The mission of Goddard College is to advance cultures of rigorous inquiry, collaboration and lifelong learning, where individuals take imaginative and responsible action in the world. Goddard’s low-residency semester format comprises an intensive 8-day residency on campus, and 16 weeks of independent work and self-reflection in close collaboration with a faculty advisor. The college pioneered this format nearly a half century ago particularly to meet the needs of adult students with professional, family, and other obligations seeking learning experiences with relevance in real-world circumstances.

The College

  • Historic campus founded in 1938; the school’s lineage goes back to 1863.
  • Private College
  • Emphasis on Progressive Education
  • Low Residency Model
  • Coeducation
  • 804 full time students
  • Median age is 36
  • 31% of students in Undergraduate Programs
  • 69% of students in Graduate Programs

Location Highlights

  • Goddard College is located in Plainfield, VT on approximately 200 acres. The campus has a collection of historic buildings that have been named to the National Register of Historic Places and the Vermont state list.
  • The campus is mostly wooded and includes trails and footbridges. The Winooski River is adjacent.
  • Nearby ski areas include Bolton, Stowe and Burke Mountain.
  • Near state campgrounds and Groton State Forest.
  • 10 miles from the capital, Montpelier, and 31 miles from Stowe.

Unique Characteristics

  • Low residency model entailing an 8 day residency at the beginning of each semester. Students study at home or elsewhere the rest of the term.
  • Designed for working adults, independent, self-motivated learners
  • Work independently from home using a study plan that you create with guidance from your advisor.
  • Goddard is based on a democratic theory of education, as described by John Dewey, William Heard Kilpatrick and other philosophers of education.
  • Students have a great deal of autonomy in designing their programs of study, often addressing interdisciplinary subjects.
  • There are no grades at Goddard. Both students and faculty compose written narratives that document challenges, highlight progress and accomplishments and identify areas for future study.
  • A college intranet allows students to maintain contact with fauculty advisors and each other.