Welcome to Northern Vermont University.

Here, North is more than just a sense of place or where we are. It’s a sense of purpose. It’s who we are. North sees straight to the problem and gets straight to fixing it. North elevates thinking and gives rise to new theories and ideas. North changes perspectives and brings people together. North answers the call to action and keeps lifting our communities. North takes what it’s given and makes something more. North never stops asking: “What’s next?”

On July 1, 2018 Johnson State College and Lyndon State College will become Northern Vermont University, a two-campus institution of higher education that combines the best of our nationally recognized liberal arts and professional programs. At Northern Vermont University, our goal is to guide curious, motivated, and engaged students on their paths to success and their places in the world. Students admitted for the Fall 2018 semester will be members of the first class of NVU. 

One University, Two Unique, Vibrant Campuses

As an NVU student, you’ll enroll at either our Lyndon or Johnson campus. If you’re a varsity athlete, you’ll play for your campus’ team – either the Lyndon Hornets or the Johnson Badgers. But while you’ll choose a home base, you will be able to take classes at both Lyndon and Johnson, on campus and virtually through our online and telepresence classrooms.

And you’ll see the benefits right away. By combining more than 200 years of history in liberal arts and professional learning, NVU offers expanded access to a faculty with a broader and deeper depth of expertise and experience. You’ll collaborate with and learn from peers and staff on both campuses. And your alumni network will include Lyndon and Johnson graduates all over the world who will help you get your foot in the door to put your degree immediately to work in your profession.

Our campuses both offer in-demand degrees in business, criminal justice, education, psychology and human services, and much more. We also have programs and disciplines unique to each campus. Learn more about our academic programs here. 


Our Johnson campus, designated by the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) as Vermont’s premier public liberal arts institution, offers an immersive, high-impact, liberal arts experience that prepares you to thrive in an ever-changing world.

Cultural exhibits and performances abound on campus, along with outdoor opportunities and physical pursuits right outside your door. The town of Johnson is a short walk from campus, and Jay Peak, Smuggler’s Notch, and Stowe Mountain Resort offer top-notch skiing and riding as well as mountain biking off-season, a short drive away. 

About the Area Johnson Campus Life 


Our Lyndon campus, 195 acres located in Vermont’s stunning Northeast Kingdom, offers distinct professional programs based in a liberal arts core—such as Mountain Recreation Management, Atmospheric Sciences, Electronic Journalism Arts, and Exercise Science. 

Known as “Vermont’s adventure recreation campus” complete with trails for running/skiing/biking, a terrain park, fishing ponds, and ropes courses, the Lyndon campus location offers easy access to ski and bike centers such as Burke Mountain, Jay Peak, and Kingdom Trails.

About the Campus Lyndon Campus Life

One University, Two Athletics Teams

If you’re an athlete who wants to compete at the varsity level, you’ll play for the team on your campus—the Johnson Badgers or the Lyndon Hornets. Our Division III teams are part of the North Atlantic Conference. As a Hornet or a Badger, you’ll even play each other!

Johnson Athletics Lyndon Athletics

See For Yourself

Find out more about our campuses and what Northern Vermont University has to offer you! Contact admissions:

NVU Johnson Admissions  NVU Lyndon Admissions