Burlington College guides students to become skillful and reflective practitioners, lifelong learners, and active citizens engaged in fostering a just, humane society and sustainable, beautiful communities.
An independent, progressive, liberal arts institution, Burlington College honors the individuality of each student and emphasizes the dynamic relationship between education and experience. Founded in 1972 as the Vermont Institute of Community Involvement, the College has from its origin focused on integrating learning, personal development, and community engagement.
We are committed to an interdisciplinary curriculum, small classes, an emphasis on dialog, learning in and from community, and respect for perspectives born of varied socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Students of diverse ages, circumstances, and means, through a combination of academic abilities, life experiences, and character, receive a transformative education.
Our curriculum challenges students to achieve articulate written, oral, and artistic communication skills; practice and hone critical and reflective thinking; encourage and foster creativity; and expand social, historical, and scientific awareness. Students share responsibility with their teachers and academic advisors for planning and pursuing their studies and evaluating their work. We help students acquire knowledge and develop skills that will allow them to build meaningful livelihood. We prepare our students to act guided by social consciousness and self-awareness in the local, national, and global communities where they study, work, and live.