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Lyndon State College is a public
Public university
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 liberal arts
Liberal arts
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 college located at Lyndon Center
Lyndon, Vermont
Lyndon is a town in Caledonia County, Vermont, United States. The population was 5,448 at the 2000 census. Lyndon is the home of Lyndon State College. The town contains one incorporated village, Lyndonville and three unincorporated villages: Lyndon, Lyndon Center, and East Lyndon.Lyndon is the...

 in Lyndon
Lyndon, Vermont
Lyndon is a town in Caledonia County, Vermont, United States. The population was 5,448 at the 2000 census. Lyndon is the home of Lyndon State College. The town contains one incorporated village, Lyndonville and three unincorporated villages: Lyndon, Lyndon Center, and East Lyndon.Lyndon is the...

, Caledonia County
Caledonia County, Vermont
Caledonia County is a county located in the U.S. state of Vermont. As of 2010, the population was 31,227. Its shire town is St. Johnsbury.The county was given the Latin name for Scotland, in honor of the many settlers who claimed ancestry there....

 in the U.S. state
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 of Vermont
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. In addition to a range of Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's degree
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 programs, the college offers a Master's Degree
Master's degree
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 program in Education. Lyndon State College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
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In 1911, the college was founded as a one-year normal school housed in rented space in nearby Lyndon Institute
Lyndon Institute
Lyndon Institute is an independent high school and boarding school located in the village of Lyndon Center, in the town of Lyndon, Vermont. It provides education for grades 9 through 12 for both commuting local students and students resident on campus....

. The term "normal school
Normal school
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" is based on the French école normale supérieure, a school to educate teachers. Consistent with education tradition of the times, the Lyndon Training Course expanded its curriculum in one-year increments, and the first two-year class graduated in 1923. In 1927, Rita Bole became principal of the school. The first three-year class, consisting of nine students, graduated in 1934. In 1944, the state allowed Lyndon to grant four-year degrees so long as it remained a teacher training institution. The first four-year degrees were granted to 18 students in 1944. It was during these years that the Northeast Kingdom began to depend on Lyndon to address the educational needs of its residents.

In 1961, the State Legislature established the Vermont State Colleges
Vermont State Colleges
The Vermont State Colleges is the U.S. state of Vermont's system of public colleges. It functions as a governance organization, and was created by act of the Vermont General Assembly in 1961...

 system, a consortium of Vermont's five public colleges governed by a common board of trustees, chancellor and Council of Presidents
Council of Presidents
The Council of Presidents is the executive leadership body of the Vermont State Colleges , the governance organization for public colleges in the U.S. state of Vermont. The council is composed of a chancellor, the three vice presidents of the VSC, and the presidents of the five member colleges...

 and Lyndon Teachers College became Lyndon State College. This marked the beginning of a period of rapid growth and, in 1964, the campus began to expand. A library, a dormitory, a dining hall, a science wing, a gymnasium, and a theater were built. These additions began meeting the needs of a growing student population that also brought a rapid expansion of the Lyndon curriculum. In the 1970s, new majors were developed in business administration, special education, recreations, meteorology, communications, human services, and physical education. It was also during this decade that the original Vail Manor was deemed unsafe and was replaced with the Theodore N. Vail Center that now houses the Vail Museum and preserves the name that has become an integral part of the Lyndon State tradition.

In 2005, a new residence hall was constructed near Wheelock Hall. The building was named The Rita L. Bole Complex, after the principal of Lyndon Normal School.

In 2009, the Academic and Student Activity Center, a LEED
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
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-certified, or "green" building, was constructed to house Lyndon's Business, Exercise Science and Meteorology majors. It also containes computer labs, classrooms and a student event center.

Bole, who led the school until 1955, encouraged the Vermont State Legislature to establish Lyndon Teachers College, saw the admission of the first male and first out-of-state students during the 1940s, and oversaw the move to the Theodore Newton Vail
Theodore Newton Vail
Theodore Newton Vail was a U.S. telephone industrialist. His philosophy of using closed systems, centralized power, and as much network control as possible, in order to maintain monopoly power, has been called Vailism...

 estate. Vail had been instrumental in the establishment of Lyndon Institute, and Bole recognized his vacant estate as the perfect place to house the growing school. The move to Vail Manor was completed on June 30, 1951, the final day of the school's lease at Lyndon Institute.


Along with the Masters Degree program, the college has 21 Bachelor Degree Programs and 9 Associate Degree Programs. There are also several Licensure Programs in Education and two certificate programs.

