Northern Vermont University–Johnson was founded in 1828 as an elementary and secondary school and was chartered as Johnson Academy four years later. In 1866 the State of Vermont designated Johnson Academy as a “Normal School”—an institution exclusively for teacher training.

Over the next eight decades, the Johnson Normal School offered one-, two-, and three-year teacher-training programs. The school became Johnson Teachers College in 1947, when the state approved a four-year teaching program.

In 1962 the institution was renamed Johnson State College, signaling a change in mission from a single-purpose teacher-training college to a college that teaches the liberal arts and prepares students for a range of professions. On July 1, 2018, we officially unify with Lyndon State College to become Northern Vermont University, a two-campus institution of higher education. 

Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Honors & Affiliations: 

  • Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC)
  • LGBTQ Friendly Campus
  • Military Friendly School
  • Top Ten Affordable Small College
  • Lamoille County Planning Commission Honoree for Community Service

Location: Situated near Stowe in the heart of the Green Mountains, the NVU Johnson campus is one hour from Burlington (Vermont’s largest city), 3.5 hours from Boston, and 1.5 hours from Montreal.

Campus size: 14 buildings on 350 acres

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Fine Arts

Faculty: 45 full-time, 92 part-time

Full-time faculty with terminal degrees in their fields: 84%

Total Students: 1,514 (899 full-time undergraduate, 434 part-time undergraduate, 181 graduate students)

Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

Average Class Size: 17

In-State/Out-Of-State: 80% / 20%

Male/Female Students: 46% / 54%

First-In-Family Students: 51%

Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 72%

Library Access:

  • Holdings—166,002 volumes (books, microform/microfilm, etc.)
  • E-books—184,992
  • Print Journals—81
  • E-Journals—110,000 titles

Admissions: Rolling Admissions

Application Dates: Recommended March 1 (fall) / December 1 (spring)

Priority Filing for Financial Aid: March 1 (fall) / November 1 (spring)


  • Four associate’s majors
  • 27 bachelor’s majors
  • Three master’s majors

Athletic Affiliations:

  • NCAA Division III
  • North Atlantic Conference
  • North Eastern Athletic Conference

Varsity Sports:

Men's Women's
  • basketball
  • cross country
  • golf
  • lacrosse
  • soccer
  • tennis
  • track and field
  • volleyball
  • basketball
  • cross country
  • soccer
  • softball
  • tennis
  • track and field
  • triathlon 
  • volleyball

Extracurricular: 20+ student clubs, extensive community service opportunities, and student-leadership programs

Undergraduate Expenses: View current costs for tuition, fees, room and board here.