Saint Michael's College

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Group.png Saint Michael's College  
Saint Michael's College seal.png
MottoQuis ut Deus
Type• Private
• Roman Catholic
• liberal arts
Other namePurple Knights
Private Roman Catholic liberal arts college in Vermont.

Saint Michael's College (St. Mikes or Saint Michael's) is a private, Roman Catholic, liberal arts college in Colchester, Vermont. Saint Michael's was founded in 1904 by the Society of Saint Edmund.


In 1889, priests from the Society of Saint Edmund fled to the United States after widespread anticlericism seized France. In 1904, they opened Saint Michael's Institute with an initial investment of $5,000. Thirty-four students aged 10 to 22 enrolled, with a tuition and board fee of $105. Slowly, the school discontinued its high school program. Gradually, the school transitioned from an academy to a traditional residential college. In 1939, graduate programs were offered for the first time.

Saint Michael's Playhouse was opened in 1947, bringing professional summer theater to Vermont, giving students the chance to work behind the scenes.

Before the 1950s, classes at Saint Michael's were small, just a few dozen Michaelmen in any class. In the 1950s, the college expanded to hundreds of students per class. To manage the influx of GI Bill students after World War II, Saint Michael's acquired temporary housing in the form of military barracks from Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester.[1] In the 1950s, the college began a building program that established the red brick architectural style that permeates campus today.

In the 1950s, freshmen were required to wear a dress shirt, coat and tie to every class and for the evening meal. All dorm students said the rosary before retiring.[2]

Saint Michael's Applied Linguistics Department was started in 1954, focusing on teaching English to students from around the world.

About 130 refugees from the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 came to the college. Most of them, already well-educated, came to learn English.[2]

In April 1970, the Board of Trustees approved a proposal by then-president Bernard Boutin to become a co-educational institution. In 1972, the first four female graduates of Saint Michael's received their degrees.[3]


An Alumnus on Wikispooks

Patrick Leahy31 March 1940


  1. "Transformation," Rev. Ray Doherty, SSE, Celebrating a Century, page 24, 2003. ISBN 0-9718323-2-3
  2. a b Burlington Free Press, June 14, 2009, page 4C. "Reunion:Class of '50 looks back". Tim Johnson
  3. Celebrating a Century, Saint Michael's College, 2003 ISBN 0-9718323-2-3
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