Location
Colchester, VT
Undergrads
1,928
Tuition
$37,510
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 322 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The options are limited at a school of this size but all the people are great people, all the way through. There's plenty of attractive people that you will meet, plenty of smart people, etc.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The big focus on facilities recently has been the new student center. This is a mixture of a hang out spot and a library. It's packed at night with people trying to do homework and it's very convenient because it's connected directly to four of the major dorms. Many people also choose to hang out in it as well because there's great seating areas and plenty of TVs.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports are definitely not everything on campus. Which can be nice because it prevents cliques and hierarchies. The teams aren't that great, but people don't usually come here to play a sport, they come for the education.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I wouldn't trade the students or staff for the world. I love it here and how everyone is so friendly. There's real way to describe the atmosphere except with the fact that people will hold all doors for you and you can't walk anywhere without seeing someone without saying hello. My only wish is that I could move the campus and people somewhere warm. Even that it's cold, I still wouldn't trade that for the amazing times I have at St Mikes.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: I have genuinely grown interested in topics I never thought I would even give thought to. Classes are interesting and provide a great education. I feel as though that each class gives me a thorough understanding of fuzzy topics I may have skimmed before in high school as well as advanced ideas.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Alliot, the cafeteria on campus, has great hours and decent food. Nothing great, nothing terrible. It's definitely not the best food, but I enjoy my meals there.

4 College Freshman

Majors: As far as I have noticed, admissions focuses a lot on personality. They love to read good letters of recommendation about prospective students. I didn't get that great of grades in high school, but they read from my teachers that I was highly devoted and sought extra help, as well was easy to work with. Grades are definitely not a defining factor here for admissions, they just accompany the personality.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's a small liberal arts school in Vermont... It happens, but there's no peer pressure to start. Generally, students who come in doing drugs, stay doing drugs. Students come in disagreeing with the use of drugs stay that way. Students aren't discriminated because of their values.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are great and the professors all care about you learning the content. They're not there for the paycheck, they're there to see you succeed, and it shows. As with any school, workload depends on classes. First semester, I had little free time, this semester I have so much free time that I nap more than I thought was possible.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Burlington has numerous restaurants that I can't even begin to count. I have yet to say "I don't know where to go for dinner".

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Haven't noticed a single problem with health & safety. Only robberies occurred out of neglect to the situation by the owners of the houses (leaving doors unlocked), but even then, there's hardly ever anything to worry about.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: All housing is on campus. There is no need for off-campus housing. St Mikes provides terrific on campus housing.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Public Safety (pub safe) generally lets you do your thing but they do come around occasionally. If things seem crazy and out of control or you're being dumb about being dumb then they will be on the scene to break it up and depending on the situation they will take your name down and occasionally fine you. If you do end up in this situation, they treat you like a criminal, usually with no regard to how cooperative/polite you are. I have yet to come across a case where pub safe got involved where the general consensus was that we needed help of that nature in the situation or that things were out of hand. But generally speaking, they are pretty lenient which is why the nightlife is so good and the dorms are a fun place to hang out.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Burlington was voted the #1 college town in America in 2013. Generally don't end up leaving campus because of the amount of things to do on campus, but it's never disappointing going downtown.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Lots of professional professors with great experience in their fields and a great understanding of your ambitions as well as help with your major/future.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Everyone I talk to has had great experience with the money they have received from the school, through both financial aid and scholarships.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Wifi campus wide, computer labs in the library and academic buildings, and great tech support. Wifi can be slow at times but that's to be expected on a college campus.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: From a freshman's point of view:

The nightlife is incredible. Plenty to do. Usually how it goes is people hang around the dorms to start, then end up walking to parties at the 100s, 200s, or 300s later on in the night. Saint Michael's tends to start the process a bit later than most other schools so the night goes as long as you make it. When friends visit from other schools, they all tend to love it and want to return ASAP. Another big thing is that, because there's no greek life, there's no hierarchy during parties, which is great because it leaves the options of what to do on weekends wide open. There's also plenty of people who do not go out and have plenty of fun; usually those people tend to get housed with or near each other.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: It's very similar to the rest of the weather in New England, with a slightly extended winter--cold and snowy, with spontaneous changes in weather around fall and spring. Snow isn't a big factor on classes because there's always tractors plowing and salting in winter.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Between the two campuses (main and north) , there's a bus that runs most of the time. It's good to use occasionally but if you need to commute frequently, definitely have a car. Public transportation is available but is much more time consuming. Freshmen generally aren't allowed to have cars on campus, but this can easily be worked around by telling the school you need it for some purpose, faculty is very accepting and wont play 21 Questions with you about it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are generic dorms-- two people per room, with occasional exceptions. They are all within a three minute walk of the cafeteria and likewise for classes. Students all get along exceptionally well and form a family. I love all the people around me and go to dinner almost every night with about 10 people from my floor. Janitors clean on an as-need basis (it seems) and people generally respect the bathrooms. The common freshman dorms all have a common bathroom (3 stalls, 3 showers, ~5 sinks) and a gender neutral, which is a private bathroom, with a shower, toilet, and sink, in each wing of the dorm.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There's plenty of diversity, as well as support and groups for this aspect on campus. The diversity is accepted campus-wide and the students are very welcoming to it.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: We have many groups dedicated to minorities and diverse groups, yet we don't really have all that much diversity on campus. But this school is very, very accepting of everyone.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I haven't been to any parties on campus yet, just a few off-campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: Housing on campus is guaranteed all four years. There is no need to live off-campus.

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