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Southern Vermont College

  • Bennington, VT
  • Private
  • Small
  • 65%35%
    student ratio
  • 530
    total students
  • $21,721 | $21,721
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 75%
    acceptance rate
  • Minimally Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 450
    sat math
  • 440
    sat reading
  • Not

    sat writing
  • 18
    act composite


Southern Vermont College -- Individualized Education with Big Results

Southern Vermont College (SVC) is a small, private college offering a career-focused liberal arts education in 17 majors within 5 academic divisions. SVC's individualized education is presented in small classes that build skills and self-confidence. SVC academic and co-curricular opportunities combine classroom learning with real-world experiences, leading students to become engaged citizens with broad global perspectives. Programs are driven by the principles of diversity, supportiveness, environmental respect, and social responsibility.

Division of Business Offers Bachelor's Degrees in 3 Majors

SVC offers 3 Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees from the McCormick Division of Business in the fields of administration/management, administration and sports management, and entrepreneurship and management. In addition, minors are available in 3 areas, including communication, environmental studies, and public relations.

Business programs provide students with critical-thinking skills, ethical experience, and leadership abilities necessary to succeed in a dynamic and globalized business world. Business graduates are prepared for work in large corporations, small businesses, professional practices, financial institutions, and governmental agencies, or to start their own businesses.

Division of Humanities Offers 4 Undergraduate Degrees in 5 Majors

The Hunter Division of Humanities offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in 5 majors: communication, creative writing, creative writing and English studies, English, and liberal arts. The liberal arts program may also lead to a B.S., Associate of Arts (A.A.), or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree. Minors are available in 6 subjects: creative writing, English, humanities, music, public relations, and visual arts.

Programs within the Division of Humanities address the beliefs, knowledge, skills, and values that influence students as individuals in society. All majors take the interdisciplinary "Humanities Seminar," which addresses the place of humanities and arts within contemporary culture. Humanities graduates are prepared to enter careers in fields such as marketing, journalism, publishing, and media management. They also emerge ready to pursue graduate study in education, literature, advertising, creative writing, public relations, and other areas.

Division of Nursing Education Offers B.S.N. and R.N. to B.S.N. Programs in Region's Only Simulation Lab

The Division of Nursing (DON) at SVC offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) and R.N. to B.S.N. degree programs designed to prepare graduates to be lifelong learners capable of providing quality nursing care. Graduates are employed at health care facilities and for providers in every specialty, including critical care, pediatrics, surgical nursing, long-term care, and community health.

Nursing students are also able to take advantage of the only fully functioning simulation lab facility in the region. SVC's Health Education Center is located in downtown Bennington, just blocks from campus.

Division of Science and Technology Offers Bachelor's Degrees in 3 Majors

SVC offers B.S. programs in biological sciences, healthcare management and advocacy, and radiologic sciences from the John Merck Division of Science and Technology. Minors are available in environmental studies and information technology. Science and technology programs are designed to teach students the value of environmental, mathematic, scientific, and technological literacy. An active learning approach also encourages engagement in the community and global society.

SVC graduates have the opportunity to complete master's degrees in occupational therapy from Sage Graduate School in Troy, New York. The collaborative agreement allows students to complete their master's degrees in as little as 1 year.

Division of Social Sciences Offers Bachelor's Degrees in 3 Majors

The Donald Everett Axinn Division of Social Sciences at SVC offers baccalaureate degrees in criminal justice, history and politics, and psychology. Programs focus on the political, social, and psychological aspects of human beings in order to help students understand the role of the individual in social structure and how to actively address social issues. Experiential learning is employed within the classroom, and students are encouraged to participate in service learning as an extension of their curriculum.

Graduates are well prepared for graduate study or professional employment in a variety of fields, including human services, law enforcement, education, government service, nonprofit organizations, and business.

Student Life

Southern Vermont College provides rich co-curricular experiences that enhance personal and professional skills, develop leadership skills, and build lifelong friendships. Students can join over 20 student-led clubs, including Colleges Against Cancer, Nursing Student Association, and the Radiology Club. The MooseCorps Community Service Club is just one of many service-learning opportunities encouraged at SVC to develop career skills and personal growth while contributing to the good of the community.

Passionate Faculty at Southern Vermont College

SVC faculty members are experienced professionals and academics who get excited about sharing their passions with others. For instance, Professor Carol Cusano in the McCormick Division of Business developed a passion for information visualization and human computer interaction through her studies in veterinary medicine and fine arts. She uses visual knowledge in her classroom to help students more easily approach and learn new technologies.

Professor of Art Gregory Winterhalter has exhibited his art throughout New England. As a finalist for the Engaged Scholar Award at the Vermont Campus Compact Awards Recognition and Reception, Winterhalter shows students firsthand how to translate their art educations into careers.

Financial Aid Opportunities for Students at Southern Vermont College

Southern Vermont College has long been committed to offering a quality education within economic reach. Over 85% of full-time students receive institutional grants and scholarships on the basis of academic merit, community service, and financial need. For instance, the SVC Trustee's Scholarship grants awards up to the full cost of tuition to the highest achieving students of each incoming class. Additional institutional scholarships available include the Everett Scholarship, Leadership Scholarship, SVC Opportunity Grant, and Engaged Student Award.


Southern Vermont College is located in Bennington, Vermont, on a 371-acre mountainside campus overlooking the Green Mountains. SVC students are only 1.5 miles from downtown Bennington, minutes from the New York and Massachusetts borders, and within 90 minutes of 18 ski and snowboard resorts. The historic town of Bennington offers a variety of shopping, restaurants, and entertainment options.

Location & Contact

982 Mansion Drive
Bennington, VT 05201

Phone: 802-447-6300
Fax: 802-681-2868

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Entrepreneurship
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Health/Health-Care Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Medical Radiologic Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Political Science and Government Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


75% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied463
    • Accepted349
    • Acceptance Rate75%
    • Enrolled530
    • Female Applicants270
    • Females Accepted206
    • Female Acceptance Rate76%
    • Male Applicants193
    • Males Accepted143
    • Male Acceptance Rate74%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some Interview
      Deans report and college transcripts for transfer students
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman2.50
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Yes
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 440 390 490
    • SAT Math 450 400 500
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 18 15 21
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$21,721
    • Out-of-state tuition *$21,721
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$275.00
    • Room and board *$10,500.00
    • Room only *$5,000.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students530
    • Male Student Percentage35%
    • Female Student Percentage65%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino4.91%
    • Black or African American7.55%
    • White or Caucasian80.19%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.38%
    • Asian2.08%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • Unknown3.96%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout2.83% representing 4 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students66% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 55%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper No
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups No
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Government Association, Mountaineer Event Board, Japanese Culture and Anime Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Moosecorps
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Not Reported
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported


Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading No No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Golf Yes No No
    • Rugy Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Skiing (cross-country) Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball No No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Golf Yes No No
    • Rugy Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Skiing (cross-country) Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty54
    • Full-time Percentage48%
    • Part-time Percentage52%
    • Female Percentage65%
    • Male Percentage35%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio14:1 or 490 students to 35 faculty




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