Special Academic Offerings

A Southern Vermont College education helps expand your horizons to see that there is more to education, more to life, more to learning. The College offers a variety of special programs that assist students with their education.

Individualized Degree Programs

Students with special academic interests and career goals may formulate their own degree programs from courses within the scope of the College's academic offerings. The individualized degree program is appropriate for students who have completed college-level work elsewhere.


SVC provides the opportunity for Nursing and Radiologic Sciences students to engage in simulation learning in low- and high-fidelity simulation laboratories in our Healthcare Education Center. Simulation learning allows learners to practice collaborative learning, which enhances their cognitive, social and leadership skills. Within the laboratory setting, learners are able to practice providing care (from birth to adulthood and beyond) on anatomically correct patient simulators in the safety of a simulated practice setting. They participate in computer-programmed simulation of complex medical, surgical, pediatric and psychiatric emergencies. Learners also engage in computer simulated conversations to practice interviewing and therapeutic communication. The simulation laboratory setting allows for repetition of difficult skills and the opportunity to practice unusual scenarios that a learner may face in real-life, clinical situations. Equipped with advanced audio and visual technology, recording of simulation scenarios allows for group debriefing with discussion, analysis and evaluation.

Alpha Chi

Alpha Chi is a national honor recognition society with over 300 chapters. The Vermont Delta Chapter number 351 was installed at Southern Vermont College in 1999. Alpha Chi admits students from all academic disciplines. Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of an institution's juniors, seniors and graduate students. For more information on Alpha Chi, go to http://AlphaChiHonor.org.


Full-time students who have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.8 for both the fall and spring semesters in an academic year, consecutively, are placed on the President's List. Those students included on the President's List have completed at least 12 credits of graded course work with no incomplete or grades below C at the close of each semester.


Each semester, full-time students who have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.25 are placed on the Provost's List. Those students included on the Provost's List have completed at least 12 credits of graded course work with no incompletes or grades below C- at the close of the semester.

Commendation List

Part-time students who have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.25 and completed between 6 and 11 credits of graded course work with no incomplete or grades below C- at the close of the semester are named to the Commendation List.

graduation honors

Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Valedictorian and salutatorian are two of the highest distinctions our students may be awarded upon graduation. The honor of valedictorian and salutatorian may only be awarded to students who have graduated in the previous fall semester or are graduating at the end of the spring semester; students participating in commencement ceremonies but not graduating until the following summer semester may not earn this honor. The valedictorian is the graduating student with the highest cumulative GPA while the salutatorian is the graduating student with the second highest cumulative GPA. The CGPA used to determine this honor is calculated at the end of the previous fall semester; final grades for the spring semester do not impact the awarding of this honor. If there is a tie in CGPA for either valedictorian or salutatorian, it will be reviewed by the Academic Standards and Policy Committee; the number of graded credits earned at SVC may be used as a tie-breaker or the committee may decide to award both students the honor.

Latin Honors
Students who participate in SVC’s commencement ceremony may be recognized by excellent academic performance with traditional Latin honors based on their cumulative GPA as it stands at the end of the previous fall semester as follows:

•    3.75+ CGPA – Summa Cum Laude;
•    3.50-3.74 CGPA – Magna Cum Laude; and
•    3.25-3.49 CGPA – Cum Laude.

Study Abroad

Southern Vermont College students wishing to study abroad are required to do so through a program sponsored by an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning.

Study abroad is recommended for the spring semester of the junior year or for the summer between the junior and senior year. Students must apply for permission to study abroad from the Provost by filing an application which identifies the course work that will be completed at the foreign institution and for which degree requirements those courses will substitute. The student should work with his or her academic advisor in selecting an appropriate study abroad program, in the selection of course work, and in identifying how the course work will be applied toward an SVC degree. A student must request a leave-of-absence for the semester he or she will be abroad.

Study abroad, the course work, and its application to an SVC degree must be approved by the Provost prior to the student leaving for the abroad semester. Approval is valid only for the semester requested. Failure to obtain approval and to make a request for a leave of absence can impact a student's financial aid status and degree progression.

Information regarding study abroad programs can be obtained from the Office of Academic Affairs.

Independent Study

Independent study is restricted to degree requirements necessary for degree progression. Eligible students may pursue independent studies of courses in the College Catalogue, under the supervision of faculty members.


The term "service-learning" means a living-and-learning mode of enquiry:

  • under which students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences that meet actual community needs and course learning objectives;
  • that is integrated into the student's academic curriculum or provides structured time for a student to think, talk, or write about what was done during the service activity;
  • that enhances what is taught in class by extending student learning beyond the classroom and into the community and helps foster the development of a service to others; and
  • that provides students with opportunities to use newly acquired skills and knowledge in real-life situations in their own communities.

Read more


Internships provide students with the opportunity to apply theories learned in the classroom to practical field work experiences in businesses and agencies. Internships may lead to regular employment after graduation. To qualify for the internship program, students must have earned 30 credit hours and at least a 2.0 GPA and obtain approval from their faculty advisor and the Internship Coordinator, who coordinates internships. Learn more.