From the School

What matters?

At Saint Michael's College, we believe that a college education should prepare students not only for a meaningful career, but for a meaningful life. That's why our students start by building a strong liberal studies foundation, then dive deep into their majors. By the time they graduate, they've developed essential skills and knowledge that will help ensure successful in any field. And in the meantime, they've also been engaged in service (through our popular MOVE program), in the great outdoors (with our pioneering Wilderness Program and Smuggs' Ski Pass), and with the close campus community in meaningful ways that educate the body, mind and spirit. And happiness matters. At Saint Michael's, you'll find bright, engaged, friendly, happy students and faculty. Our formula for happiness is our close campus community, our perspective-changing exploration of the liberal arts with experiential learning, our legacy of faith and service, and our stunning Vermont location.

All this happiness and engagement underscores Saint Michael's successes: We are among only ten percent of colleges and universities nationwide that host a prestigious Phi Beta Kappa chapter on campus. Our recent graduates are Rhodes Scholars, Pickering Fellows, medical students, law students, dental students, researchers, pharmacists, new media specialists, sports writers, entrepreneurs, and more. Alumni include a United States Senator, one of the founders of MTV, published authors, acclaimed scientists, investment bankers, psychologists, teachers, professors and scholars. No matter what career paths they choose, our alumni take with them a solid liberal arts foundation, a strong sense of self and a desire to give back to their communities.

Students at Saint Michael's are seriously involved with life on campus, taking on leadership roles, rallying support for worthy causes and generally making things happen. Because everyone lives on campus (student housing is guaranteed for all four years), there's a profound sense of community, and you'll always find someone ready for whatever adventures you have in mind, from taking on a research project to rock climbing. Over one third of St. Mike's students study abroad for a semester, an academic year or a summer.

Overview

Applicants
4,299
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average HS GPA
3.40

GPA Breakdown

27%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
530 - 640
SAT Math
520 - 610
ACT Composite
24 - 28

Deadlines


Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Overall

From The School

Saint Michael's prepares its students for life after college with a dynamic liberal arts curriculum designed to foster intellectual curiosity and exploration, including a highly competitive honors program and many opportunities for self-directed study. Our curriculum emphasizes a solid understanding of building blocks of a meaningful life as a well-rounded, thoughtful person: humanities, social sciences, religious studies, philosophy, natural sciences, mathematics and fine arts. Our students develop excellent communication skills through writing intensive courses, and foreign language requirements. And our curriculum pays serious attention to questions of ethics and responsible citizenship.

The Saint Michael's academic year is two semesters and a summer session. The College's focus is on undergraduate instruction, and our small classes support this primary emphasis. Saint Michael's has a strong faculty-student research tradition and provides competitive opportunities for research for academic credit and with faculty during the academic year and over the summer.

Nowhere is Saint Michael's mission more evident than in our service-learning opportunities. Service-learning at Saint Michael's is a credit-bearing, educational experience in which students in an academic course participate in a thoughtfully organized service activity that meets identified community needs. Students reflect on the service activities in ways that develop further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline and an enhances sense of civic responsibility.

Students Say

Tucked away in “the heart of Vermont ski country,” Saint Michael’s College offers a “close-knit and familial atmosphere” where everyone “will always value and support you.” “Small classes” help to ensure that “you are not just another number in a lecture hall.” Indeed, the college “really wants to help its students realize their full potential.” Many tout the “strong academics” and highlight the education, biology, and religion departments in particular. Classes are often “discussion-based” and “require a conscientious student who will actively participate in discussion.” Moreover, undergrads here speak effusively about their professors. As one English and theater double-major shares, “the professors strongly encourage you to visit them during office hours and are always working hard to engage students and keep them interested in learning. It is clear that the majority of the professors at St. Mike’s care about what they are teaching and seem genuinely interested in the subject matter.” A history major succinctly adds, “Whether you like it or not, your professor will know your name.” Another satisfied undergrad concludes that the professors “bring real life experience to the material, apply it to current events and to our lives, and are always available to talk about a paper, grade, or class in general. I’ve been able to push the limits of my mind and branch out during classes, exploring [in ways] that traditional textbook approaches don’t [afford].”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
252
with Terminal Degree
146

127
Men
125
Women
17
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
92%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


The Honorable Patrick Leahy '61
United States Senator from Vermont since 1974.

Tom Freston '67
Co-Founder of MTV and former President and CEO: Viacom.

