Location
Plainfield, VT
Undergrads
244
Tuition
$14,218
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 18 total reviews with an average rating of 4.1

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4 College Senior

Weather: It does snow but it is gorgeous in the mountains so you don't really care.

4 College Senior

Computers: The computer labs were spacious and not crowded at all. Printing is free!

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The residency dorms are nice but this is not a typical campus housing situation. They are for short term stays.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: There is no Greek life at this school, which suits me fine.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The students look super great. You only meet for a week or so per semester so do what you can with that.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Advisers Find Ways to Coax Best Work from Students – at goddard college, most of the work is done at home by oneself. every 3 weeks, a "packet" of writing is due to the students adviser, and the adviser responds within a couple of days with a lengthy response. goddard has no grades and does not believe in evaluation either, but an enthusiastic and thorough reply does signal that the student delved deep into their study. this sort of communication is a a bit of a positive feedback loop. i found my adviser this past semester would give me more and more suggestions for source material as we went, and she came to anticipate my course of study well. i love the one-on-one style of pedagogy.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: most of the students at goddard are either older returning students or are youngsters who are enthusiastic about the optimism and creative approach the school offers. for this reason, drugs play a very minor role there. at the last residency, i was aware of some moderate drinking some evenings, but more often than not, i encountered other students engaged in deep conversations in the dining hall or strolling about the campus. others were ensconced in their rooms with books and laptops open.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Low-Residency Program Allows for Working People of All Ages to Study on Individual Terms – goddard college no longer offers full-time on-campus study. twice a year for 8 days, we meet on campus for an intensive residency. during this time, we attend workshops and presentations by graduating students as well as faculty. we are assigned an adviser for the semester, and we meet with them in small groups to hash out our study plans for the semester. many wonderful conversations can be had both in these workshops and meetings and informally. the dining hall is a great place to hang out, get to know the other students and faculty, and work on one's study plan. after residency, we go home to spend the remainder of the semester doing our work and communicating with our advisers via email and phone calls.

5 College Junior

Facilities: at goddard college in vermont, we are only on campus for 8 days twice a year for an intensive residency. this is a magical time that exists outside of everyday life. the campus is a beautiful, serene, and peaceful place that seems to encourage intense conversations and new discoveries even for jaded older students such as myself. there are a few buildings that were designed and built by students during the 1970s back to land movement. most of these are currently closed, but they are quite wonderful to behold as you stroll around the campus. i look forward to going back soon.

4 College Senior

Weather: The Vermont Extremes – Residencies take place in summer and winter. Seasons in Vermont tend to be extreme - Vermont summers are hot and humid and this past residency was no exception. Days reached almost 100 degrees. Nights were uncomfortably sultry at times. Winters offer snow almost every day, with daily temps sometimes dipping below 0. You have to love the extremes to live here. Weather never affects workshops.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Plenty of Options for Vegans – The campus food, while starch-heavy, is generally excellent. There are vegan options with every single meal, with Monday meals all being completely meat-free. My only complaint is that they do not offer as many options for non-vegetarians, like myself, who would have liked to see more chicken, fish, or beef options.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus Incident – At a recent residency there was an incident regarding a (presumably) local town resident who was found peering into a female resident's dorm. Because of the tight community atmosphere of the campus and student body, as well as Goddard's security, the residency continued without another incident, as students watched out for each other and everyone felt much safer. There were no further incidents.

5 College Student

Facilities: Free Spirits Come Here – at goddard you can study pretty much what you want and also earn credit through the things you did that were not college credit related, but related to your degree in order to get credit. it's very open minded to the most strangest of interests and that's the best thing ever!

2 College Student

Transportation: You Leave on Foot or by Car – if you have a car you have the freedom to leave campus and go where you need to if you can find time in between study plans and events. otherwise you are stuck or have to ask someone for a ride.

3 College Student

Computers: They Are There and They Work – and they have a high speed connection. in good condition and are relatively up to date.

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: Every Dorm Has Rules – different dorms have different rules. some dorms you are free to drink and others you are not. there is a lot of freedom at this school and since everyone is very mature no one seems to overdo it.

College Student

Greek Life: none of that goes on at goddard. it's a school of free spirits for all those who want to be away from the norm.

3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Without a Car You Miss Out – vermont is a beautiful state. if you have a car you can get to the shopping are which isn't far. they have lots of markets and shops especially downtown in burlington, where you can shop for everything and also dine at wonderful places. not too far off campus as well is a lot of dining areas and shopping and things to do and see. but again, you need a car. a car is a MUST.

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