Whether you are passionate about the outdoors or drawn to the arts, the town of Johnson and its surroundings has lots for you to do. The college itself is located in the small town of Johnson, VT (population of about 3,200), overlooking the Lamoille River Valley and is surrounded by some of the highest mountains in Vermont, providing gorgeous 360 degree views throughout the year.
The Town of Johnson
A short walk down the hill to Johnson yields a number of places to eat and shop, including a cozy coffee shop, a bookstore, a grocery store, and the famous Johnson Woolen Mills and outlet store. And in addition to regular cultural exhibits and performances on campus, the Vermont Studio Center, an artists’ residency, invites the public to attend weekly art exhibits and readings given by nationally and internationally known writers and artists in all media.
The State of Vermont
With over 50,000 students enrolled in public and private universities and colleges, including a significant number of international students, scholars and professionals, Vermont is a great place to go to college. A small population (population of 623,050) and a primarily rural landscape makes Vermont one of the safest and — if we do say so ourselves — most beautiful states in the country. Among the things that make Vermont such a desirable destination for students, tourists, artists, environmentalists, and entrepreneurs is the way we balance the old and the new. We’ve got the classic, quaint New England towns; some of the best skiing and hiking in the northeast; a community-spirited, civic-minded population that values long-held traditions like Town Meeting Day while supporting cutting-edge efforts in environmentally sustainable technology; and we’ve got a long, well-established commitment to high-quality higher education.
Burlington and Montpelier
Burlington (population 39,000) is the largest city and urban cultural center in Vermont. The site of four colleges, an international airport, restaurants, movie theaters, nightclubs, cultural venues, and the Lake Champlain waterfront, Burlington attracts national names while retaining the laid-back, open-minded feel that is typical of the state. During the semester (excluding breaks), JSC students can travel to and from Burlington for free on our bio-diesel powered Badger Bullet bus.
The city of Montpelier (population 8,000) is the picturesque state capital located on the banks of the Winooski River. Though small, Montpelier is rich in character, and has a number of excellent bookstores, coffee shops and restaurants, shops and two movie theaters.