How large is Castleton; how many students are enrolled?
There are approximately 1900 undergraduate full time students and 200 part-time undergraduate students. Because of Castleton's size and type of student body, you can get involved, get to know your professors and become part of the Castleton community right away.
How accessible are the faculty?
Castleton students rave about their professors. Professors' offices are often located near the classrooms they teach in and many departments have student computer lounges nearby too. So you will know your professors and they will know you!
What is it like to live on campus?
With ten residence halls living life on campus is a very active and fun experience! It is part of our Residence Life mission that where you live and interact with each other is just as important as where; you take classes, so a lot of attention is paid to fostering a vibrant and positive residence life experience for our students living on campus. All first and second year undergraduate students, who do not commute from home, must live in residence halls and use the college meal plan; and many continue to reside on campus. Check out the Residence Hall pictures.
How is the food?
The Sodexo Team at Castleton is committed to creating the best possible dining experience, with huge variety, great food, healthy options and specialty items to meet your dietary needs. Dining facilities on campus include Huden Dining Hall, Fireside Café and Lounge, and The Coffee Cottage.
Can new students have a car on campus?
Yes, all students are allowed to have cars on campus but are required to register them with the Department of Public Safety annually.
What is soundings?
Your Connections Seminar 1 course will also introduce you to Castleton’s Soundings program. You will experience the richness of the liberal arts through lectures, plays, recitals, poetry readings, dance performances, and other campus-sponsored cultural and intellectual activities.
Read more about Soundings and view upcoming events.
Are there enough computers on campus? Will I need one to survive?
There are more than 200 computers (Windows and Macintosh) located across campus. The Stafford Academic Center houses the Academic Computing Center that has extended hours during exam times. If you have your own computer, you can hook up to the internet or wireless in your room. Each residence hall room has two ports for internet access.
What is there to do on weekends?
There are always fun events happening on campus, such as movies, bands, comedians, and theater productions! Whatever the season, Spartan spirit is always high at athletic events! And with more than 40 clubs and organizations at Castleton, there are many ways to get involved that will keep you having fun with your friends. Students also take advantage of the surrounding area. Rutland offers many dining options, movies, nightlife and shopping. Not far beyond Rutland, students enjoy Killington and Okemo mountains and all that the region has to offer.
Why is transformation occurring? How will the unification of Castleton, NVU, and Vermont Tech meet the goal?
To ensure we can provide a high-quality education to students and preserve and expand access to education statewide, we must make a shift. As Vermont State University, we can strengthen our services and our offerings to better serve the students of Vermont and beyond. This will allow us to continue to focus on our strategic priorities of affordability, accessibility, quality, and relevance by creating a singly accredited entity thus reducing redundancy, increasing efficiency, and making us more fiscally sustainable. The model of higher education is changing, and we need to adapt and modernize in order to build a solid foundation for the future.
Will each campus remain open?
Yes. We are currently exploring what the best configuration of the campuses will look like for our students’ experiences. For example, this may be shaped by academic program offerings, co-curricular opportunities, and workforce development needs.
Will my major be offered at the new university?
Most likely. We are currently aligning programs across institutions and campuses and developing ways, using technology, of extending access to a broader selection of programs at each campus location and online. This program array will create stronger, more academically robust programs. Information about the exact program offerings and the plans for in-person courses and alternative options will be released in the near future. Please watch this page for the update.
Will my major be offered at the location I am considering?
Most likely. Most degrees can be pursued from various locations around the state through a combination of face to face, online, and synchronous remote learning modalities. Some academic programs will be location-based due to their unique classroom/laboratory or other special facility needs, for example Flight School and Pilot Training, Atmospheric Sciences, and nursing. Vermont State University will provide more access to more programs and courses to round out the collegiate experience. Some program names may change as we build a more sustainable and accessible array for the new university, but our commitment to high-quality education options for all students remains.
Will the support I need for success continue to be available, such as specified academic support and wellness services?
Yes. We are committed to preserving the high-touch, personalized approach, and close-knit campus communities for which we are known while delivering comprehensive higher education and continuing education for all of our students. Student support services are vital to the success of our community. There will be support services on location for in-person support as well as through remote access. All students, regardless of location, will have access to a wide array of services.