Two male students walk on Castleton campus while chatting between classes

Vermont State University officially launched on July 1, 2023. Vermont State has joined Castleton University, Northern Vermont University, and Vermont Technical College into one institution to better meet the needs of students throughout Vermont and beyond. 

While new in name and form, Vermont State builds upon the rich histories of our three institutions. This unification allows us to leverage the high-quality, transformative education our colleges are known for and to make our programs more accessible and affordable than ever before.  

While each campus has its own culture, we share the common goal of preparing students for a rewarding career and active citizenship through an educational community that fosters intellectual, personal, and creative growth. 

Keep reading to discover the history that culminates in where we are today. 

Our Campus Histories 

Vermont State University’s roots stretch back centuries to the oldest institution of higher education in the state.  

The Past and the Future 

While each institution has its own unique history, the three share a powerful inheritance from our past that will continue to shape our future: 

  • A Focus on Teaching: The early focus of the three schools was teacher training. From the beginning, we have believed in the importance of learning and in the careful preparation of those who foster it.
  • The Priority of the Practical: Training teachers means giving students the knowledge and skills needed for a particular vocation. As the schools expanded their offerings and pioneered education in areas like agriculture and engineering, they all maintained a focus on giving students hands-on preparation for career readiness and success. 
  • Flexibility and Innovation: The histories of our constituent schools are marked by change – in program focus, in name, and in institutional governance. Each has grown, taken risks, and adapted successfully to the needs of the communities they serve.  

At Vermont State University, we remain energized by the value of education and shape our programs to prepare graduates for career success and impact. The formation of this new institution is one more example of creative innovation in response to the changing needs of our state and its students.  

We have 236 years of excellence in education behind us and limitless possibilities in front of us. Welcome to Vermont State University.   


Vermont State University is accredited through the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), the regional accreditation body recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to review and accredit institutions, as of July 1, 2023. 

Explore Our Locations 

With campuses in Castleton, Johnson, Lyndon, Randolph Center, and Williston, and learning sites across the state, Vermont State’s reach is wide. Cross-campus collaborations and hybrid and online options connect our students to a network of learning opportunities where they are and where they want to be.

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