Atmospheric Sciences/Meteorology
  • Atmospheric Science (B.S.)
    • American Meteorological Society/Graduate School
    • Broadcasting
    • Climate Change
    • Computer Science
    • Environmental Sciences
    • National Weather Service/Military
    • Private Industry

Business Administration
  • Business Administration (A.S.)
  • Accounting (B.S.)
    • Financial Accounting and Reporting
    • Management Accounting
  • Business Administration (B.S.)
    • Business Administration
    • e-Business
    • Finance and Accounting
  • Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship (B.S.)

Digital and Graphic Arts
  • Graphic Design (A.S.)
  • Graphic Design (B.A.)
    • Graphic Design
    • Illustration
  • Digital Media (A.S.)
  • Digital Media (B.A.)

  • Elementary Education (B.S.)
    • Early Childhood Education1
    • Elementary Education1,2
    • Special Education - Special Educator (K-8)

Electronic Journalism Arts (formerly Television Studies)
  • A.S. Electronic Journalism Arts
  • B.S. Electronic Journalism Arts

English & Philosophy
  • English (B.A.)
    • Literature and Cultural Studies
    • Journalism and Creative Writing
  • Secondary Education (Licensure Program) 2

Exercise Science
  • Exercise Science (B.S.)
    • Secondary Areas:
    • Strength and Conditioning - Health and Fitness
    • Sport Management
    • Sport Medicine: Pre-professional physical therapy 3+3
    • Pre-professional athletic training 4+2
    • Self-Designed Program
    • Physical Education (B.S.)

Fine and Performing Arts
  • Music Business and Industry (B.S.)

General Studies
  • General Studies (A.A.)

Liberal Studies
  • Liberal Studies (B.A.)
  • Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (B.A.)

Mathematics & Computer Science
  • Computing (A.S.)
  • Computer Information Systems/Business (B.S.)
  • Computer Information Systems/Meteorology (B.S.)
  • Mathematics (B.A.)
    • Pure Mathematics
    • Applied Mathematics
  • Secondary Education (Licensure Program) 2

Natural Sciences
  • Environmental Science (B.S.)
  • Natural Science (B.S.)
  • Secondary Education (Licensure Program) 2

  • Psychology (B.A.)
  • Human Services (B.S.)

Recreation Resource & Ski Resort Management
  • Recreation Resource & Ski Resort Management (B.S.)
    • Adventure-Based Program Management
    • Natural Resource GIS Mapping and Planning
    • Ski Resort Management
  • Geographic Information Systems/Global Positioning Systems (A.S.)

Social Sciences
  • Social Sciences (B.A.)
  • Global Studies (B.A.)
  • Secondary Education (Licensure Program) 2

Master of Education
  • Master of Science for Teachers
    • Vermont Teaching License available
  • Masters of Liberal Arts


The Vail Center has classrooms, and teachers' offices, especially English, meteorology, mathematics, and education. It also contains the bookstore, student center, and snack bar. The science wing contains classrooms and laboratories. There is a television wing for the television studies and is home to News 7, LSC's daily live broadcast facility. It also contains the small Alexander Twilight
Alexander Twilight
Alexander Lucius Twilight , born free in Vermont, was the first black person known to have earned a bachelor's degree from an American college or university upon graduating Middlebury College in 1823. An educator, minister and politician, he was licensed as a Congregational preacher, and worked in...

 Theater. It is connected to the Library and Academic Center (LAC).

LAC contains classrooms, a 24 hour computer lab, and the three-floor Samuel Read Hall Library
Samuel Read Hall Library
The Samuel Read Hall Library is the library at Lyndon State College, a member of the Vermont State College system. The library is named for Samuel Read Hall, an educational pioneer and native Vermonter and is located in the Library Academic Center on the college's campus in Lyndon Center. The...


The Harvey Academic Center is located at the center of campus, and houses offices and classrooms for Recreation Studies, as well as for other classes.

The center of campus is around the fountain, which sprays into a small pond. There is a larger pond across from the library. Adjacent to the fountain is Stevens Dining Hall.

Adjacent to the theater is the Stannard Gymnasium. The smaller gym, known as the Rita Bole Gymnasium (There is also a Rita Bole residence hall.) is used for basketball games, rock climbing, floor hockey, and a wide variety of intramural sports. In this complex is a 25 metres (82 ft) swimming pool, racquetball court, rock climbing wall and a fitness center.

