Important Information Regarding the Upcoming VSCS Unification
In July of 2023, three prominent Vermont colleges – Castleton University, Northern Vermont University, and Vermont Technical College – will unify under a common accreditation as Vermont State University.
Unification Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Vermont Tech unifying with other VSCS schools?
To ensure we can provide a high-quality education to students and preserving and expanding 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.
What does this mean for Vermont Tech?
Vermont Tech will unify with Northern Vermont University and Castleton University and become part of a larger institution, Vermont State University.
What is the name of the new institution?
The Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees voted on September 29, 2021 to approve Vermont State University as the name for the unified institution. Market research shows that the name Vermont State University will help expand our recruiting into new locations by leveraging the Vermont brand, which holds high value both nationally and internationally.
What institution name should I use on my resume?
Alumni are encouraged to continue using the Vermont Tech name. After July 2023, alumni can use Vermont State University (formerly Vermont Tech), or whatever is most comfortable.
Does Vermont Tech as we know it still exist after a unification?
Vermont Tech remains committed to everything that you have known and loved about the college. We will continue to preserve aspects of our identity and history. Our culture, traditions, and shared experiences will remain, the changes that you will see are to the benefit of our students and largely administrative.
Can I still donate specifically to Vermont Tech?
Yes, please do! You can continue to support Vermont Tech now and beyond by making a restricted gift specifically for our Vermont Tech locations.
How can I best continue to support/help Vermont Tech?
Please continue to share your experiences as former Vermont Tech students and alumni, remain engaged in college activities and news, and philanthropic giving. This is the best way to support Vermont Tech and our students in all of the ways that you are accustomed to.
What does unification mean for alumni?
Vermont State University will present benefits for both current students and our alumni communities as well. Our three institutions are home to a network of thousands of living alumni across the country and around the world. All will be welcome in our new unified university.
Will the unification affect student enrollment?
As you’ve come to expect, we will continue to accurately present Vermont Tech as a first-choice college. We expect to maintain our strong enrollment. Please contact us directly with any concerns or anything you may hear that creates more questions than answers for you.
Will there still be Vermont Tech athletic teams if the schools are one accredited institution?
The VSCS understands the importance of athletics at Vermont Tech and its positive impact on students and enrollment. We anticipate that athletics will remain an important part of our campus community and enrollment strategy.