Dr. Frederick Burkle Jr.,'61
Renowned expert-disaster relief medicine, faculty mbr Harvard,Johns Hopkins

General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. '77
36th Commandant US Marine Corps, Fmr Commandr US/NATO forces in Afghanistan

Kathleen O'Leary Esq.'75
President, Columbia Gas of Virginia/NISOURCE

Tom Bowman'77
National Public Radio reporter covering the Pentagon

Loung Ung '93
Author: First They Killed My Father, Lucky Child, and Lulu in the Sky

Overview

From The School

Tuition and residence fees for the 2015-2016 academic year are $51,175. The residence fee includes housing and meals and is based on a standard double room and a standard meal plan. One hundred percent of students live on campus, and on-campus housing for all four years is both guaranteed and required. Housing options include traditional residence halls, apartment-style housing, theme housing, and suites.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
83
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,557

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,999

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,334

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$36,967

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
74%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$22,727

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$39,050
Required Fees
$325
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,280

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$450

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

From The School

Saint Michael's College operates on the principle that the students who get the most out of college are the students who give the most. Because all undergraduates live on campus, students have unlimited opportunity to stretch their boundaries and explore new frontiers through activities as diverse as an award-winning on-line student magazine, a weekly student newspaper, 21 intercollegiate sports, numerous club and intramural teams, student government, volunteer services, the Martin Luther King Jr. Society, Edmundite Campus Ministry activities, the Fire and Rescue Squad, and our groundbreaking Wilderness Program that certifies leaders in survival skills and introduces novices to hiking, climbing, skiing or kayaking outings.

In an agreement thought to be the only one of its kind in the nation, every Saint Michael's student in good academic standing receives a pass to Smugglers' Notch ski area for a minimal activation fee. Smuggs' is only a 45-minute drive from campus. Similarly, all students can purchase for $30, a Flynn Center/Saint Michael's Cultural Pass. The Flynn Center, located in the heart of downtown Burlington, is a nationally renowned performing arts venue offering the best in jazz, hip hop, world music, dance, American roots music, Broadway tours and more. The Cultural Pass gives Saint Michael's students FREE access to Flynn regular season events many of which cost upwards of $60 apiece.

Students Say

At first glance, the typical St. Mike’s student appears to be a “white, middleclass New Englander” who quickly dons “North Faces and UGGs during the cold Vermont winters.” However, once you look past the surface you’ll find a vibrant undergrad community where “everyone is unique and different” and even “a little quirky.” Though the college is Catholic, undergrads assure us that “there are students of other [faiths and students] who do not practice [a] religion and they are not treated any differently.” Undergrads define their peers as “intelligent, outgoing, and active” and quickly assert that “they’re friendly and open to new perspectives and new types of people.” Indeed, it’s even commonplace to “hold doors open for people who are ridiculously far away.” Many students are active in “social justice movements, green movements, [and] community service” and also frequently participate in “the school’s wilderness program.” And don’t be fooled: While the average St. Mike’s undergrad is “laid-back,” students here are “committed to their studies” and “focused on getting all they can out of their college experience.” As this math and econ double-major sums up, “Every student here is passionate about something, and it shows in their education and in their actions.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,123
Out of State
81%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
46

Demographics

54% female
46% male
81% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview

From The School

Saint Michael's beautiful, safe 440-acre campus is just three miles from Burlington, which Travel + Leisure ranks number 13 in America's best college towns. Burlington is Vermont' biggest city, and home to 14,000 students who attend five local colleges and universities. Downtown Burlington is a thriving city center of businesses that offer great opportunities for hands-on learning through internships. There are tons of shops, restaurants, and cafes, the Church Street Marketplace and a lively local music scene as well as tons of places to ski, skate, kayak and bike. Our Smuggs' Pass gives students access to some of the best skiing in the East, and our renowned Wilderness Program offers dozens of outdoor adventure opportunities. Our Cultural Pass provides students with significantly reduced ticket prices to fine arts performances at Burlington's famous Flynn Center.

The Burlington International Airport, Amtrak station, Megabus stop, and the Greyhound bus station are all only a 10-minute drive from the campus.

