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 and biking 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 Poultney 2020, a collaborative between Green Mountain College and the Poultney community to create a vibrant future together. The approximately 500 undergraduate 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, soccer, volleyball) during their tenure.
Green Mountain College offers 24 traditional and interdisciplinary undergraduate majors including a self-designed major and a progressive program, 31 minors, and five certificate programs. Additionally, GMC offers four Master’s level programs. At the heart of the college’s social and environmental mission is the 36-credit Sustainable Liberal Arts for Transformative Education (SLATE) program, which all GMC students complete. SLATE combines the skills and content of a strong liberal arts course of study with a focus on sustainability theory and practices.
The GMC academic calendar is comprised of 3-½ week immersive courses bookending the more traditional 12-week semesters. This innovative calendar creates opportunities for students to participate in travel courses, service learning courses, as well as courses with significant lab and field components in the 3-½ week immersions while also providing a structure for more traditional courses during the 12-week semester. This curricular structure creates powerful learning opportunities, such as partnerships with community organizations, that allows students see the immediate impact of what they are learning.
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.
In August 2018, the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) released its 2018 Sustainable Campus Index, an annual report recognizing top-performing institutions in various sustainability impact areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). GMC’s 2018 STARS Gold score of 81.82 is the highest score any college has achieved. GMC also attained top ranking in the areas of Air and Climate Operations and Investment and Finance, and scored among the top 5 institutions for Energy and Research.
Green Mountain College was recognized by Sierra magazine, the official publication of The Sierra Club, as the top “Cool School” in its 2018 ranking of America’s greenest colleges and universities.
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.” – Robert Allen, President, Green Mountain College
MAJORS/ AREAS OF STUDY
Green Mountain College’s holistic, sustainability-based education, built on a core sustainability-focused liberal arts curriculum, enables students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in our rapidly changing world.
Over 50 academic majors and minors, including Adventure Education, Animal Conservation and Care, Biology, Education, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Psychology, Renewable Energy & Ecological Design (REED), Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, Sustainable Business, and three-year B.S. degrees in partnership with Vermont Law School and The Killington Resort.
GMC also offers the following graduate degrees including: MBA in Sustainable Business; MS in Environmental Studies; MS in Sustainable Food Systems; and MS in Resilient and Sustainable Communities.
Two 16-week semesters each featuring a 3.5-week block course. The College offers a farm intensive program in the summer.
NOTABLE ACTIVITIES IN SUSTAINABILITY
- #1 ranked school for sustainability curriculum. Over 50% of all classes are sustainability course offerings
- Climate neutral since 2011 through campus-wide efficiency, adoption of clean energy, and purchase of local carbon offsets
- Biomass plant provides up to 85% of GMC’s heat
- Renewable electricity provided by on and off campus solar energy and methane from local dairy farms
- LEED gold-certified building
- Divestment from fossil fuels since 2015
- Campus-wide food waste composting system
- Certified Organic Cerridwen Farm and Community Supported Agriculture
- Student Campus Greening Fund offers funding to students to help put greening initiatives into action
- Certified Tree Campus USA
- Fair Trade Campus
SPECIAL PROGRAMS, FACILITIES & RESEARCH
- 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