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Northern Vermont University is a public institution located in Vermont. It was established in 2018 when Johnson State College and Lyndon State College officially combined. As a result, the institution has two primary campuses, one in Johnson and another in Lyndon. Honors and affiliations include being among the top ten affordable small colleges, a Lamoille County Planning Commission Honoree for Community Service, and associated with the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). The school is also LGBTQ and military-friendly.
Overview of Northern Vermont University
Now unified, the two-campus institution combines the best of both school’s nationally-recognized liberal arts and professional programs. The faculty and staff on both campuses strive to provide engaging and diverse educational opportunities for students and encourage the rise of new theories and ideas. The primary goal is to guide curious, motivated, and engaged students on their paths to academic and career success.
NVU also offers flexible and affordable online education options for students seeking bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Programs provide access to expert faculty, online advisors, and a community of like-minded students. The university is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees.
|Campus Setting||Rural: Distant|
|Student Faculty Ratio||13:1|
|High School GPA||Recommended|
|High School Rank||NA|
|High School Transcripts||Recommended|
|College Prep Courses||Recommended|
|SAT/ACT||Considered But Not Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Common Application Accepted||Yes|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
Northern Vermont University claims to offer affordable, high-quality academic programs that prepare students for successful careers, lifelong learning, and community leadership roles.
The total cost will depend on several factors including student residency, degree level sought, and living situation. In-state students will pay significantly less; tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates costs $5,796 per semester or $11,592 per year. Out-of-state students, on the other hand, are estimated to pay $12,840 per semester, or $25,680 per year. Additional expenses not included in the base tuition cost include fees for student activities, facilities, matriculation, and major courses. Students will also be responsible for paying for room and board, books, and supplies while enrolled. Room and board on campus can add another $11,694 per year.
Online and graduate degree programs have different tuition and fees that vary based on the program selected.
The university does attempt to lower student financial responsibility by offering merit scholarships and other financial aid. Families with two or more full-time students are also eligible for a NVU Family Discount and students living in certain areas may qualify for the Regional Student Program/NEBHE or Good Neighbor tuition discounts. Approximately 98% of full-time, freshman students attending the institution receive some form of financial aid.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$9,572|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||98%|
|Room & Board||$11,020|
- Tuition In-State - $12,422
- Tuition Out-of-State - $26,126
- Books and Supplies - $1,000
- Room & Board - $11,020
- Other - $1,750
Northern Vermont University is dedicated to providing high-quality academic programs that emphasize research and hands-on experiences so that graduates are prepared with career-ready skills when entering the ever-changing job market. It strives to foster the intellectual, creative, and personal growth of every students who chooses to enroll and join the supportive community dedicated to diversity and inclusion.
The university has four academic schools with programs on each campus: Arts and Communication, Business and Leadership, Culture and Human Studies, and Physical and Life Sciences. There are numerous degree options within each school including mountain resort management, accounting, criminal justice, and elementary education. NVU also offers explorative programs for undergraduates who are undecided about their future career goals. These tracks are designed to help students decide which major(s) would be best.
In addition to an online master’s in leadership studies, NVU Online offers the following undergraduate programs:
- Criminal Justice
- Alternative Medicine
Including both undergraduate and graduate students, enrollment is just over 1,100 on the Johnson campus and nearly 1,100 on the Lyndon campus. The majority of those enrolled are attending classes full-time. The institution also has 84 full-time and 155 part-time faculty members, the majority of whom have terminal degrees in their fields. The resulting average student-to-faculty ratio for both campuses is 13 to 1, meaning that the average class size ranges between 15 and 17. Students often benefit from small classes, as it is easy to build relationships with professors and the chances of receiving more one-on-one attention are higher.
The retention rate for first-time students pursing associate degrees was 62% for full-time students and 50% for part-time students in 2019. These rates are important because they provide insight into whether or not students are satisfied enough with the institution to return for a second year.
Graduate rates are also significant, as they show how many students are able to graduate within a standard period of time – generally considered to be four years. Northern Vermont University had an overall graduate rate of 40% for the class undergraduates who started pursuing their degrees in 2013. Thirty-one percent of this class was able to graduate within four years and 40% graduated after their sixth year.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Psychology Majors||63 Total Graduates / 15%|
|Psychology, General||63 Graduates|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities||62 Total Graduates / 15%|
|General Studies||44 Graduates|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies||18 Graduates|
|All Business Majors||61 Total Graduates / 15%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||29 Graduates|
|Business/Commerce, General||8 Graduates|
|Visual and Performing Arts||52 Total Graduates / 13%|
|Music, Other||18 Graduates|
|Art/Art Studies, General||11 Graduates|
|Digital Arts||6 Graduates|
|Fine/Studio Arts, General||6 Graduates|
|Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies||37 Total Graduates / 9%|
|Outdoor Education||13 Graduates|
|Sport and Fitness Administration/Management||10 Graduates|
|Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General||7 Graduates|
|Kinesiology and Exercise Science||4 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||33%|
Outcome & Salary
Northern Vermont University has a well-developed career services department that offers support to traditional undergraduate, graduate, and online students. Some of the most prominent services include a strengths self-assessment, professional development workshops, career and internship fairs, resume and cover letter editing, and mock interviews. The department also receives notices about local, regional, and national job openings that are posted to the school’s online job bank.
There is very little data available concerning specific career outcomes for Northern Vermont University students. Some individual programs may provide more details regarding professional placement ratings and salary averages after graduation.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$39,800|
|College Grads Average Salary||$50,823|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$72,200|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$508,230|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,230,230|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$65,128|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$443,102|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,165,102|
|No College Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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