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University of Vermont

How many UVM students does it take to change a lightbulb?

Eighteen: Fifteen to form a long distance trekking team to hike through the mountains to the nearest shop selling light bulbs, one to snowboard back with it, one to compose a country-and-western ballad about the event, and one to change it.

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The biggest university in a tiny state, and one of the oldest universities in the country, the University of Vermont (UVM) is an alternative school for a certain type of alternative. Having said that, the particular niche to which this school appeals actually encompasses a very large number of people, from across the country and indeed the world.

UVM has, true to its liberal nature, often led the way in showing dedication to equality and even-handedness, being generally a champion for minority participation in higher education, and the first university to admit women or African-Americans into its Greek life. Its charter declares that the “rules, regulations, and by-laws shall not tend to give preference to any religious sect or denomination whatsoever,” and it is this attitude that permeates the happy, exuberant college life here.

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