History

Founded in 1787, Castleton is the oldest college or university in Vermont and the 18th oldest in the country. With 2,100 students (1,900 full-time undergraduate), Castleton is small enough to be a community where individuals matter, yet large enough to offer a diverse and challenging curriculum with more than 30 academic programs. 

Castleton has a rich athletic tradition and with 28 varsity programs has committed itself to providing its students with the very best in small college athletics. The school has experienced postseason success going all the way back to 1963 when the Castleton men’s soccer team finished the season as the NAIA National Co-Champions.

In more recent history, 12 different programs have won their conference championship and/or earned a berth in a NCAA Postseason Tournament since the fall of 2008. During the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons alone, 13 teams reached their respective NCAA National Tournament and 15 different programs had an athlete named Conference Player or Rookie of the Year. Throughout the 2014-15 school year, four teams won conference championships and nine finished first or second in their respective conference.

In 2018, Castleton joined the Little East Conference, becoming the ninth member and first expansion institution in 20 years.