What is Castleton Looking For?
If you are seeking information for fall 2023 forward, please see Vermont State University for information.
Castleton is becoming Vermont State University, Vermont State Castleton! Combining and building upon the history of Castleton University, Northern Vermont University, and Vermont Technical College, Vermont State University will become a single accredited institution on July 1, 2023.
Current information appears on Castleton University pages for students entering in and prior to the 2022-2023 academic year.
Castleton is a vibrant university community and we want you to be excited about the opportunity to be a part of it.
The Office of Admissions will review your application individually and holistically. All application materials submitted will be taken into consideration for acceptance. We also encourage you to contact us, as personalized contact enables us to get to know you and assist you through the process.
If you are interested in pursuing the many opportunities available at Castleton we encourage you to apply. Incoming transfer students provide application, essay, one letter of recommendation, and official transcripts from all prior institutions to be considered for admission.
It is very important that you are prepared to complete the coursework you will face at Castleton and it is with your success in mind that we carefully review your academic foundation.
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is required in order to be considered for admission. Across all programs, incoming students typically have a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale is required in order to be considered for admission to nursing.
Personal Statement/Essay and Letter of Recommendation
These items allow us to gain a greater understanding of your opportunity for success at Castleton. Your essay, a brief personal statement, tells us more about you in your own words. Your letters of recommendation are extremely valuable, as these give us insight to your qualities and characteristics from the perspective of those who know you best.
An official high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores are additional requirements if you have earned 18 or less college credits. Below are the aspects of consideration for these.
High School GPA
‘B’ average (85% or 3.0) student on a 4.0 unweighted academic scale.
For high school students with no GPA available, such as proficiency-based or narrative transcript, academic preparation will be evaluated on an individual basis using the high school profile as a guideline.
We prefer that candidates include the following college preparatory courses in their high school programs:
- 4 years of English
- 3 years of math
- 3-4 years of social science
- 2-3 years of laboratory science
- 2 years of a foreign language
Note: Scores are optional for those seeking admission in coming terms, including Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Fall 2022. Scores will be considered in review if submitted.
SAT = 500 in each section (1000 EBRW+M or 1500 CR+M+W)
ACT = 21 Composite.
Tests provide additional information to support your academic profile, yet greater emphasis is placed on your transcript course selection and academic performance. Castleton has no preference in tests taken; all test scores are evaluated, with the best used for review. While ranges are accepted, we prefer applicants have 450+ in each section of the SAT and/or 18+ in each section of the ACT.
When scores are required beyond 2021, Castleton will accept self-reported test scores for admissions review purposes, yet official scores are required for enrollment.