About Castleton

Since Castleton first opened its doors in 1787, it has been dedicated to providing a quality level of higher education to those eager to learn.

Fueling Our Future

We recently introduced the installation of the newest energy efficient projects on campus, a ground mounted solar array and dual-vehicle electric fueling station.

Today, the College stands on a foundation of over two hundred years of tradition, providing this same high quality liberal arts education. 

Castleton is small enough to be a community where individuals matter, yet large enough to offer a diverse and challenging curriculum. Students have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in small class sizes among our highly qualified faculty who are strongly encouraged to develop their teaching skills and research interests.

These ingredients are combined with a diverse composition of local, out-of-state and growing international student population that provide for various and extended learning opportunities for all.

According to Castleton President Dave Wolk, not only does Castleton influence its students, but the students also have the ability and often do impact Castleton.

“Come to our campus, and you will learn that you, too can make a difference in your college as you prepare to make a difference in the world,” Wolk said.

Academics

88

Students made the President's List in spring '14

General

1st

Vermont's first college

Student Life

40+

Clubs & Organizations, with new ones forming all the time!

Academics

479

Students made the Dean's List in spring '14

Athletics

236

All-Academic Honors since 2010

General

165

acres on campus

Athletics

12

All-Region Honors in '13-'14

Academics

30+

majors

Student Life

1100

students can live on campus

General

2

micro-wind turbines generating power on campus

Athletics

69

All-Conference Honors in '13-'14

Athletics

27

Conference Titles since 2010

Student Life

39

students serve as Community Advisors in the residence halls

Athletics

50

All-Region Honors since 2010

Student Life

19

The number of countries represented by our students.

General

200

part-time students.

General

1900

full-time students

Athletics

5

All-American Honors in '13-'14

Student Life

26

students serve on the Student Government by being Delegates, serving on the Executive Board, the Campus Activities Board, and the College Court.

Athletics

18

All-American Honors since 2010

General

208,454

volumes in the Castleton library

Athletics

450+

Student-Athletes

Academics

$538,823

The amount received by the Natural Sciences Department from external agencies through grant writing over the past three years.

Athletics

20

varsity sports

Academics

14:1

student to faculty ratio

Athletics

391

All-Conference Honors since 2010

Athletics

4

Conference Titles in '13-'14

Academics

96%

of faculty hold terminal degrees

General

18th

oldest institution of higher education in the US

General

1787

the year Castleton was founded

General

2

LEED Gold certified buildings on campus

Academics

94

full-time faculty

Athletics

66

All-Academic Honors in '13-'14

General

2

electric vehicle-charging stations on campus

Student Life

39

students are Student Orientation Staff

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History of Castleton

Interactive Timeline
1761

Town of Castleton Chartered

New Hampshire Governor Benning Wentworth chartered the town of Castleton.

1770

First families of settlers moved into Castleton.

Noah Lee and Amos Bird are usually given credit as the town's founders.

1777

The Revolutionary War Battle of Hubbardton was fought seven miles north of Castleton.

1787

Castleton traces its history to the Rutland County Grammar School, chartered by the General Assembly in 1787.

1791

Vermont joins the Union as the 14th state.

1818

Castleton Medical College founded

The school conferred some 1400 medical degrees until it closed in 1862.

1823

In 1823 instruction in “the solid branches of female education” began

By the Civil War, the majority of the students attending Castleton were young women.

1861

Professor and artist James Hope was the first man in Castleton to volunteer for Civil War duty.

When asked to make a speech, Captain Hope replied, "I cannot speak, but I can fight!"

1862

Harriet Haskell became Castleton's first woman principal.

She was 27 years old at the time.

1867

Castleton Normal School was founded

A "Normal School" is a teacher training school.

1881

Captain Abel E. Leavenworth purchased Castleton Normal School.

He and son Philip Leavenworth guided Castleton until 1911.

1924

The Old School was destroyed by fire.

Principal Caroline Woodruff battled to save the institution. Quoting the Bible, she promised, "And the glory of the latter house shall be greater than that of the former."

1948

Men's basketball began

1951

The student newspaper, The Spartan, published its first issue.

1962

Castleton Teachers College became Castleton State College.

Richard Dundas was president.

1963

The men's soccer team, coached by Dick Terry, won nine straight games

and they became NAIA national co-champions.

1965

Huden Dining Hall, Haskell Hall, and Adams Hall opened.

1971

On December 15 the original Leavenworth Hall was destroyed by fire.

Today's Leavenworth was built on the site.

1981

The Student Orientation Staff was founded.

Since then, more than 800 SOS members have welcomed new students to campus, helped them to succeed, and served as a bridge from one class to the next.

1985

Soundings, a course that exposes freshmen to the liberal arts, was founded.

2002

President Dave Wolk was formally inaugurated as Castleton's 20th President.

He said, "First and foremost, and very simply, we must remain a small college with a big heart."

2005

The Green Campus Initiative began in the fall of 2005.

The effort has since grown into a focus on sustainability.

2008

Castleton's football team takes the field for the first time.

2009

Castleton purchases the ice hockey rink in Rutland and renames it Spartan Arena.

2012

The 162-bed Hoff Hall, a new facilities barn, and the Castleton Pavilion are completed.

The Pavilion is the largest venue of its kind in the state.

2013

New tennis courts and the renovation and expansion of Huden Dining Hall are completed.

2014

Castleton unveils their new website.

The new website design offers easier navigation of the site, a more efficient way to stay on top of Castleton news, and showcases our small college with a big heart.