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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Most students go to the river to party but there's occasionally parties on main street. Students usually party on Tuesday nights and on the weekends.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Poultney is very small so there's only a few choices that are mostly diners but they're pretty good, relatively cheap and within walking distance. If you want more than Poultney has to offer you can go to Fair Haven or Rutland which is less convenient but not horrible.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Poultney is a very small rural town so there isn't much to offer in town but I don't think anyone that comes here expects a lot. There's small stores within walking distance that meet basic needs and there's a few interesting family owned restaurants and other business on main street. The townspeople are mostly friendly but students frequently complain of creepy men around town. There's not many events around town that aren't associated with the college in some way it's not something I ever hear complaints about.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most students are pretty low maintenance, there's a good amount of rich kids but they all try hard to appear downtrodden because that's the style here. The few people on campus that regularly dress nicely or even slightly preppy are seen as stuck up by many even though those kids may ironically be worse off financially than the ones judging them. There are some really smart and dedicated students here that will do a lot for the environment but most people are too distracted by drugs and partying to do anything useful and won't make it over a year before leaving.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is no health center on campus but there is a wellness center that deals with mental health. There is a medical center in Castleton about 15 minutes away that most students go to when sick and the shuttle goes there everyday. The wellness center is nice but it's only therapy, if you have a major issue or a psychological disorder they can't help much but they'll still talk to you if you want. In my opinion there are too many mentally ill people on campus for there to be no close psychological help. There has been an issue with theft but overall campus is relatively free from violent crime. If I feel unsafe it's because the closest hospital is 30 minutes away and there's some pretty unstable people around that aren't receiving adequate care.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Some students take part but they're not very important to those who don't.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The school makes it very difficult for anyone to live off campus, you must be at least 23 years old, married or have a child or you can appeal to them with some other reason. Most people are forced to stay on campus until they graduate.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The social atmosphere living on campus is pretty good, it makes you get really close to your friends but it can also be taxing on friendships because you are around each other so much. It's almost impossible to avoid someone here so if you fall out with friends or there's just someone you don't want to be around you'll most likely still see them every day. The dorms are pretty old and run down, Bogue is where most freshman go and it's the worst place to be if you don't like annoying kids going crazy. Moses probably has the dirtiest bathrooms and Ames is creepy and rundown, North is full of Adventure Ed people and the social scene is comparable to Bogue. Lyman is pretty good all around and Cree is hit and miss. All dorms have a free laundry room in the basement but only one dorm (Lyman) has a working elevator so be prepared to walk lots of stairs.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a good amount of financial aid but the price of the school goes up quite a bit each year with no rise in aid so it's getting to be too expensive for me. Also some majors require classes that have high fees (one that i know of is $900) and there is no aid to cover those cost.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I found security on campus to be very good. I never felt unsafe on campus at any time of day. No one I knew had anything stolen or broken into. Students frequently leave bags and other items lying around, because we trusted no one would take them.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Numerous academic and extracurricular activities at Green Mountain College shaped me into the professional I am now. I would definitely not have my current career had I attended elsewhere.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: If you are academic, passionate and self-motivated, you will find the opportunities here unparalleled. I would NEVER have had the unique education experiences I had here at a typical university. You MUST be self-motivated. If you are lazy or unsure of your education goals, you will fail here. The professors are excellent--they do not teach here for the pay or tenure packages or notoriety, they teach here because they like the school's mission and are passionate about teaching. The courses may not have the greatest variety, but that's because it's not a large university.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: If you are a self-motivated student who is passionate about the environment and developing your future, then you will have everything you need at your disposal at Green Mountain College. If you lack motivation or do not know what you want to do with your future, do not attend this school. I greatly benefited from my time at GMC and I would not be the professional I am today if I had not attended such a unique school in a unique location. Remember though, this is a private college, and will cost you money in loans like any other private college.

1 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: There is no Greek Life at GMC.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Althletics are not why students come to GMC--they're more of an extracurricular option for students. NCAA Division III sports. I enjoyed going to some of the games while I was at GMC. Intramurals like Ultimate Frisbee are more popular.

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: For the most part, GMC does not allow off-campus housing. For those few who do qualify, rental properties are limited and none that I visited were of much quality. Do not expect nice apartment buildings or anything like that.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Although Poultney is small, it's not want for good eating. Perry's Diner is cute and serves locally produced items. The Station had good coffee and baked goods. The Co-Op represented Vermont's love of health food and local food. Tap's Tavern had great beer, great atmosphere and great food. And of course there's Dunkin Donuts if you need that.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: In terms of your academics, the administration is laissez-faire. If you don't attend class or meet you're requirements, they're not going to warn you. If you fail, you fail. On campus, I found that enforcement of infraction was average. Obviously large or destructive events were broken up, but less-than-legal activity often went unnoticed.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I received almost every available scholarship while at Green Mountain, and additional ones based upon my activity in the campus community and academic progress. Unfortunately, even with all this and a fair amount of financial aid, I still owe over $35,000 in student loans from 3 years at GMC. I will not pretend that the financial aid and business office were great--communication about my aid and loans was always spotty.

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Because the town and campus are small, the social life options are also pretty intimate. I had a lot of fun at parties near the Poultney River, on the Recreation Floor and at "cocktail parties" on my own dorm floors. Some people party pretty hard. There's definitely access to drugs and alcohol if that's what you're looking for.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: While living at Green Mountain, many students complained and complained about the food. They were being silly, because the dining hall there is considerably better than that of other colleges or universities. Try finding a dining hall that is willing to incorporate local produce, compost and serve the campus farm's meat animals at another school. Although there is only one option for dining on campus, I found it satisfactory the entire time I was at GMC.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is only one dining hall and a fast food type place run by the same people that cook the food for the dining hall, the food is decent, sometimes they have something really good or really bad but most of it is average. People love to complain about it but it's not that bad, there's just not a lot of variety.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The school makes it SO HARD to live off campus. It's a little ridiculous, I know people who have gotten married just so they could live off campus- it's the only way.

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3 College Junior

Local Area: The town is pretty cute. There isn't much to do after 8 pm, but there's great places to go during the day. The co-op is my personal favorite, but there are a lot of nice local stores.

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Its kinda like being in jail, but Vermont is really pretty so I try not to stay indoors too much.

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