On the north side of the campus, across from the baseball fields is the Brown House containing a dispensary. The Gray House is a special residential opportunity, currently for those performing service to the community.

No smoking is allowed on campus, except for in nearby parking lots.


There are over 25 student clubs at Lyndon State College. They include:
  • The Student Government Association
  • WWLR
    WWLR is a radio station broadcasting a Variety format. Licensed to Lyndonville, Vermont, USA, the station serves the Northeast Kingdom and Northern New Hampshire area. The station is currently owned by the Board of Trustees, Vermont State Colleges....

     91.5FM "The Impulse" - A student-run radio station
  • The LSC AMS/NWA - Lyndon State College Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society
    American Meteorological Society
    The American Meteorological Society promotes the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences and the advancement of their professional applications. Founded in 1919, the American Meteorological Society has a membership...

  • The Critic - A student-run weekly newspaper
  • The Alexander Twilight Players - Local Acting Guild
  • Alliance for Women in Media
  • The Society of Professional Journalists
  • Lyndon Ultimate (Ultimate Frisbee)
  • The Lyndon State Rugby Club (Associated with New England Rugby Football Union
    New England Rugby Football Union
    The New England Rugby Football Union is a stand-alone union for rugby union teams in New England.NERFU had been a local area union , and part of the Northeast Rugby Union , which is the governing body for three LAU's The New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) is a stand-alone union for rugby...

  • Lyndon Emergency Responders
  • Lyndon UN Club (Attend UN conferences yearly)

Residence Halls

Lyndon State College is located on a hill in the town of Lyndonville. It has approximately 1470 students. Half of the student population lives on campus in one of the eight residence halls. The Stonehenge residence hall complex is located on the southern end of campus, and consists of six residence halls: Whitelaw/Crevecoeur (first-year students), Arnold/Bayley, and Poland/Rogers. They are clustered around a central courtyard and shaped in a circle, hence the nickname "Stonehenge." Wheelock is a residence hall that is also for first-year students only, and is located in the center of campus. Rita Bole is the newest of the residence halls, which features apartment-style living for upperclassmen. The eighth hall, The S.E.R.V.I.C.E. House, is a living-learning community dedicated to performing community service on campus and in the local area.


The Lyndon State Hornets are a member of the NCAA, and compete on the Division III level in the North Atlantic Conference
North Atlantic Conference
The North Atlantic Conference is an athletic conference, affiliated with the NCAA’s Division III, consisting primarily of small liberal arts colleges throughout the New England states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont....


LSC has 12 NCAA sponsored teams, which include:
  • Baseball
    College baseball
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  • Men's basketball
    College basketball
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  • Women's basketball
  • Men's cross country
    Cross country running
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  • Women's cross country
  • Men's lacrosse
    College lacrosse
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  • Men's soccer
    College soccer
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  • Women's soccer
  • Softball
    College softball
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  • Men's tennis
    Tennis is a sport usually played between two players or between two teams of two players each . Each player uses a racket that is strung to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over a net into the opponent's court. Tennis is an Olympic sport and is played at all levels of society at all...

  • Women's tennis
  • Women's volleyball
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LSC has five club teams:
  • Men's ice hockey
  • Men's rugby
  • Women's rugby
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Dance team

Notable alumni

  • André Bernier, 1981. Meteorologist WJW-TV, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jim Cantore
    Jim Cantore
    James D. Cantore is an American meteorologist. He is best known as an on-air personality for The Weather Channel.- Career :...

    , 1986, Meteorologist-announcer on The Weather Channel
    The Weather Channel
    The Weather Channel is a US cable and satellite television network since May 2, 1982, that broadcasts weather forecasts and weather-related news, along with entertainment programming related to weather 24 hours a day...

  • Mike Cejka
    Mike Cejka
    Mike Cejka has been a broadcast meteorologist for WIVB since January 1983 making him the longest standing on-air meteorologist in the Buffalo television market.-Career:...

     Meteorologist WIVB Buffalo, New York
  • Nick Gregory
    Nick Gregory
    Nicholas John "Nick" Gregory is a meteorologist for WNYW in New York City. Gregory brings viewers the weather on FOX 5 News at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. Gregory has been working for WNYW for over two decades...

    , 1982. Meteorologist WNYW
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    -TV, New York City
  • Jason Hatch, 2000. Author: The Adventures of MDM: A Satire of College

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