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Quick Facts

Northern Vermont University–Johnson was founded in 1828 as an elementary and secondary school and was chartered as Johnson Academy four years later. In 1866 the State of Vermont designated Johnson Academy as a “Normal School”—an institution exclusively for teacher training.

Over the next eight decades, the Johnson Normal School offered one-, two-, and three-year teacher-training programs. The school became Johnson Teachers College in 1947, when the state approved a four-year teaching program.

In 1962 the institution was renamed Johnson State College, signaling a change in mission from a single-purpose teacher-training college to a college that teaches the liberal arts and prepares students for a range of professions. On July 1, 2018, Johnson State College officially unified with Lyndon State College to become Northern Vermont University, a two-campus institution of higher education.

Accreditation: New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Honors and Affiliations:

  • Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC)
  • LGBTQ Friendly Campus
  • Military Friendly School
  • Top Ten Affordable Small College
  • Lamoille County Planning Commission Honoree for Community Service

Location: Situated near Stowe in the heart of the Green Mountains, the NVU-Johnson campus is one hour from Burlington (Vermont’s largest city), 3.5 hours from Boston, and 1.5 hours from Montreal.

Campus size: 14 buildings on 350 acres

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Music Education
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Arts
  • Master in Education
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Science

Faculty: 40 full-time, 90 part-time

Full-time faculty with terminal degrees in their fields: 97%

Total Students: 1,145 (757 full-time undergraduate, 99 part-time undergraduate, 289 graduate students)

Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

Average Class Size: 17

In-State/Out-Of-State: 80% / 20%

Male/Female Students: 46% / 54%

First-In-Family Students: 51%

Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 72%

Library Access:

  • Holdings—166,002 volumes (books, microform/microfilm, etc.)
  • E-books—184,992
  • Print Journals—81
  • E-Journals—110,000 titles

Admissions: Rolling Admissions

Application Dates: Recommended March 1 (fall) / December 1 (spring)

Priority Filing for Financial Aid: March 1 (fall) / November 1 (spring)

Athletic Affiliations:

  • NCAA Division III
  • North Atlantic Conference
  • North Eastern Athletic Conference

Varsity Sports:

Men’s Women’s
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball

Extracurricular: 20+ student clubs, extensive community service opportunities, and student-leadership programs

Undergraduate Expenses: View current costs for tuition, fees, room and board here.

Northern Vermont University–Lyndon was founded in 1911 as a one-year “normal school” for teacher training. In 1944, the school began granting four-year degrees for teachers and became known as Lyndon Teachers College. In 1961, the college joined the newly created Vermont State Colleges and was renamed Lyndon State College, adding liberal arts and professional training programs to its already established education degree programs. On July 1, 2018, Lyndon State College officially unified with Johnson State College to become Northern Vermont University, a two-campus institution of higher education.

Accreditation: New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)

Location: Situated in Vermont’s beautiful Northeast Kingdom, the NVU-Lyndon campus is 1.5 hours from Burlington, 3.25 hours from Boston, 3 hours from Montreal, and 3.25 hours from Hartford, CT.

Campus size: 24 buildings on 211 acres

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Arts
  • Master in Education

Faculty: 44 full-time, 65 part-time

Full-time faculty with terminal degrees in their fields: 90%

Total Students: 1,057 (867 full-time undergrad, 144 part-time undergrad, 46 graduate students)

Student/Faculty Ratio: 14:1

Average Class Size: 15

In-State/Out-Of-State: 55% / 45%

Male/Female Students: 57% / 43%

First-In-Family Students: 44%

Residential/Commuter Students: 48% / 52%

Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 86%

Library Access:

  • Holdings—68,143 volumes
  • E-Books—492,000
  • Print Journals—118
  • E-Journals—83,174 titles

Athletic Affiliations:

  • NCAA Division III
  • North Atlantic Conference
  • North Eastern Athletic Conference

Varsity Sports:

Men’s Women’s
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Extracurricular: 20+ student clubs, extensive community service opportunities, and student-leadership programs

Undergraduate Expenses: View current costs for tuition, fees, room, and board here.