What is Vermont State Looking for in our Undergraduates?

Vermont State University Admissions will review your application individually and holistically. All application materials submitted will be taken into consideration for acceptance. We also encourage you to contact us, as personalized contact enables us to get to know you and assist you through the process.

If you are interested in pursuing the many opportunities available at Vermont State we encourage you to apply. Incoming student averages are shared here as a guideline. Some students who fall outside of our regular admission parameters are admitted with condition in order to ensure their success. Additionally, we often work with students who are denied admission to plan a path for their future enrollment.

Some academic programs require that you have specific credentials or prerequisite courses completed prior to application and/or enrollment. See specific program prerequisites.

New Student Averages

Averages are provided as helpful information, and admitted student profiles range broadly. Should you have any questions regarding your individual profile, we encourage you to connect with admissions.


‘B’ average (85% or 3.0) student on a 4.0 unweighted academic scale.

It is very important that you are prepared to complete the coursework you will face at Vermont State, and in your specified program of study, and it is with your success in mind that we carefully review your academic foundation.

For high school students with no GPA available, such as proficiency-based or narrative transcript, academic preparation will be evaluated on an individual basis using the high school profile as a guideline.   

For high school students with GPA available, high school GPA is recalculated by the Office of Admissions using completed academic courses only on a 4.0 scale. The majority of courses are considered unweighted in recalculation, yet completed college-level coursework, such as AP and IB courses, are weighted. The strength of your overall course selection and in-progress coursework is recognized and considered in review. We prefer that candidates include the following college preparatory courses in their high school programs:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of math
  • 3-4 years of social science
  • 2-3 years of laboratory science

Transfer applicants must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to be considered for admission. Program-specific GPA is required for some majors.

Some programs have specific requirements beyond general information listed here. See specific program prerequisites.

Personal Statement/Essay and Letter(s) of Recommendation

Where required, these allow us to gain a greater understanding of your opportunity for success at Vermont State and in your chosen program of study. Your essay, a brief personal statement, tells us more about you in your own words. Your letters of recommendation are extremely valuable, as these give us insight to your qualities and characteristics from the perspective of those who know you best.

Test Scores

Scores are optional for most scholars seeking admission. Scores will be considered in review if submitted. Tests provide additional information to support your academic profile, yet greater emphasis is placed on your transcript course selection and academic performance. See Application Checklist Requirements for program-specific requirements and details for international applicants.