Our 165-acre Castleton campus in southwestern Vermont is nestled within a village full of New England character in the heart of the Green Mountains. On campus, the Woodruff Bells ring out the Castleton Anthem each day at noon, and our open-air pavilion hosts homecoming activities in the autumn and an annual concert series in summer. The skatepark and snowboard park are both popular spots on campus, and a wide variety of art shows and performances are held in the gallery and performance spaces of the Fine Arts Center.
For swimming, fishing, and boating, students visit Lake Bomoseen State Park, while Taconic Mountains Ramble State Park offers rocky trails and a beautiful Japanese garden. Killington (which also hosts our Resort and Hospitality Management Program) and Okemo resorts are both an easy drive, and summer weekends bring the Pond Hill Ranch Pro Rodeo on Saturday nights.
Just fifteen minutes away, the city of Rutland is home to Spartan Arena, the Castleton Bank Gallery, and our apartment-style residence life building. For off-campus travel, The Bus offers students free unlimited access to Rutland, Middlebury, and Manchester, and students can catch the Ethan Allen Express from the Castleton train station and head to Albany and New York City.
The Castleton campus offers eleven residence halls on campus and one in downtown Rutland. Residence halls are overseen by student Community Advisors (CAs) trained in mediation, conflict management, and crisis support as well as by Area Coordinators who supervise CAs.
- Adams Hall: Suite-style residence hall with four single-sex double-occupancy rooms with a shared furnished living room and bathroom. Shared kitchen and laundry facilities are available.
- Audet House: Pod-style residence hall with three single-sex double-occupancy rooms and shared bathroom. Thirty-six students share two common lounges and a kitchen area. Audet is home to Honors Housing for students interested in living with other academically minded peers. Shared laundry facilities are available.
- Babcock Hall: Corridor-style residence hall with double- and triple-occupancy rooms on each floor. Babcock is co-ed housing with designated male, female, and gender-neutral showers and bathrooms spread across the building. Each floor has a shared balcony, common area, and kitchen. Shared laundry facilities are available. The Academic Support Center is located on the first floor of this building.
- Castleton Hall: Suite-style residence hall with single-sex suites containing four double-occupancy rooms, furnished living room, and two bathrooms. Shared laundry facilities are available.
- Ellis Hall: Corridor-style residence hall with co-ed single- and double-occupancy rooms, and designated male and female showers and bathrooms on each floor. Ellis is home to a gender-inclusive floor which includes a designated gender-neutral bathroom. Shared common area on the first floor and shared laundry facilities are available.
- Haskell Hall: Suite-style residence hall with four single-sex double-occupancy rooms and shared furnished living room and bathroom. Shared kitchen and laundry facilities are available.
- Hoff Hall: Corridor-style residence hall with single-sex double-occupancy rooms. Each floor includes a kitchen, lounge, and study area. The second and third floors include two balconies that overlook our athletic fields. The Conferences and Events office is located on the first floor of the building.
- Morrill Hall: Suite-style residence hall with four single-sex double-occupancy rooms on co-ed floors. Suites include shared furnished living room and bathroom and private balconies on the second, third, and fourth floors.
- North House: Pod-style residence hall with three single-sex double-occupancy rooms and shared bathroom. Thirty-six students share two lounges and a kitchen area.
- South House: Pod-style residence hall with three single-sex double-occupancy rooms and shared bathroom. Thirty-six students share two lounges and a kitchen area. South House is designated Wellness Housing, a dedicated substance-free environment with programming that explores all aspects of wellness.
- Wheeler Hall: Suite-style residence hall with four single-sex double-occupancy rooms on co-ed floors. Suites include shared furnished living room and bathroom and private balconies on the second, third, and fourth floors.
- Foley Hall: Apartment-style residence hall located in downtown Rutland with single-occupancy rooms with shared kitchen, living area, and bathroom. Each apartment may house up to four students.
Students in the Resort and Hospitality Management program live at the Castleton Lodge at Killington, which is nestled in the heart of local businesses on the Killington Access Road. The Castleton Lodge provides a full-service residence with double-occupancy rooms. Students have access to conference areas, food and dining service, laundry, recreation areas, and a computer lab.
All residence hall rooms include:
- Twin extra-long bed (mattress measures 36 x 80 inches)
- Wardrobe closet or dresser
- Desk and chair
- Wireless internet
- Curtains or blinds
- Telephone jack (phone not provided)
The Castleton campus offers one dining hall and two retail-based dining options.
Huden Dining Hall is the primary dining option on campus, serving a wide and rotating variety of meals. The three hot meal stations include daily vegan/vegetarian options, and a dedicated area of the dining hall supports students with dietary restrictions.
Residential students are required to enroll in a meal plan each semester. Students will have meal plan options to choose from and are encouraged to select a plan that most closely matches their dining preferences. Commuting students are encouraged to purchase a meal plan if they plan to be on campus during meal periods.
Fireside Café offers a selection of breakfast, lunch, and snack foods. Located in the Campus Center, the café offers the latest operating hours on campus making it your go-to place for a late night snack.
Coffee Cottage serves breakfast and lunch as well as coffee, tea, and smoothies. It’s a popular spot on campus to grab a bite with a friend in between classes.
Clubs and Activities
With an average of fifty clubs and student organizations on campus each academic year, there are so many ways to join in and meet new friends. From sustainability and athletics to vocal performance, advocacy, and the arts, you’ll have a wide range of activities to choose from. And if you don’t see something that fits your interests, you can start your own!
Student Wellness and Safety
Keeping our students safe and healthy are among our top priorities here. A successful learning environment depends on both! Our Wellness Center and Public Safety office provide dedicated support and programming to meet the needs of students and ensure the safety of all.
Health and Wellness Services:
Our Wellness Center is located in the Campus Center and offers a variety of programs and services for students. Wellness education topics include mindfulness, healthy relationships, safer sex, substance use education, and stress management. The center also provides free, confidential mental health services to all students via emergency response and crisis interventions, individual or group counseling with a licensed psychologist, and referrals to community resources. An on-staff registered nurse can provide first aid and triage care and refer students to local medical and dental practices if necessary.
The Peer Advocates for Change (PAC) initiative is a peer-support program that trains students to conduct violence prevention and intervention on campus among peers. We also offer the Student Support Network, a certificate program that trains students on a wide variety of social support tools and methods.
Public Safety Services:
The office of Public Safety is committed to ensuring a safe and secure learning environment for all who come to campus. Our office provides a variety of services to support this goal beyond standard 24/7 patrol duties.
- Vehicle lockout – Assistance with attempting to unlock a personal vehicle.
- Student I.D. cards.
- Safety escorts – You can request a safety escort on campus 24/7.
- Jumper packs – Borrow supplies to jump start a car with a dead or drained battery.
- Door unlocks – When your community advisor is unavailable to unlock your door, public safety is able to help you gain access.
- Blue Lights – Emergency contact kiosks, known as Blue Lights, are located across campus and connect directly to a campus security officer and will direct officers to the location.