Students Say

Though undergrads at St. Mike’s take their academics seriously, they also love to take advantage of life beyond the library. While “partying is popular at Saint Mike’s” it’s certainly “not a requirement.” Fortunately, “the college is great at providing alternative activities on weekends for those who choose to abstain.” Indeed, “whether it’s a benefit concert, a dance, or a pie-eating contest organized by residential life,” one content student promises us that “there is always something to do on campus.” A psych major adds to the list, exclaiming, “There are always socials to [attend], bowling, athletic events, concerts, plays, [and] guest speakers.” Volunteering is also extremely popular. When students are itching to get off campus, they frequently head to nearby Burlington. “Church Street is crowded with unique shops, fantastic restaurants, and interesting people.” Many also love to take advantage of Vermont’s outdoor recreational options and the school counts many avid skiers, snowboarders, and hikers among it ranks. In fact, “Saint Michael’s provides amazing ski pass deals and transportation to amazing ski resorts in the area.” All these options help ensure that life at St. Mike’s is “never boring.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
95%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
97
First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
74

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
50
Number of Honor Societies
11

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
1

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

38% participate in intramural sports
19% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Purple Knights)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Women's Sports (Purple Knights)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: At the Saint Michael's website look for the organization "Common Ground" at the following URL: http://www.smcvt.edu/clubs/

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Vermont
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Norwich University

Sustainability

Saint Michael’s College prides itself on a strong sense of community that informs its collaborative approach to greening the campus. The Office of Sustainability in collaboration with students, faculty and staff has facilitated sustainability efforts on campus which run the gamut, covering everything from recycling programs and a lecture series to free local transportation options for students and staff. The College’s “Three Degree Challenge” promotes energy efficiency in existing buildings on campus by turning down thermostats. A campus-wide, single-stream recycling program and an on-site composting facility are helping Saint Michael’s get closer to becoming a zero-waste institution. Low-flow plumbing became the standard at the college fifteen years ago, and now all campus showerheads and sink aerators are optimized for water conservation. The College’s Organic Garden program offers students hands on experience with growing healthy food and offers summer workshops for faculty and staff. Opportunities for sustainable research are available through collaborative efforts like the Lake Champlain Research Consortium and through the college’s own sustainability office as well as through the new environmental studies major. The new Dion Family Student Center and Residence Hall utilizes geothermal energy, has a new interactive educational Energy Dashboard and was built with many energy efficiency technologies. The student environmental club, Green Up, led a successful campaign to ban the sales of bottled water on campus, organizes the popular Earth Week events and runs many other educational programs on campus. The fleet of college owned vehicles now includes five hybrids, and the College offers all students and staff free CCTA bus commuter passes in order to reduce the number of cars, and therefore carbon emissions, on campus. Additionally, two solar-powered electric vehicle charge stations are located on campus.

Green Rating
94
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
No

% food budget spent on local/organic food
55%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
99

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
84

Average Number of PC's per Lab
14

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Student Laptop Program managed by vendor partner (includes Dell and Apple laptop options)

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Michael Stefanowicz
Assistant Director of Admission

Address
Office of Admission
One Winooski Park, Box 7
Colchester, VT 05439

Phone
802-654-3000

Email
admission@smcvt.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Dion Family Student Center
McCarthy Arts Center
Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel
Vincent C. Ross Sports Center
Tarrant Student Recreational Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Church Street Marketplace, Burlington
Lake Champlain Waterfront, Burlington
Echo Lake Acquarium & Sci Ctr Burlington
Shelburne Museum, Shelburne
Vermont Teddy Bear, Shelburne
We are within an hour's drive of Smugglers' Notch, Sugarbush, Stowe, Bolton Valley and Mad River ski areas. Lake Champlain is minutes away and Montreal, Quebec is about 90 minutes north of Burlington.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST
802-654-3000

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: See Saint Michael's College Website
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
http://www.smcvt.edu/Admissions/Schedule-A-Visit.aspx

