Our Academic Philosophy

For more than 225 years, Castleton has been helping students to realize their dreams through an educational approach that focuses on connecting with them as people inside and outside the classroom.

Over generations, the tools of our teaching have changed considerably, but the heart of what we do has remained constant. The relationships that our faculty builds with their students take a Castleton education far beyond the goal of merely imparting knowledge and preparing people for jobs. Our faculty are indeed experts in their respective fields, but they seek to produce graduates who will aspire to more than a successful career. In partnership with Castleton’s academic, student life, and athletic staff, they aim to graduate leaders who will make an impact for good on both their local community and the larger world. At Castleton, you will be challenged intellectually by an academic program that expects the best of your effort and energy. You will also become part of a close college community where people care about each other. According to President Dave Wolk, Castleton's students can make a difference in the College before they go out to make a difference in the world.