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  • 22 undergraduate residential majors
  • 27 undergraduate residential minors
  • Online Master’s programs: Master’s of Business Administration (Sustainable MBA), Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies (MSES), Master’s of Science in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS)
  • Programs offered: Farm and Food Project, Service Learning and Sustainability, Eco-League, Honors Program, Progressive Program, Certificate in Resort Management, REED Certificate Program
  • 820 undergraduates
  • 1 faculty member for every 14 students
  • 45 full-time faculty members, 91% hold their doctoral or other terminal degree
  • NCAA Division III sports


School Timeline

Year Notable Events
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.