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

Eugene, OR

The University of Oregon

 

The University of Oregon is a public research university in Eugene, a town known for its arts and outdoor activities. The student faculty ratio is 17:1 and over 30% of classes have fewer than 20 students. The University of Oregon has more than 310 academic programs to choose from, the most popular being: Business, Journalism, Social Studies, Psychology, and Economics.

Regardless of which major you choose, every University of Oregon student learns to question critically, solve problems, and communicate clearly – skills that 93% of employers say are more important than an employee’s major. Everything at the University of Oregon contributes to their inclusive environment of collaboration and innovation.

Location

Eugene, OR (Mid-sized city)

Established

1876

Student Population

22,980

School Type

Public Research/ Liberal Arts
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Knoxville, TN

The University of Tennessee

 

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the flagship campus of the UT system and the state’s top public research university. UT offers more than 110 degree and interdisciplinary programs from 11 colleges. The 600-acre campus is adjacent to the city’s downtown, connected to miles of greenways, and just a short drive to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

UT is focused on becoming a top public research university, with comprehensive improvements in undergraduate and graduate education, research, and campus infrastructure and facilities. The university offers several university-wide honors programs, and nearly every college has an honors track. Undergraduates have many opportunities to conduct faculty-mentored research and engage in hands-on experiential learning. 

Location

Knoxville, TN (City/Urban)

Established

1794

Student Population

22,815

School Type

Public University
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Burlington, VT

The University of Vermont

 

The University of Vermont’s hilltop campus looks out across one of America’s most vibrant small cities to Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains beyond. Here, students’ educational experience and activities are enriched by our location — from the energy and innovation of Burlington to the forests, farms, and independent spirit of Vermont. UVM is a research university of a perfect size, large enough to offer a breadth of ideas, resources, and opportunities, yet small enough to enable close faculty-student mentorship. 

The fifth oldest university in New England, UVM boasts a legacy of important firsts in education: the first college to declare public support of freedom of religion and the first to admit women and African-Americans to Phi Beta Kappa.

Location

Burlington, VT (City/Urban)

Established

1791

Student Population

10,267

School Type

Public University
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Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell University

Established in 1846, Bucknell University is highly selective, private, nonsectarian, coeducational residential and undergraduate, with a small graduate program. Bucknell offers more than 50 majors and 65 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences.

A 9:1 student-faculty ratio means you will get to know your professors personally, and they will provide help and advice — and not just in class. There are many opportunities to become involved in your professors’ scholarly research and creative projects. With its green spaces, brick buildings and striking vistas, Bucknell’s 450-acre campus is a quintessential college environment in the heart of scenic central Pennsylvania.

Location

Lewisburg, PA (Small City)

Established

1846

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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High Point, NC

High Point University

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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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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Indianapolis, IN

Butler University

Butler University is a private, liberal arts institution located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Named the No. 1 Regional University in the Midwest in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings, Butler’s campus offers both small class sizes and big city perks. Bulldogs join a vibrant community of faculty mentors, internship and community partners, and fellow students who are empowered to look out for one another. Butler’s focus on hands-on, experiential learning and personal academic attention are just a few of the reasons why 98 percent of graduates are employed, attending grad school, or participating in a gap-year experience within 6 months of graduation. With 300+ park-like acres, two new state-of-the-art residence halls, and the excitement of BIG EAST athletics, Butler’s campus has it all.

Location

Indianapolis, IN (City/Urban)

Established

1855

Student Population

4,887

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 Liberal Arts
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Sydney, Australia

Macquarie University

Ranked as the 4th best student city in the world – and home to the regional headquarters of around 500 multinational companies – Sydney is the ultimate place to live and study.

Macquarie is uniquely located in the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct. Their park-like campus spans 126 hectares, with open spaces and state-of-the-art facilities that allow you to think, grow, achieve and affect change. Ranked among the top 2 percent of universities in the world, Macquarie University is considered one of Australia’s best universities, producing graduates that are among the most sought after professionals in the world.

Location

Sydney, Australia (City/Urban)

Established

1964

Student Population

41,000

School Type

Public University
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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)

Established

1852

Student Population

1,311

School Type

Private Liberal Arts
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North Andover, MA

Merrimack College

Merrimack College is an independent, private college in North Andover, MA with robust programs in business, education, science and engineering, health sciences and the liberal arts. Their mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives. 

Merrimack College is ranked in the top 50 Best Colleges, Regional Universities North. Students can now apply directly to Merrimack through the Verto Education application and receive an admission decision for this coming academic year.

Location

North Andover, MA (Mid-sized City)

Established

1947

Student Population

3,515

School Type

Private Liberal Arts
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Portland, OR

Portland State University

Portland State University is Oregon’s most diverse public university located in the heart of one of Americas most progressive cities. It offers more than 60 undergraduate programs in fine and performing arts, liberal arts and sciences, business administration, education, urban and public affairs, social work, engineering, and computer science.

The 50-acre downtown campus-with the motto “Let Knowledge Serve the City” places students in a vibrant center of culture, business, and technology. This allows students to participate in internships and community-based projects in these fields as well as education, social services, and government. Portland State’s award-winning University Studies curriculum provides small class sizes and peer mentoring for all first-year students and culminates in Senior Capstones.

Location

Portland, OR (City/Urban)

Established

1946

Student Population

21,848

School Type

Public University
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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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Portland, OR

Lewis & Clark College

Lewis & Clark is a residential college with over 150 years of global vision grounded in Pacific Northwest history. Their students are nurtured academically in small classes (average class size: 18) and are often able to apply their liberal arts education by participating in research with nationally recognized professors. Their location in vibrant, progressive Portland, Oregon, offers valuable internship and job opportunities along with countless cultural options. 

Lewis & Clark offers one of the strongest international education programs in the United States with over 60 percent of students studying overseas and a campus community that includes students from 75 countries. They welcome all who are alive to inquiry, open to diversity, and eager to shape this global century.

Location

Portland, OR (City/Urban)

Established

1867

Student Population

2,033

School Type

Private Liberal Arts
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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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Boulder, CO

Naropa University

Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. Informed by ancient Eastern educational philosophies, contemplative education at Naropa experiments with another way of knowing through its joining of rigorous liberal arts training and the disciplined training of the heart. It educates the whole person, cultivating academic excellence and contemplative insight in order to infuse knowledge with wisdom.

A Naropa education reflecting the interplay of discipline and delight prepares its graduates both to meet the world as it is and to change it for the better.

Location

Boulder, CO (Small City)

Established

1974

Student Population

374

School Type

Private Liberal Arts
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Boca Raton, FL

Lynn University

Lynn University is an independent college based in Boca Raton, Florida. U.S. News & World Report has named it among the most innovative and international universities. Lynn’s NCAA Division II Fighting Knights have won 24 national titles, its Conservatory of Music features a world-renowned faculty of performers and its nationally recognized Institute for Achievement and Learning empowers students with learning differences. The school’s Dialogues curriculum and award-winning iPad program help Lynn graduates gain the intellectual flexibility and global experience to fulfill their potential in an ever-changing world.

Lynn University’s mission is to provide an innovative, global and personalized education that enables students to realize their potential.

Location

Boca Raton, FL (Mid-sized City)

Established

1962

Student Population

3,093

School Type

Private
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Colchester, VT

Saint Michael’s College

Saint Michael’s College is a selective, fully residential Catholic college in Vermont’s beautiful Green Mountains. Founded in the great Catholic intellectual tradition that also recognizes the principles of social justice and compassion, Saint Michael’s is a close-knit community delivering internationally-respected liberal arts and graduate education near Burlington, one of the country’s best college towns.

Challenging classes, extensive faculty-student research and internships enable students to contemplate life’s deepest questions and mysteries from all directions. Among our graduates are a U.S. senator and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman. Our graduates enter the workforce and society ideally positioned to “do well and do good.”

Location

Colchester, VT (Suburban)

Established

1904

Student Population

2,077

School Type

Private Liberal Arts
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Memphis, Tennessee

Rhodes College

Rhodes is a top-tier national liberal arts college that positions students to meet the highest academic standards through hands-on mentorship and opportunities for real-world experience. One of the country’s most beautiful campuses, Rhodes is a supportive residential community that serves as a launch pad into the heart of Memphis and the world. Through small class sizes, community partnerships, research opportunities, and fellowships, Rhodes creates space for students to explore new perspectives and effect meaningful change.

Rhodes is profiled in The Princeton Review’s popular college guide, The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition, and ranks No. 10 for Most Accessible Professors and No. 16 for Most Engaged in Community Service.

Location

Memphis, TN (City/Urban)

Established

1848

Student Population

2,008

School Type

Private Liberal Arts
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Baltimore, MD

Goucher College

Goucher College is preparing its students for the jobs of the future. Located just outside of Baltimore, MD, the college focuses on helping students become self-directed learners who can delve into complex problems, learn from others with different views, and understand that the future is always evolving. Goucher is one of the only colleges in the U.S. to offer a 100% Study Abroad program and provides more than 60 opportunities in 32 countries and six continents. At Goucher, all students will experience a culture different than their own, creating a more accepting environment where everyone’s stories help to form a diverse community. Through Goucher’s innovative curriculum and community-based learning, students realize the impact they are capable of through social and environmental justice lenses.

Location

Baltimore, MD (Urban/Suburban)

Established

1885

Student Population

1,425

School Type

Private Liberal Arts
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Portland, Maine

University of Southern Maine

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is focused on becoming widely recognized as Maines metropolitan university, known for providing students with a high-quality, accessible and affordable education complemented by real-world learning experiences that prepare them for life after graduation and, in turn, contribute to the regions economy and quality of life. These experiences, in the form of internships, service-learning courses, practical and community service projects, are all essential parts of the USM experience. With campuses in the economic and population centers of Portland, Gorham and Lewiston-Auburn, USM continues to build partnerships with businesses, non-profits and governmental organizations throughout the region.

Location

Portland, ME (City/Urban)

Established

1878

Student Population

6,390

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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