Realizing that many colleges face increased pressure to hold the line on spending while continuing to provide campus services, AVIC consolidates the purchasing power of the private, not-for-profit campuses in Vermont so that members may purchase select products at a discount.  AVIC offers optional group purchasing opportunities in a number of areas such as equipment leasing, office supplies, furniture, and insurance as well as access to the State of Vermont contract pricing.

Fast Facts

Vermont’s independent colleges and universities have a positive impact on Vermont communities and the state.

The independent colleges:

• Enroll nearly 19,000 students or 42% of all students enrolled in Vermont


• Confer 53% of the degrees awarded in Vermont each year


• 55% of our bachelor degree-seeking students graduate within four years compared to 39% at public institutions


• Offer associate degrees and certificate programs to retrain Vermont’s workforce


• Make access possible to baccalaureate degree programs throughout Vermont


• Enroll large numbers of Vermont students, as do the public colleges, but independent college students have more opportunities to learn with students from all parts of the country


• Provide 70% of Vermont’s teacher preparation programs


• Students at independent colleges annually contribute approximately 895,400 hours of volunteer time worth over $42 million. An estimated 88% of that time is with K-12 organizations


• Offer many educational, recreational, cultural opportunities free or at minimal cost to their communities