Jeanne Lyet Gassman
Jun 4, 2014, 11:51 AM
Post #2618 of 2628
I was in the MFA in Writing program and a grad asst. in 2013. VCFA took control of the school (It used to be owned by Union Institute and University) while I was there and immediately began making improvements to the facilities. They've upgraded the beds in the dorms, installed window fans in every room, improved the quality of bedding, upgraded the bathrooms, and tackled the complaints about the food.
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The cafeteria now offers more specialized menus, including vegetarian and gluten-free. And I believe they recently added an onsite coffee shop. They also added an on-campus book store and gift shop.
As to travel, it depends on where you're coming from, I guess. I flew in from Arizona, so it was always a challenge to find good connections. I've flown into Burlington (a charming airport, btw) and into Manchester, CT (also charming) where a group of us rented a car and drove to Montpelier. It's an easy drive, but it takes over 2 hours, so it makes for a very long day if you're coming from the West.
The walk from the train station to the campus is a goodly hike--all uphill. You can take a cab, though. If you fly into Burlington, consider taking the Vermont Shuttle. Their main driver, Bob, will make all sorts of accommodations if you have flight delays, lost luggage, etc. The Shuttle runs 24 hours. I've had flight delays that brought me in hours and hours late to Burlington--sometimes at 2:00 a.m., and Bob was always there to pick me up. He dropped me off at the dorm and waited while I called Security to let me into my room. One year, a student's luggage was lost, and he took her to the Walmart on the way to Montpelier to pick up necessities.
Don't hesitate to talk to Louise or the staff at Vermont if you have problems or questions. They are all very helpful.