Vermont Student Assistance Corporation: VSAC
Vermont is typical New England. Boasting more cows than people, you'll find farms complete with old-fashioned farmhouses, small towns with friendly folk along the Connecticut River, the picturesque Green Mountains and National Forest in the center of the state, and vast Lake Champlain in the west, a haven for boaters. Students can travel to Quebec Province in just a few hours' time or head west to New York's pretty Adirondack region for more recreation and sightseeing. Small colleges are the name of the game in this small state, though there are a handful of larger schools as well.
The Vermont state college system consists of 5 schools, including a community college and technical school. Castleton State College is located in Vermont's Lakes Region, not far from the town of Rutland. With 1,700 students, this is actually one of the state's larger schools but is small enough to offer a low student/teacher ratio and small class sizes. Castleton offers about 30 majors in the liberal arts and sciences and a few graduate majors. Johnson State College, in the heart of the Green Mountains, is similar in size and offerings. Lyndon State, in the east near New Hampshire, is home to about 1,300 students and offers both bachelor's and associates degrees.
The University of Vermont is by far the state's largest school, with about 11,000 students on its Burlington campus. The University has 8 undergraduate schools with 90 different programs as well as 50 master's and 20 doctoral programs. The College of Medicine enrolls about 400 students. UVM is the fifth oldest university in New England and is dedicated to preserving Vermont's vast natural resources through study and research.
Consistently named one of the best cooking schools in the country, the New England Culinary Institute offers degrees in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and management. The teaching restaurants here are excellent and students also take advantage of the many internships available to them in the capital city of Montpelier.