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About SVC

Located on a mountainside campus overlooking the Green Mountains, Southern Vermont College aspires to be a model of an enlightened educational community: diverse, supportive, environmentally respectful, and socially responsible.

SVC Mission Statement

Southern Vermont College affirms a deep belief in the potential of every individual. We embrace diversity in all its forms, fostering excellence and personal responsibility in each member of our community. Grounded in the liberal arts, our programs prepare students to look beyond boundaries, to engage their communities, and to excel in their professional endeavors.

SVC Ranked 25th Best Regional College in the North by U.S. News & World Report

Southern Vermont College has been ranked the 25th best regional college in the north. The report was announced by the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges for 2019. Read more

Looking Back

Southern Vermont College has its roots in Saint Joseph College which was established in downtown Bennington by the Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1926. In 1974, the Sisters of Saint Joseph turned the College over to an independent board of trustees and the College moved to its current location on the Everett Estate.

Private & Independent

In 1974, the name of the college was changed to Southern Vermont College and it became a private, independent college no longer having a religious affiliation.

Our Origins

In 1910, Edward Everett bought 500 acres of farmland from the John S. Holden Estate. Everett constructed a mansion on the property which would later become Southern Vermont College.

Situated in a beautiful mountainside setting just 1.5 miles from downtown Bennington, SVC sits on 400 acres of rolling meadows, wooded hills, and shady mountain forests.

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