Castleton University, the 18th oldest institution of higher education in the United States, emphasizes undergraduate liberal arts and professional education while also offering selected graduate programs. The University is dedicated to the intellectual and personal growth of students through excellence in teaching, close student-faculty interaction, numerous opportunities for outside-the-classroom learning, and an active and supportive campus community. Castleton strives to learn, use, and teach sustainable practices. The University prepares its graduates for meaningful careers; further academic pursuits; and engaged, environmentally responsible citizenship. As a member of the Vermont State Colleges, Castleton is committed to supporting and improving the regions communities, schools, organizations, businesses, and environment.


  • Founded in 1787, Castleton is Vermont's first institution of higher learning and the 18th oldest in the country
  • Public-supported with a personal, private-college appeal
  • Emphasizes undergraduate liberal arts and professional education
  • 2,000 students from 28 states, 5 Canadian Provinces and 5 countries call Castleton home

Location Highlights

  • 165 acre campus located just 14 miles west of Rutland, one of Vermont's largest cities
  • Ski resorts such as Killington, Pico, Okemo, and Stratton are all within an hour's drive of campus
  • Located in the lakes region of Vermont, outdoor enthusiasts will thrive. Nearby state parks, hiking trails, mountain biking and rock climbing provides great experiences right outside your back door.
  • Reasonable travel distance from Burlington, NYC, Boston and Montreal for those students who crave the glow of the city lights

Unique Characteristics

  • Mentor an elementary school student, participate in our Green Campus Initiative, try your hand at politics by joining the Student Government Association, host your own radio show, volunteer, study abroad, be an athlete, start your own club, test your skills at acting, or join the marching band. Students have the unique ability to become involved in not just one of the activities above, but all. Castleton has an environment that encourages students to become leaders and an active contributor to the Castleton community.
  • Compassionate, teaching-oriented faculty members who care about their students. In addition to teaching they are active within their fields, conducting research, consulting, working in the community, or creating works of art or literature.
  • Innovative programs for first-year students, including the First-Year Seminar and Soundings, a series that offers the best in music, drama, and dance
  • Commitment to the American Democracy Project, a national effort to strengthen civic and political engagement through service learning and volunteerism