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Vermont Technical College will join with Castleton University and Northern Vermont University to become Vermont State University on July 1, 2023.
Learn more about VAST at Vermont State.
Your last year of high school could be your first year of college…tuition free!
If you’re a motivated high school student ready to experience an early college program in a safe and secure setting, consider VAST: The Vermont Academy of Science and Technology. VAST is an independent, accredited high school exclusively for high school seniors. At VAST, students receive a high school diploma and complete a year of college at the same time.
VAST students may attend either the Williston or Randolph Center campus as a commuter student. They also have the option to reside in the first-year student residence hall, on the VAST wing, with another VAST student as a roommate.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Any 11th grade student is eligible to apply to either the Randolph Center main campus or the Williston campus. Students come from all areas of Vermont and from surrounding states as well.
- VAST students are ineligible to select certain majors including Practical Nursing, Radiologic Science and Veterinary Technology due to age and clinical requirements. We are happy to work with VAST students to ensure they take appropriate coursework to prepare them for entry into one of these majors for their second year. Admission is not guaranteed.
- VAST has been approved as a tuition-free program for Vermont students by the Vermont State Legislature since 1988. Students are expected to cover the cost of books and any applicable fees.
- Students who stay at Vermont Tech beyond their VAST year are automatically awarded the “VAST-forward Scholarship” of $2,000 a year for up to three years.
During the VAST Year:
- Every VAST student takes a minimum of 15 Vermont Tech credits each semester
- VAST students may major in many of Vermont Tech’s associate or bachelor’s degree programs. At the end of VAST, students automatically become a sophomore at Vermont Tech, having completed their first year of their degree, tuition-free
- Students may enter as an “Undeclared” student who takes an English, math, science and two electives each semester.
- Students may continue to work with their sending school to receive a second high school diploma as well as the highly regarded VAST diploma.
- Completed Vermont State University Application or Common Application
- $45 application fee
- Official high school transcript (or equivalent) with first semester junior grades. We look for a successful academic record in math and science and we prefer an overall academic average of at least 85
- Optional PSAT, SAT I, or ACT results.
- Accuplacer scores (college-administered placement test)
- Two letters of recommendation (one letter required from school counselor or principal)
- A separate essay discussing the following:
- Why are you applying to the Academy?
- What are your academic and career goals?
- How do you think attending the Academy will assist you to reach these goals?
- How will you contribute to the Vermont Tech community?
After all of the supporting documents have been received, your application will be reviewed. All admitted applicants will be required to attend a VAST information session with a parent or guardian.
Students who excel in the VAST program typically:
- Have completed most of the upper-level courses offered at their high school
- Are ready to move ahead with their life path and are emotionally mature enough to start college a year early
- Have been home-schooled and want to obtain a high school diploma while earning 30+ college credits
- Are looking for a program that includes a peer group that is as passionate about learning as they are
- Are academically curious and enjoy a challenge
- Have a passion for math and science
Grow exponentially: Apply now.
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