Lyndon State College

Lyndon State College, a public liberal arts college located at Lyndon Center in Lyndon, Caledonia County in the U.S. state of Vermont, is now the Lyndon campus of Northern Vermont University. In addition to a range of Bachelor's Degree programs, the college offered Master's Degree programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Education, and Liberal Arts. The college is well known for its Atmospheric Sciences program. Lyndon State College was accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.[4] On July 1, 2018, Johnson State College and Lyndon State College formally merged, creating Northern Vermont University.[5]

Lyndon State College
Seal of Lyndon State College
Motto"Ad Illuminandum Regnum"
Motto in English
Key to the Kingdom[1]
TypePublic Liberal Arts
PresidentNo Current President(last)
Administrative staff
1001 College Road
Lyndonville, VT 05851
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CampusRural 195 acres (0.79 km2)
Merged intoNorthern Vermont University
ColorsGreen and Yellow          


In 1911, the college was founded as a one-year normal school housed in rented space in nearby Lyndon Institute. The term "normal school" is based on the French école normale supérieure, a school to educate teachers. Consistent with education tradition of the times, the Lyndon Training Course expanded its curriculum in one-year increments, and the first two-year class graduated in 1923. In 1927, Rita Bole became principal of the school. The first three-year class, consisting of nine students, graduated in 1934. In 1944, the state allowed Lyndon to grant four-year degrees so long as it remained a teacher training institution. The first four-year degrees were granted to 18 students in 1944. It was during these years that the Northeast Kingdom began to depend on Lyndon to address the educational needs of its residents.

Bole, who led the school until 1955, encouraged the Vermont State Legislature to establish Lyndon Teachers College, saw the admission of the first male and first out-of-state students during the 1940s, and oversaw the move to the Theodore Newton Vail estate. Vail had been instrumental in the establishment of Lyndon Institute, and Bole recognized his vacant estate as the perfect place to house the growing school. The move to Vail Manor was completed on June 30, 1951, the final day of the school's lease at Lyndon Institute.

In 1961, the State Legislature established the Vermont State Colleges system, a consortium of Vermont's five public colleges governed by a common board of trustees, chancellor and Council of Presidents and Lyndon Teachers College became Lyndon State College. This marked the beginning of a period of rapid growth and, in 1964, the campus began to expand. A library, a dormitory, a dining hall, a science wing, a gymnasium, and a theater were built. These additions began meeting the needs of a growing student population that also brought a rapid expansion of the Lyndon curriculum. In the 1970s, new majors were developed in business administration, special education, recreations, meteorology, communications, human services, and physical education. It was also during this decade that the original Vail Manor was deemed unsafe and was replaced with the Theodore N. Vail Center that now houses the Vail Museum and preserves the name that has become an integral part of the Lyndon State tradition.[6]

In 2005, a new residence hall was constructed near Wheelock Hall. The building was named The Rita L. Bole Complex, after the principal of Lyndon Normal School.

In 2009, the Academic and Student Activity Center, a LEED-certified, or "green" building, was constructed to house Lyndon's Business, Exercise Science and Meteorology majors. It also contains computer labs, classrooms and a student event center.

In September 2016, the VSC board of trustees voted to merge Lyndon State College with Johnson State College, located roughly 50 miles away.[7] The new combined institution was named Northern Vermont University, and JSC President Elaine Collins was named as NVU's first president to oversee the consolidation of both campus into the new university.[8][9] The merger became effective on July 1st, 2018 and ended over 100 years of Lyndon's existence as a separate institution, although the combined university remains public and under the Vermont State College system.


The Vail Center has classrooms, and teachers' offices, especially English, mathematics, and education. It also contains the bookstore, student center, and snack bar. The science wing contains classrooms and laboratories. There is a television wing for the television studies and is home to News 7, LSC's daily live broadcast facility. It also contains the small Alexander Twilight Theater. It is connected to the Library and Academic Center (LAC).

LAC contains classrooms, a 24-hour computer lab, and the three-floor Samuel Read Hall Library.

The Harvey Academic Center is located at the center of campus, and houses offices and classrooms for Recreation Studies, as well as for other classes.

The center of campus is around the fountain, which sprays into a small pond. There is a larger pond across from the library. Adjacent to the fountain is Stevens Dining Hall.

Adjacent to the theater is the Stannard Gymnasium. The smaller gym, known as the Rita Bole Gymnasium (There is also a Rita Bole residence hall.) is used for basketball games, floor hockey, and a wide variety of intramural sports. In this complex is a 25 metres (82 ft) swimming pool, racquetball court, rock climbing wall and a fitness center.[10]

On the north side of the campus, across from the baseball fields is the Brown House containing a dispensary. The Gray House is a special residential opportunity, currently for those performing service to the community.

No smoking is allowed on campus, except for in nearby parking lots.

Student life


There are over 25 student clubs at Lyndon State College. They include:

  • The Student Government Association
  • Lyndon State Anime Club
  • WWLR 91.5FM "The Voice of LSC" - A student-run radio station
  • The LSC AMS/NWA - Lyndon State College Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society
  • The Critic - A student-run weekly newspaper[11]
  • The Twilight Players - Campus Acting Guild
  • Alliance for Women in Media
  • The Society of Professional Journalists
  • Lyndon Ultimate (Ultimate Frisbee)
  • The Lyndon State Rugby Club (Associated with New England Rugby Football Union)
  • Lyndon Emergency Responders[12]
  • Lyndon Model UN Club (Attends MUN conferences yearly)
  • M.E.I.S.A (Music and Entertainment Industry Students Association) LSC Chapter
  • Lyndon State Ice Skating Club

Residence Halls

Half of the student population lives on campus in one of the nine residence halls. The Stonehenge residence hall complex is located on the southern end of campus, and consists of six residence halls: Whitelaw/Crevecoeur (first-year students), Arnold/Bayley, and Poland/Rogers. They are clustered around a central courtyard and shaped in a circle, hence the nickname "Stonehenge." Wheelock is a residence hall that is located in the center of campus. Rita Bole is the newest of the residence halls, which features apartment-style living for upperclassmen, as well as accessible. The ninth hall, Grey House, is a living-learning community dedicated to performing community service on campus and in the local area.


The Lyndon State Hornets are a member of the NCAA, and compete on the Division III level in the North Atlantic Conference.

LSC has 12 NCAA sponsored teams,[13] which include:

LSC has five club teams:

Notable alumni


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  6. Lyndon State College Undergraduate Catalog, 2007-2008, p.4
  7. Hallenbeck, Terri. "Shotgun Marriage? Johnson and Lyndon State Colleges Rush to the Altar". Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  8. Noyes, Amy Kolb. "How Rival State Colleges Are Merging To Become Northern Vermont University". Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  9. "Materials for Board of Trustees Meeting" (PDF). November 30, 2016. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  10. Lyndon State College Hornets: Facilities
  11. "Lyndon State College – Turn your passion into a profession". Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  12. Archived May 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  13. Lyndon Athletics.
  14. "Alumni – Lyndon State College". Archived from the original on 2014-03-30. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
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