There are 21 currently operating colleges and universities based in the U.S. state of Vermont. This figure includes one research university, six master's universities, an art school, a culinary school, a law school, and a number of undergraduate associates and baccalaureate colleges. Four institutions chartered in other states offer degree programs at locations in Vermont.
The title of "oldest college in Vermont" is shared by three institutions. Middlebury College was chartered in 1800 and is Vermont's oldest operating college and the first institution to grant an academic degree (1802). Castleton University has its roots in successive institutions dating to 1787. The University of Vermont was chartered in 1791 but did not begin instruction until 1800 or grant a degree until 1804. Vermont's newest college not formed from existing institutions is Landmark College, founded in 1984 to serve students with learning disabilities; it is also the most expensive college in the United States.  The smallest college in the state, with 187 students, is Sterling College, a work college focused on environmental studies. 
All of these schools are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges,  except New England Culinary Institute, which is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology. 
Out-of-state schools offering degree programs in Vermont must be approved by the Vermont State Board of Education, with input from the Vermont Higher Education Council, whose members include all the colleges and universities in Vermont.   Several such programs are in operation:
- Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers a Doctor of Pharmacy program in Colchester. 
- Southern New Hampshire University offers graduate programs at a center in Colchester. 
- Springfield College School of Human Services offers a degree program in St. Johnsbury. 
- Union Institute & University in Ohio has a facility in Brattleboro. 
Two institutions are authorized by the state to offer degrees, but have not been recognized by an accrediting body:
- The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction offers a Masters of Fine Arts program.
- Northeastern Baptist College in Bennington offers bachelor's degrees. 
|Burlington College||Burlington||Private||Baccalaureate college||1972||2016|||
|Castleton Medical College||Castleton||Private||Medical school||1818||1862|||
|Johnson State College||Johnson||Public||Baccalaureate college||1828||2018|||
|Lyndon State College||Lyndonville||Public||Baccalaureate college||1911||2018|||
|Mark Hopkins College||Brattleboro||Private||Uncategorized||1964||1978|||
|Royalton College||South Royalton||Private||Uncategorized||1966||?|||
|Trinity College of Vermont||Burlington||Private
|Vermont Medical College||Woodstock||Private||Medical school||1827||1856|||
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