the state. There are 24 educational institutions for students with student population ranging from 100 to 10,000 at the various Vermont schools. Some of the schools in Vermont you can attend include, but are not limited to:

  • • University of Vermont
  • • Middlebury College
  • • Southern Vermont College
  • • Green Mountain College

Attending school in Vermont can be expensive for students. The average rate of tuition for Vermont students with a resident status was $13,554, and for non-resident students it was $31,410 for the 2009-2010 school year. Tuition rates can be very high, but there are numerous financial aid opportunities for students at Vermont schools.

Employment Outlook In Vermont: The employment outlook for new graduates is hard to determine with the economic downturn. Fortunately for new graduates, Vermont has seen a relatively low rate of unemployment. The Vermont unemployment rate in July, 2010, was 6.0 percent--much lower than the national average of 9.5 to 9.7 percent--reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Farming (especially dairy and logging) are essentials for keeping the economy in Vermont above average. Vermont also has 33.6 percent of the job force with a bachelors degree or higher, which is much larger than the national average. The state is looking for educated candidates for the workforce in order to help keep the economy strong.

Students may find jobs in some of the various Vermont industries including:

  • • Tourism
  • • Forestry
  • • Mining
  • • Agriculture

Vermont is also widely known for the industry of maple production. In fact, Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the United States. There are also many large companies that were founded in Vermont including: IBM, Ben & Jerry's and Burton Snowboards.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the mean annual salary for Vermont employees was $40,940 in May 2009. Students who attend Vermont colleges are benefiting their career because they will have a competitive edge over other potential candidates who do not have a higher education degree.

Kim Carter

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