Burlington College provides a transformative liberal arts education that focuses on integrated learning, personal development, and community engagement. We honor the individuality of each student, emphasize the relationship between education and experience, and create meaningful connections between the academic institution and the surrounding community. Our intentionally small, student-centered learning environment is at the heart of all we do. Students work closely with faculty as they plan and pursue their studies, supported by a rich array of resources and real-world experiences. The classroom experience at the College is characterized by dialogue, interaction and perspective-taking. Standing and community faculty are practitioners in their fields; as artists, historians, filmmakers, activists, writers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, counselors, and business professionals, they bring their rich and varied experience into our classroom.

The College

  • The College‚Äôs mission gives direction to a program of education that addresses learners as individuals and helps them increase their awareness, knowledge and competence. Students are actively engaged in planning and implementing their education in an atmosphere of open communication and shared responsibility.
  • Co-educational, private, non-profit organization
  • Founded in 1972 as the Vermont Institute for Community Involvement
  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

Location Highlights

  • 32 acre campus in the heart of Burlington, overlooking Lake Champlain with views of the Adirondack Mountains.
  • Main campus located in a nineteenth century historic brick building
  • Rich in cultural and professional resources, the city of Burlington serves as an extension of our campus
  • Craftsmanship and Design students study at the Vermont Woodworking School, located on 4.5 acres in a late 19th Century three-story barn in Fairfax.
  • 1 hour from Montreal, 4 hours from Boston

Unique Characteristics

  • Over 60% of the student body is majoring in something in the creative arts: filmmaking, creative writing, screenwriting, photography, fine arts, woodworking etc.
  • Narrative evaluation process measures academic progress and encourages meaningful reflection on coursework
  • Institute for Civic Engagement sponsors community events to bring students and citizens together to examine issues of democracy and reform at local, state , national and international levels
  • Semester long study abroad opportunities in Havana, Cuba.
  • Travel and learn opportunities in South Andros Island
  • Credit for life experience opportunities
  • Extensive Cinema Studies library and Transpersonal Psychology resources