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@smcvt.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Overnights only available to admitted students during specific programs.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
It's easy to get to Saint Michael's. The Burlington International Airport (BTV) in South Burlington and Amtrak station in Essex Junction are both 10-minute drives from campus. The Greyhound Bus station is located in the Burlington International Airport. MegaBus also provides service to Downtown Burlington. Taxi service is available throughout the area. Current airlines servicing Burlington International Airport include JetBlue, United, US Airways, AirTran, Northwest, Delta and Continental. Direct flights are available from cities including Chicago, Cincinnati, Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Newark, Detroit, Washington D.C. and Pittsburgh.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Boston Area: Take Interstate 93 or Route 3 and 93 north to Interstate 89 (Concord, NH). Follow I-89 to Vermont Exit 15 (Winooski). From Worcester Area: Take Interstate 290 east to Interstate 495 north to Route 3 and 93 north (Nashua), to Interstate 89 (Concord) to Exit 15 (Winooski). From Hartford/Springfield Area: Take Interstate 91 north to Interstate 89 north (White River Junction area) Follow I-89 north to Exit 15 (Winooski). From New York City/New Jersey: N.Y. State Thruway (87) north to Exit 20, Route 149 east to Fort Ann, follow Route 4, north to Fairhaven, VT to Route 22A, north, to Route 7, north (Vergennes) to route 189 , east to Interstate 89, north to Exit 15 (Winooski). From Albany area: Follow directions from Adirondack Northway (87) north, listed under From New York City/New Jersey above. From Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse: Most direct: N.Y. State Thruway 90 east to Route 8, east (Utica) to Route 9N, north to Ticonderoga. Cross Bridge at Crown Point, NY to Route 17 north to Route 22A, north to Route 7 (Vergennes). Follow Route 7, north to Route 189 east to Interstate 89, north to Exit 15 (Winooski). From Exit 15, Interstate 89 (Northbound): Bear right off of exit onto Route 15 east for approximately 2/10s of a mile. The College is on left. Stay in right lane and follow Rte. 15 through two lights. After second light bear right into jug handle and go through intersection to the campus. The Office of Admission is located in the Hoehl Welcome Center on the left, with visitor's parking at the entrance. From Exit 16, Interstate 89 (Southbound): Turn right onto Rte. 7 south. Go to the center of Winooski, turn left on Rte. 15 East. Follow Rte. 15 for approximately 1 mile. The College is on left after the overpass. Stay in right lane and follow Rte. 15 through two lights. After second light bear right into jug handle and go through intersection to the campus. The Office of Admission is located in the Hoehl Welcome Center on the left, with visitor's parking at the entrance.

Local Accommodations
This list includes most local hotels and motels within a short driving distance of our campus: 2014 Preferred Hotel & Athletic Sponsor: Doubletree Hotel Burlington (Exit 14E, Interstate 89, 802-658-0250); Alternate Choice Hotels: Holiday Inn (Exit 14E, Interstate 89, 802-863-6363); The Residence Inn (Exit 12, Interstate 89, 802-878-2001); Days Inn* (Exit 15, Interstate 89, 802-655-0900); The Essex Resort and Spa* (Exit 10, Interstate 289, 70 Essex Way, Essex Jct., 802-878-1100); Additional Accommodations: Best Western Windjammer* (Exit 14E, Interstate 89, 802-863-1125); Comfort Inn & Suites* (Exit 14E, Interstate 89, 802-863-5541); Courtyard Burlington Harbor (Exit 14W, Interstate 89, 25 Cherry Street, Burlington, 802-864-4700); Courtyard by Marriott (Exit 12, Interstate 89, 177 Hurricane Lane, Williston, 802-879-0100); Fairfield Inn* (Exit 12, I-89, 2844 St. George Rd., Williston, 800-228-2800); Green Mountain Suite Hotel* (Exit 14E, Interstate 89, 866-337-1616); Hampton Inn* (Exit 16, Interstate 89, 802-655-6177); Heart of the Village Inn* (Route 7, 5346 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 802-985-2800); Hilton Burlington*, (60 Battery Street, Burlington, 802-658-6500); Holiday Inn Express*, Route 7, 1720 Shelburne Rd., S. Burlington, 802-860-6000); Motel 6* (Exit 16, Interstate 89, 802-654-6860); Quality Inn, (Exit 16, I-89, 802-655-1400); Sampler House Bed and Breakfast* (22 Main Street, Milton, 802-893-2724); Sheraton Burlington* (Exit 14W, Interstate 89, 800-325-3535); Sinclair Inn* (389 Vermont Route 15, Jericho, 802-899-2234); Smart Suites* (Route 7, 1700 Shelburne Road, S. Burlington, 802-860-9900); Super 8 Burlington* (Exit 13, Interstate 89, 802-985-8037); University Inn and Suites* (Exit 14E, Interstate 89, 802-264-4114). *Accommodations offering discounts for Saint Michael's admission visits - Make sure to mention Saint Michael's College to receive the discount. See www.smcvt.edu/hotels for more information.
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Key Stats

4,299
Applicants
2,123
Size
80%
Acceptance Rate
1150
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists