Experiential Academics

Innovation + Higher Education

Why this matters

A UNIQUE, SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STUDENTS, COLLEGES & TRAVEL EXPERIENCES

You don’t often find innovation and higher education in the same sentence, but that’s always been the goal at Verto Education – to create an innovative approach to experiential education that doesn’t derail or delay the full four-year college path.

To that end, Verto is extremely proud to partner with a quickly growing consortium of forward-thinking colleges and universities — enabling students to see the world, gain unparalleled experience-based knowledge while receiving college credit during the process.

For our partner educational institutions, we’ve created an ecosystem that gives schools more of the engaged students they want, when they want them.

Verto’s Partner Universities

Oakland, CA

Mills College

Mills College is a liberal arts and sciences college located in the San Francisco Bay Area. The school offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and minors and over 25 graduate degrees, certificates, and credentials.

In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Mills 9th overall among colleges and universities in the Western U.S. (regional universities) and the #2 Best Value Schools West, which evaluated the quality of institutions’ academics against the cost of attendance. The Princeton Review ranked Mills as one of the Best 382 Colleges, one of the Best Western Colleges, and one of the top “green” colleges in the U.S. Forbes ranked Mills among the Top 200 Best-Loved Colleges in their 2017 Grateful Grads Index.

Location

Oakland, CA (City/Urban)

Student Population

1,311

School Type

Private Liberal Arts

Established

1852
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Greencastle, IN

Depauw University

DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, is a private liberal arts college with an enrollment of approximately 2,300 students.

DePauw’s liberal arts education gives students a chance to gain general knowledge outside their direct area of study by taking classes outside their degrees and engaging in Winter Term classes and trips.

DePauw is ranked in the top tier of national liberal arts colleges by 2016 U.S. News & World Report as #51 in the United States. DePauw is ranked #78 on Forbes magazine’s 2016 rankings, which include all colleges and universities in the United States, and #14 in the Midwest.

Location

Greencastle, IN (Small City)

Established

1837

Student Population

2,300

School Type

Private Liberal Arts
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High Point, NC

High Point Univesity

High Point University is a private liberal arts university in High Point, North Carolina. Founded as High Point College in 1924, it became High Point University in October 1991.

In 2015, High Point University had a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1 and a student retention rate of 76.5%. The average class size is fewer than 20 students and no teacher assistants instruct classes. In 2015, High Point University was ranked #1 in the annual U.S. News & World Report Regional Colleges South rankings. In the 2016 rankings released HPU ranks #1 Best Regional College in the South for the fourth consecutive year and #1 Most Innovative Regional College in the South.

Location

High Point, NC (Small City)

Established

1924

Student Population

4,362

School Type

Private Liberal Arts
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New York City

PACE University

Pace University is a private institution that was founded in 1906. It has a campus in Manhattan, New York City, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York, in Pleasantville and White Plains.

Pace’s New York City campus is located in the heart of Lower Manhattan, providing easy access to all the city has to offer. The International Business Times ranked them the best private university in the U.S. for upward economic mobility of their students and they rank in the top 12% of U.S. colleges that provide the best return on tuition investment.

Location

New York, NY (City/Urban)

Established

1906

Student Population

8,371

School Type

Private Liberal Arts
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Auckland, NZ

University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand, located in Auckland – the country’s largest city. In addition to a great education, this location provides easy access to all that New Zealand has to offer, from beaches to rain forests.

It is New Zealand’s leading university and is the only New Zealand university ranked among the world’s top 200 universities by the Times Higher Education World Rankings of Universities. It is also the highest ranked New Zealand university in the QS World University Rankings and the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Location

Auckland, New Zealand (City/Urban)

Established

1883

Student Population

41,953

School Type

Public University
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Dublin, Ireland

University College Dublin

University College Dublin (often referred to as UCD) is Ireland’s largest university and is consistently ranked among the top universities in Europe.

UCD expertise is recognized worldwide, with international accreditations for UCD degrees from the world’s leading professional organizations in Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, Architecture, Regional and Urban Planning, Engineering and Diagnostic Imaging. The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business is one of less than 60 schools worldwide to hold triple accreditation from the US, Europe, and the UK accrediting bodies.

Location

Dublin, Ireland (urban/suburban)

Established

1854

Student Population

32,387

School Type

Public University
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Wooster, OH

College of Wooster

The College of Wooster is a private liberal arts college in Wooster, Ohio. It is primarily known for its emphasis on mentored undergraduate research and enrolls approximately 2,000 students.

Wooster is one of forty colleges named in Loren Pope’s book Colleges That Change Lives, in which he called it his “original best-kept secret in higher education.”  It is consistently ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, according to U.S. News and World Report. In US News’ “Best Colleges 2018”, for the sixteenth year in a row, Wooster is recognized for its “outstanding” undergraduate research opportunities.

Location

Wooster, OH (small city)

Established

1866

Student Population

2,026

School Type

Private Liberal Arts
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Bristol, UK

University of Bristol

The University of Bristol (generally referred to as Bristol University) is a red brick research university located in Bristol, United Kingdom. Although chartered in 1909, the school can trace its roots back to 1595 as the Merchant Venturer’s Technical College.

Bristol is continuously ranked as one of the world’s top colleges with the 2016 QS World University Rankings placing Bristol at 41st globally. The 2012 / 2013 rankings also placed Bristol at 15th in the world in terms of reputation with employers, placing higher than several American Ivy League universities, including Princeton University, Cornell and UPenn.

Location

Bristol, UK (City/Urban)

Established

1595

Student Population

23,590

School Type

Public University
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Mount Vernon, IA

Cornell College

Cornell College is a private liberal arts college in Mount Vernon, Iowa that ranks amongst the country’s best small colleges.

Cornell students study one course at a time (commonly referred to as “the block plan” or “OCAAT”). Since 1978, school years have been divided into “blocks” of three-and-a-half weeks each (usually followed by a four-day “block break” to round out to four weeks), during which students are enrolled in a single class; what would normally be covered in a full semester’s worth of class at a typical university is covered in just seventeen-and-one-half Cornell class days.

Location

Mount Vernon, IA (Small City)

Established

1853

Student Population

1,035

School Type

Private Liberal Arts
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Poultney, VT

Green Mountain College

Green Mountain College is a private liberal arts college in Poultney, Vermont, United States, at the foot of the Taconic Mountains between the Green Mountains and Adirondacks. The college has a core set of courses known as the Environmental Liberal Arts (ELA) curriculum, in environmental and natural sciences, writing, reading, history and philosophy.

For more than 20 years, Green Mountain College (GMC) has been focused on environmental, social and economic sustainability. Their curriculum is rated #1 in the nation, and they’ve been recognized for their leadership in sustainability more than any other college in the country

Location

Poultney, VT (small city)

Established

1834

Student Population

710

School Type

Private Liberal Arts
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Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University

James Madison University, founded in 1908 in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, is a public, four-year institution. It is ranked at the top among regional, comprehensive universities in the South.

U.S. News & World Report ranked JMU as the No. 2 public masters-level university in the South (7th overall) for 2016. In the 2015 edition of the Washington Monthly college rankings, JMU ranked 68th among master’s universities. Washington Monthly assesses the quality of schools based on social mobility, research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country)

Location

Harrisonburg, VA (small city)

Established

1908

Student Population

22,667

School Type

Public University
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Springfield, MA

Springfield College

Springfield College is a private, coeducational college located in Springfield, Massachusetts. They offer bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, master’s degrees in a variety of different fields, and doctoral program in counseling psychology, physical therapy, and physical education. The student-to-faculty member ratio is 15 to 1.

Springfield College was named a 2016–17 College of Distinction for providing an innovative, teacher-centered undergraduate education with a strong record of preparing its graduates for real-world success. U.S.News & World Report ranked Springfield College #8 for schools with the highest percentages of alumni enrolling in a graduate school in 2013.

Location

Springfield, MA (Mid-sized City)

Established

1885

Student Population

5,062

School Type

Private
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