First-Year Student Frequently Asked Questions


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?

Soundings, or "Introduction to the Liberal Arts," consists of two one credit courses that are required of all new students. Students must attend six events each semester. The events offered are a variety of lectures, debates, films, and performances. 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.