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Green Mountain College to close because of falling enrollment

POULTNEY, Vt. (NEWS10) - A shock for some students at a liberal arts college in Vermont who learned their historic institution is shutting its doors.

After 185 years, Green Mountain College in Poultney is closing after the spring semester, and students are upset and disappointed.

A dense fog shrouds a historic college making the picturesque campus as unclear as its students' futures.

“I pictured walking across that stage with a diploma in my hand; now I’m not, so it’s hard to process at this point,” student Ashley Wetherby said.
Wetherby, along with about 800 other students, learned a day ago that Green Mountain College will soon cease to exist. A letter from the college president cites low enrollment.

“We need more answers, we want more answers, and we’re all going through the grief of a school we love is no longer going to exist,” she said.

A college spokesperson told NEWS10 ABC no one in the administration is available to go on camera. First generation college student Julia Avaia says she’s been blindsided.

“I wanted to do so much here and now that they say they’re closing at the end of May is kind of like all my plans are gone,” she said.

The art major from California will have to complete her senior year elsewhere and wishes she was given more notice.

“Everyone’s pretty mad. Everyone is disappointed in the administration under the table for so long,” she said.

The letter from the college touts its accomplishments in social and environmental sustainability.

Students NEWS10 spoke with say they have no regrets about spending part of their college careers there. Students in good standing are being given the option of transferring to several schools, including Paul Smith’s and Castleton.

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