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Welcome to Paradise

We are located in Montpelier, the capital of Vermont.

This small but bustling town boasts a wide variety of restaurants, bookstores, boutiques, theaters, sporting events, and other entertainment options within walking distance of campus.

Vermont is where you learn the true value of the best ingredients. Tradition and scale — small farms and artisanal producers — contribute to a food philosophy that honors creativity and sustainability. Using seasonal foods, creating artisanal foods, and cooking from scratch have been practiced here for generations, and form an important part of the Vermont economy. There’s no such thing as homogenous or generic in Vermont.

Have we mentioned that Vermont is also stunningly beautiful? Pick your season and your favorite way to relax. You name it, we’ve got it: Skiing, kayaking, hiking, canoeing; woods, mountains, lakes and rivers.

Montpelier offers a fun downtown scene. You will find a variety of eateries and pubs, intimate movie theaters, independent bookstores, and a mix of locally owned shops.  

We encourage students to be vocal and suggest activities or special interests!  We look for student generated ideas each term.  Some past or sample activities, events and groups have included:


Activities & Events:

  • Apple/Berry Picking
  • Bowling
  • Games Night
  • Cooking Competitions
  • Discover Vermont Field Trips
  • Student vs. Faculty/Staff Athletic Contests (basketball, wiffleball, kickball, etc.)
  • Farmers Market trips
  • Food & Wine Field Trips
  • Hike for Hunger Fundraiser & Hike
  • Holiday Dances and Themed Events
  • Movie Night
  • Montreal and Boston Field Trips
  • Career/externship Fair
  • Hiking/Biking/Rafting trips
  • Paintball
  • Palate Challenge              
  • Recipe Contests
  • Ski/Snow Boarding Field Trips

Special Interest Groups:

  • ACF (American Culinary Federation)
  • Artisan Bread
  • Uncorked! (Wine Tasting)
  • NECI Alliance (Diversity)  
  • Breakfast Club (Philosophy)
  • Say Cheese (production, tasting, etc)
  • CIRG (Culinary Interest Research Group & Demos)
  • Gardening
  • Gastronomy Tech
  • On Tap (Beer Brewing/Tasting)
  • NECI SLOW Food (Sustainability)
  • Student Council (Student Government)

*All student events are communicated via NECI e-mail and the NECI calendar of events.