Castleton State College
About Castleton State College
If you want to attend a college that comprises most of the town, then this school is for you. The Town of Castleton is a college town in western Vermont with approximately 4,000 year round residents and an additional 2,000 summer residents on Lake Bomoseen. The college houses 1700 full-time undergraduate students and has an enrollment of over 2,000 students, so the student body makes up about one-third of this town's residents.
If you like to ski, you'll be close to many of Vermont's major ski resorts, with Killington & Pico approximately 40 minutes to the Northeast via U.S. Rte. 4. Okemo is also nearby, about 40 minutes southeast via VT Rte. 103. Rutland is about 15 miles east of Castleton. Beyond this, the school is the oldest college in Vermont, and the eighteenth oldest school in the nation. With this history, you can also expect to find many great antique shops and galleries in the area. Many galleries and museums such as the Hood Museum, the Williams College Museum, the Clark Museum, Mass MOCA, the Middlebury College Museum, and the Fleming Museum are within easy reach of the campus.
The Fine Arts Center at CSC was renovated in 2006 to include four studios for printmaking, painting, sculpture, and drawing and a state-of-the-art computer lab for graphic design. As an art student, you can participate in departmental trips to New York City galleries and museums. The Art Students League, a campus club, sponsors visiting artists, film series, studio visits, and collaborative projects as well as trips. The Christine Price Gallery presents the work of professional artists on campus, while the Student Gallery provides opportunities for feedback while studying. Art students have studied abroad in Italy, Ireland, and China.
Art is offered as a degree program leading to the Bachelor of Arts with a minor in studio art and a minor in art history. Graduates from the art program have worked in graphic design studios, started graphic design and other art production businesses, worked in museums and galleries, entered master of fine arts and other degree programs and, in conjunction with coursework in education, gained licensure and taught art in elementary and secondary schools. Students also can take advantage of many computer-related programs that focus on computer programming, database theory, the role of the internet in E-Business, and a familiarity with the development, analysis, and management of information systems.
Castleton State College's roots go back to October 15, 1787, and today it belongs to the Vermont State College system. Castleton is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and the college is deeply involved in the region through community service and internships and through its education and social work programs.