Green Mountain College

Founded in 1834, Green Mountain College (GMC) is a four-year residential liberal arts college situated in southern Vermont’s beautiful lakes region, with the Adirondack Mountains to the west and the Green Mountains to the east. The 155-acre college campus includes athletic fields, a working farm with crops and livestock, hiking trails and access to the Poultney River. GMC is also closely integrated with the town of Poultney, with several collaborative ventures like a local trail system and the Stone Valley Community Market which serves students and the local community. The approximately 600 students are challenged to get involved in internships, service-learning opportunities, study abroad programs, field experiences and the multiple clubs and athletic programs (including basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track and field, volleyball, club rugby and ultimate frisbee) during their tenure.

Green Mountain College offers 26 undergraduate majors, 28 minors, four certificate programs and a self-designed major. Additionally, GMC offers 4 Master’s level programs. At the heart of the college’s environmental mission is the 36-credit Environmental Liberal Arts General Education Program (ELA), which all GMC students complete. ELA combines the skills and content of a strong liberal arts course of study with a focus on the environment. Interdisciplinary block courses allow students to spend an entire semester working with professors from multiple disciplines on a single area of focus, often through field research, overnight outings, discussions with experts and a culminating project. GMC fosters the ideals of environmental and personal responsibility, civic engagement, entrepreneurial spirit and global understanding among its students. Throughout its history, strong teacher-student relationships have been the hallmark of a GMC education, a tradition that continues today. At the end of their undergraduate careers, GMC students are able to articulate a positive vision for a just and sustainable society, and they have the skills and knowledge they need to help make that vision a reality at the personal, local and global levels.

Why EcoLeague? “The opportunity for GMC students to study for a semester at an Ecoleague partner institution is one of the greatest benefits we offer our students. There is no better way to learn about another bioregion than to immerse yourself in that region both culturally and environmentally.” – President Paul Fonteyn, Green Mountain College


Poultney, Vermont

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Over 50 academic majors and minors including Adventure Education, Biology, Education, English,  Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Resort and Hospitality Management, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production, Sustainable Business and Writing to name a few.

GMC also offers Graduate degrees including: MBA in Sustainable Business; MS in Environmental Studies; MS in Sustainable Food Systems; and MS in Resilient and Sustainable Communities.


A Fall Semester and Spring Semester, each 16-weeks in length


  • Climate neutral through campus-wide efficiency, adoption of clean energy and purchase of local carbon offsets
  • Biomass plant provides up to 85% of GMC’s heat and 20% of GMC’s electricity
  • Methane from local dairy farming provides some of GMC’s electricity
  • LEED gold-certified building
  • Divestment from fossil fuels
  • Vermiculture systems in residence halls process food waste
  • Cerridwen Farm and Community Supported Agriculture
  • Green Job Corps offers student employment opportunities
  • Student Campus Greening Fund offers funding to students to help put greening initiatives into action
  • Zipcar memberships
  • Native plant landscaping on campus


  • GreenMAP, the adventure programming office, sponsors outdoor trips
  • Feick Arts Center
  • On-campus Wellness Center
  • Jose M. Calhoun Learning Center
  • On-campus library
  • Center of Careers, Advising, and Teaching
  • Farm and Food Project
  • Progressive Program
  • REED Certificate Program