Classes are ending on the Vermont College campus

The Vermont College of Fine Arts will stop hosting students on campus and will end on-campus programs in Montpelier after the 2022-23 academic year. The college is also looking into selling or leasing some of its buildings, it announced Wednesday.

Beginning in Summer 2023, students in six of its undergraduate undergraduate art programs will spend their summer residences at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, and their winter residences will be virtual.

About 340 students are currently enrolled in the college, President Leslie Ward said VTDigger. Residences were moved online during the COVID-19 epidemic, and only one full on-campus residency was held last year. Previously, two residences were held each year on campus, one in winter and one in summer, meaning students were present for about two and a half weeks.

Campus “doesn’t meet our needs,” Ward said VTDigger. “It’s not going to serve our future vision of how we want to best serve our students. So how do we think about it differently?”

The company was founded in 2008 and has used its current campus as its home ever since. The campus and some of its buildings date back to 1868 and have various institutions of higher learning. The college describes itself on its website as “the only college in the country dedicated exclusively to short-term undergraduate art education using a unique mentorship model.”

The institution is not closing, nor is it merging with Colorado College, according to the announcement. The administrative offices will still be located on the campus of the College Hall, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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