A view of the shoreline of Burlington, Vermont

Burlington

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Burlington

Students represent a quarter of the total population in this thriving college town. It's one of America’s “smallest big cities,” with a lot going on, and always something new to see. It’s also breathtakingly beautiful, and one of the most environmentally progressive cities in the nation. It was the first city to source 100% of its residential energy from renewable sources.

Burlington is also an innovation hub with growing industries, artisanal producers, and plenty of jobs. Home to global companies like Burton Snowboards and Ben & Jerry's, and local businesses like Lake Champlain Chocolates, Dealer.com and Seventh Generation.

  • Named America's Capital of Education by Urbanful.

  • Named #1 Best College Town by Travel & Leisure.

  • Ranked #7 on Outside Magazine’s 16 Greatest Places to Live in America.

  • Named the next Gig City by US Ignite.

  • Named “One of the 10 Great Places for Campus Culture” by USA Today Travel Guide.


Students walking by the waterfront of Burlington, Vermont on a sunny day.
Students watching the sunset at Oakledge Park in Burlington, Vermont
Church Street in the evening lit by string lights with a church visible at its end
Students riding a ski lift covered in a fresh coat of snow
Students walking along the Burlington Bike Path, with Lake Champlain on both sides
Three students with arms around each other standing near the railing of a boat on Lake Champlain.
Students at the Burlington Famers Market
Three students pose in front of Burton's flagship store with "Welcome to Burlington" written on the window.
Two students stand on Church Street with holiday lights behind them.

Discover Burlington

To explore downtown, just head down the hill toward the water—it's just a five-minute walk from campus. The epicenter of Burlington is the legendary Church Street Marketplace. You'll know you're there when you hit the cobblestones. Wander around for a while: explore our unique stores, tea and coffee shops, and boutiques. Enjoy street performers, or have a great meal in any one of the restaurants featuring local ingredients and outdoor dining.

Then, head for the lake. You'll find the waterfront and community park graced with pristine shoreline as far as the eye can see and a magnificent boardwalk, built for strolling, biking, running, even snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. Watch a beautiful sunset over the Adirondack Mountain range. The waterfront is home to the city's largest festival site, where a number of major concerts and events take place throughout the year.

And to top it off, world-class skiing, snowboarding, hiking and mountain biking are within an hour's drive.