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Saint Michael’s College

Saint Michael's College is a selective, private Catholic college of approximately 2,000 undergraduate students located in Colchester, Vermont. Saint Michael's grants bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in over 30 majors.


One Winooski Park
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College History


In 1889, priests from the Society of Saint Edmund fled to the United States after widespread anticlericism seized France. In 1904, they opened Saint Michael's Institute with an initial investment of $5,000. Thirty-four students aged 10 to 22 enrolled, with a tuition and board fee of $105. Slowly, the school discontinued its high school program. Gradually, the school transitioned from an academy to a traditional residential college. In 1939, graduate programs were offered for the first time. Saint Michael�s Playhouse was opened in 1947, bringing professional summer theater to Vermont, giving students the chance to work behind the scenes. Before the 1950s, classes at Saint Michael's were small, just a few dozen Michaelmen in any class. In the 1950s, the college expanded to hundreds of students per class. To manage the influx of GI Bill students after World War II, Saint Michael's acquired temporary housing in the form of military barracks from Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester. In the 1950s, the College began a building program which established the red brick architectural style which permeates campus today. In the 1950s, Freshmen were required to wear a dress shirt, coat and tie to every class and for the evening meal. All dorm students said the rosary before retiring. Saint Michael's Applied Linguistics Department was started in 1954, focusing on teaching English to students from around the world. About 130 refugees from the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 came to the college. Most of them, already well-educated, came to learn English. In April 1970, the Board of Trustees approved a proposal by then-president Bernard Boutin to become a co-educational institution. In 1972, the first four female graduates of Saint Michael's received their degrees.

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It is the mission of Saint Michael's College to contribute through higher education to the enhancement of the human person and to the advancement of human culture in the light of the Catholic faith



Moses Anderson 1954, Roman Catholic Bishop Tim Arango 1996, Baghdad bureau chief of The New York Times. Tom Bowman (journalist) 1977, National Public Radio's Pentagon reporter Donald Cook, United States Marine Corps officer, Prisoner of War, and Medal of Honor recipient Tom Caron, host of Boston Red Sox coverage on NESN Thomas W. Costello 1968, Vermont House of Representatives Thomas E. Delahanty II 1967, Maine Superior Court justice Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. 1977, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps James Fallon 1969, neuroscientist Roger Festa 1972, Chemistry Professor at Truman State University, former President of the American Institute of Chemists Michael J. Fitzpatrick, New York State Assemblyman representing the 7th district in Suffolk County Tom Freston 1967, former President and CEO of Viacom and one of the founders of MTV Robert John Giroux, influential college president and fundraiser Robert Hoehl, co-founder of IDX Systems Corporation Martin Hyun, author, former ice hockey player with Deutsche Eishockey Liga Vincent Illuzzi 1975, youngest person ever elected to Vermont State Senate, State Senator 1981-2013 Brian Kelley, CIA officer George Latimer, DFL mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota Patrick Leahy 1961, Senior U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernard Joseph Leddy, former United States federal judge Francis MacDonnell, professor of History at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista, Virginia Robert W. Parker, United States Air Force Major General Christina Reiss 1984, federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Vermont Richard Tarrant 1965, co-founder of IDX Systems Corporation Michael Tranghese, former commissioner of the Big East Conference Loung Ung 1993, human-rights activist, lecturer, author of First They Killed My Father. Michael William Warfel, American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, seventh and current Bishop of Great Falls-Billings. Robert White (ambassador), President of the Center for International Policy, former US Ambassador to El Salvador and Paraguay



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