|1833||Troy Conference of the Methodist Church, recently formed, determined they needed a powerful literary institution close to the center of the Conference.|
|1834||- Decided to install institution in West Poultney, Vermont due to the “deep interest and enthusiasm of the inhabitants, and the good morals of its industrious citizens who carefully observe the Sabbath.” The people there also donated $5,000 for the institution.
- October 25, 1834: The Act of Incorporation was passed by the Vermont General Assembly.
|1836||Troy Conference Academy opened; Rev. S. Stocking was principal. Back then, academies were a combination grammar and high school. Advanced subjects taught then are what now are college level courses.|
|1844||The first graduate of Troy Conference Academy received a diploma.|
|1846||Troy Conference Academy was permitted by the Vermont Legislature to give baccalaureate degrees to women.|
|1863||The Civil War was underway. Former teacher and principal at TCA John Newman, supported by W. Y. Ripley of Rutland, bought Troy Conference Academy and changed it to Ripley Female College.|
|1866||Four women received baccalaureate degrees from Ripley Female College.|
|1874||Troy Conference of the Methodist Church bought the school again and changed it back to Troy Conference Academy.|
|1908||A fire burned down the Academy in April. Principal of the Academy Dr. Dunton started raising money and the building started to be rebuilt.|
|1931||Principal Jesse Bogue proposed to the Trustees of the Academy that they add two years of college work to the school.|
|1932||- Troy Conference Academy and Green Mountain Junior College were two separate schools that shared dorms, classrooms and faculty. Poultney High School was also located here.
- First person graduated from Green Mountain.
|1933||Green Mountain Junior College graduated its first two-year class.|
|1936||Last class of Troy Conference Academy graduated. Green Mountain Junior College ran as a two-year coed school.|
|1943||Final male and female class graduated from Green Mountain Junior College. It then ran as a female-only two-year college.|
|1957||Green Mountain Junior College removed “Junior” from its name. This marked the start of a more than ten-year period of development, construction and improvement.|
|1970||The school and the church agreed to do away with the school’s Methodist affiliation.|
|1975||The curriculum was expanded to include four-year bachelor degree programs and Green Mountain College was changed back to a school for both men and women.|
|1989||Green Mountain College did away with all two-year associate programs.|
|1994||After serving for 17 years as Green Mountain College president, James M. Pollock retired.|
|1995||In September, Green Mountain College instated Thomas L. Benson as its president. In this year, environmental liberal arts became the focus of the College.|
|1996||Green Mountain College once again became affiliated with The United Methodist Church.|
|2001||“As a four-year, coeducational residential institution, Green Mountain College takes the social and natural environment as the unifying theme underlying the academic and co-curricular experience of the campus. Through a broad range of liberal arts and career-focused majors and a vigorous, service-oriented student affairs program, the College fosters the ideals of environmental responsibility, public service, international understanding, and lifelong intellectual, physical, and spiritual adventure” was installed as Green Mountain College’s mission statement.|
|2002||Dedication of the 85-acre Deane Nature Preserve took place.|
|2002||Thomas L. Benson stepped down after serving as Green Mountain College president for eight years; in August, John F. (Jack) Brennan became the new president.|
|2006||Green Mountain College started to offer online graduate masters programs that lead to the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Masters of Science in Environmental Studies (MSES) degrees.|
|2007||Green Mountain College was awarded a sustainability award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).|
|2008||John F. (Jack) Brennan retired after six years as president of Green Mountain College; Paul J. Fonteyn became the new president.|
|2010-2011||Green Mountain College selected as nation’s greenest college by Sierra Magazine.|
|2011||Green Mountain College launched a Master’s of Science in Sustainable Food Systems program.|