University of Vermont

351–400 th
World University Rankings 2019
=306 th
US Rankings 2019
85 South Prospect Street, Burlington, Vermont, 05405, United States

The University of Vermont (UVM) is a public research university in the city of Burlington, to the northwest of the state. The city itself is the most populous in Vermont, hosting cultural events such as dragon boat racing and the South End Art Hop, and in 2015 became the first city in the United States to run entirely on renewable energy. There are ten academic colleges at UVM, offering a wide range of studies in liberal arts, life scenes, engineering, and pre-professional degrees. The largest medical complex in Vermont, the UVM Medical Centre, has a main facility on campus affiliated with the College of Medicine. The university also provides 50 master’s programmes and more than twenty doctorate courses.

The UVM Department of Theatre was ranked eighth in ‘Top BA Theatre Programs in the Country’ by OnStage website, and Tyler Theatre will host four full productions a season. The Vermont Mozart Festival began at UVM in 1976 and still performs on campus and south Burlington, and UVM’s Fleming Museum of Art contains over 25,000 anthropological artefacts.

Athletics teams are known as the Catamounts, and compete in the NCAA Division I. There are seven men’s sports programmes and eight women’s, including Swimming & Diving and Field Hockey. Ice hockey teams play at the Gutterson Fieldhouse, which is named for the university’s first Olympic champion and can host up to 4,000 spectators.

Opened in 1791, UVM is one of the oldest universities in the nation. Four centuries of alumni include novelist Annie Proulx, founder of the New York Times; Henry Jarvis Raymond, hockey player; Martin St. Louis, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams. 

The university motto translates as ‘for studies and other honest pursuits’.

JMU offers an unforgettable university experience, combining the very best of American education and college life. Named after James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, JMU represents the perfect blend of focused learning and true university spirit.

James Madison University is delighted to welcome international students and is committed to making them feel at home.

First-class education

You will share a close relationship with the faculty (teaching staff), and the curriculum is innovative and lively. Students have a high level of involvement in the classroom, the lab and activities around and off campus.

The Service Learning Program is nationally known for providing the opportunity to apply classroom learning to real world situations.

JMU by Numbers:

-#2 Public Schools Regional South (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)

-#3 Most Innovative Schools Regional South (U.S. News & World Report, 2017)

-#109 Best Undergraduate Business Programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)

-#38 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs Where Doctorate Not Offered (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)

-Top 5 Best Colleges for Business Majors (CNN Money Magazine, 2016)

-#6 Best Campus Food in the U.S. (Princeton Review, 2016)

-Top 7% Return On Investment in the Nation (PayScale, 2015)

-#6 up-and-coming universities in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report, 2017)

-92% Freshman Retention Rate.

-Top 75 Best Value Public Universities in the U.S.

You can choose from a wide range of degree programs when you study at James Madison University, within its seven colleges:

-College of Arts and Letters: Communications, Media Arts & Design, Anthropology, Economics, Justice Studies, Psychology, International Affairs, Political Science, Public Policy, etc.

-College of Business: Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Hospitality Management, International Business Management, etc.

-College of Health and Behavioral Studies: Athletic Training, Dietetics, Health Sciences, Health Services Administration, Kinesiology, Social Work, etc.

-College of Integrated Science and Engineering: Engineering, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Environmental & Engineering Geology, Geographic Science, etc.

-College of Science and Mathematics: Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, Earth Science, etc.

-College of Visual and Performing Arts: Studio Art, Art History, Theater, Dance, Music, etc.

-College of Education: Elementary Education, Middle Education, Special Education, Art Education, etc.


So many ways to get involved.

JMU students are known for being both academically and socially engaged. If you’re looking for the ultimate American college experience, JMU is the place for you! Our state-of-the-art facilities for sports, arts and entertainment offer a huge range of activities. You’re bound to find something that fits your interests within JMU’s impressive and diverse offering of over 350 student organizations and 40 sports clubs. 

Living Here

Welcome to Harrisonburg. Here you’ll find an authentic American college town with a vibrant international community. What better location is there to study in and call home? JMU has a long history of welcoming students from every continent to the beautiful city of Harrisonburg, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Over 44 different languages are spoken here and every fall Harrisonburg celebrates the city’s rich intercultural diversity with the Annual International Festival. Just two hours southwest of Washington, D.C., Harrisonburg is a lively town with attractions including museums, shopping, skiing, golfing, caverns, farmers’ markets, concerts, movie theaters and restaurants.

Harrisonburg by Numbers:

-2nd Most Instagrammed Place in Virginia (, 2016)

-25th Best Place to Start a Business in Virginia (NerdWallet, 2015)

-15.5% of Harrisonburg’s population were born in another country (United States Census, 2016)

-Top 10 Mountain Bike Towns in the USA (National Geographic, 2015)

Explore rankings data for University of Vermont

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Key statistics

  • $44,367
    Salary after 10 years
  • $11,578
    On-campus Room and Board
  • $40,364
    Out-of-state Tuition and Fees
  • 11,126
    Number of FTE Students
  • 8.7
    No. of students per staff
  • 5%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 56 : 44
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
Based on data collected for the (1) 2019 US Rankings and (2) 2019 World University Rankings