Our Impact

Economic Impact

  • Our total economic impact in northern Vermont is conservatively estimated at $113 million annually.
  • The University helps Vermont students stay in Vermont and attracts out-of-state students that often choose to stay in Vermont after graduation or come back to visit with their tourist dollars.
  • In addition to our enrolled students, the University attracts 18,000 people to our region annually.
  • We employ on average 700 Vermonters, including staff, faculty (full and part-time), and student workers in good-paying jobs.

Educational Impact

Without this annual $25 million investment, northern Vermont will no longer have a residential higher education institution available for Vermonters. This will result in thousands of Vermonters not pursuing a college degree.

  • We provide vital access for Vermonters pursuing higher education.
  • Nearly 50% of our students are first in their family to attend college.
  • 70% of our students are Vermonters and 76% of NVU Online students are in-state.

Student and Alumni Stories

Jason Shafer

Monique Priestley ’08

Monique uses all the skills she gained at NVU in her latest venture, The Space On Main, a Bradford, Vt, coworking nonprofit she founded in 2016, where she is executive director. The Space provides office amenities for makers and entrepreneurs in various fields and hosts community events.

Read Monique’s Story

Jason Shafer

Andrew Neddo ’16

The skills Andrew gained at NVU have helped him as his family has expanded their farming operation with a vineyard and winery, a step they took because of challenges with the dairy industry in Vermont and around the country.

Read Andrew’s Story

Jason Shafer

Alli Lewis ’13, ’17

While working full-time, Alli took all of her Wellness and Alternative Medicine classes remotely through NVU Online. With faculty approval, she did an apprenticeship in shamanic and indigenous healing with an off-campus teacher.

Read Alli’s Story