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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.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Rural: Distant
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 13:1
Graduation Rate 40%
Year Founded 2018

Student Enrollment

Total Students2,376


Undergraduate Student

Male 846
Female 1,218

Graduate Student

Male 128
Female 184

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Male 1,263
Female 1,784


Male 947
Female 1,427

Acceptance Rate78%

Male 75%
Female 80%

Enrollment 309

Male 128
Female 181
Application Fee $55
High School GPA Recommended
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Recommended
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Considered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline Rolling
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
Net Price $16,282
Average Total Aid $9,572
Students Receiving Financial Aid 98%
Room & Board $11,020

Sticker Price

  • 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:

  • Accounting
  • Criminal Justice
  • Psychology
  • Wellness
  • 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

Student Population 2,376

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

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
Accounting 21 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.

Graduates Salary
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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