Nestled at the luscious base of the Green Mountains, the Castleton campus offers a panoramic view of every season. From watching autumn claim the mountainside from and conquering snowfalls in our snowboard park, students can enjoy Vermont’s natural beauty from every corner of campus.
Dating back to 1787, Castleton is the oldest university in Vermont, and the 18th oldest in the nation. However, recent development projects offer students the opportunity to benefit from our modern facilities that have been influenced in their design by the Green Campus Initiative, which aims to reduce the University’s carbon footprint and to promote a sustainable future.
Reopened in September 2009, the Campus Center underwent a $7.5 million renovation and expansion. The facility was awarded a gold rating for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design by the U.S. Green Building Council. Today, Campus Center acts as a social and academic focal point of the University.
Surrounding Campus Center are Castleton’s 11 residence halls that vary between corridor and suite-style living. The Department of Residence Life also facilitates themed housing options in which students can opt to reside in substance-free Wellness Housing and those eligible can live in our Honors Housing. Castleton's newest residence hall, Hoff Hall, has also achieved a LEED gold rating for its implementation of resource-efficiency and environmental responsibility.
In conjunction with the Green Campus Initiative, the newest installation of energy-efficient products on campus is a ground-mounted solar array and dual-vehicle electric fueling station located outside of Jeffords Hall.
Our academic buildings provide students with the opportunity to expand their learning with the most up-to-date technology. With modern lounges, labs, studios, digital media centers, and more, students can always access the latest innovations to hone their crafts.
Outside the classroom, the Fine Arts Center is home to Casella Theaterand Black Box Theater, where many student performances take to the stage to a full house at various times throughout the academic year.
Our state-of-the-art athletic and exercise facilities aide our Spartans’ success and the overall wellness of our community. The Spartan Athletic Complex provides team rooms, classrooms, athletic training facilities, as well as a swimming pool and fitness center for all 28 varsity teams. Attached to the complex is a community-accessible fitness center that is also available for student and faculty use.
Our baseball and softball fields are among some of the finest in New England. They are complete with enclosed dugouts and proper irrigation and drainage systems. Neighboring the fields is Dave Wolk Stadium, our multi-use artificial turf facility. Since its opening in the fall of 2009, Dave Wolk Stadium (formerly known as Spartan Stadium) has hosted more than 2,000 Castleton sporting events.
Directly outside the stadium sits the Castleton Pavilion, which is the largest venue of its kind in Vermont and is designed to accommodate up to 3,000 guests. The pavilion serves as the site for graduation, large university meetings, and a variety of other campus events. Additionally, it serves as the perfect venue for the community to host weddings, trade shows, corporate picnics, and more. In the winter, the pavilion is transformed into a covered skating rink for the campus and community to enjoy, free of charge.
From our outdoor opportunities to our newly renovated facilities, academic endeavors, and state of the art athletic facilities, Castleton has something to offer everyone.
Living on campus can be one of the most exciting aspects of college life. Living on campus allows you to gain a better understanding of diverse lifestyles and different cultures, share thoughts and ideas openly, and develop friendships that will last a lifetime.
Castleton offers a variety of housing choices and support for students, including themed housing, dining services, and opportunities to engage socially and participate in a wide variety of programs and activities in your residence hall.
Every residence hall has Community Advisors, who have been carefully selected and trained to help foster a welcoming and inclusive living environment and to answer questions, handle emergencies, and direct students to resources.
On-campus living offers the convenience of quick and easy access to the rest of campus with the dining hall, gym, athletic fields, and campus center right outside your door. You can also enjoy a short walk to local restaurants, cafes, stores, and other attractions.
FIRST YEAR STUDENTS
Welcome to Castleton, a university that is as unique as you are. We value each student as a member of our family, providing a relationship-based education that helps you achieve your potential, while allowing you to impact your surroundings. At Castleton you will benefit from the natural beauty, recreational opportunities, and safety of Vermont, providing you the very best opportunity to succeed. As you learn more about the university you will come to realize that the value of a Castleton education is in its people, its connections to experiential learning and positive student outcomes, and a holistic approach to education that you can’t find anywhere else. Castleton remains one of the most affordable options in the region.