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Conferences and Special Events at Saint Michael's

Summer is an exceptional time to hold a conference, meeting, celebration or special event in Vermont. Saint Michael's College offers the perfect conference venue. On our campus, you'll find modern living and learning spaces, conference facilities with the latest technology, and vibrant, scenic surroundings that stimulate learning.

Conferees can take advantage of on-campus fitness, recreational, and entertainment opportunities - including Northern Vermont's professional summer theater, the Saint Michael's Playhouse. Because everything you need is within walking distance, you won’t even need to leave campus. But if you want to explore, there's plenty to see.

So if you're thinking of coming to Vermont this summer, consider Saint Michael's College. Our campus is available for conferences and special events year-round, but on-campus housing is available only in the summer, from Memorial Day Weekend through the first week of August.

Why Choose Saint Michael's College?

  • Excellent Vermont location, near downtown Burlington, Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains
  • A wide variety of housing, meeting, and dining options
  • Brand-new Cashman Conference Complex offering modern living/learning suites
  • Excellent campus support and amenities
  • Ample on-site parking
  • Safe and secure campus

Meeting Spaces

Saint Michael's campus has a wide range of meeting facilities to fit your group’s size and budget.

McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall
Capacity up to 337
Tiered, upholstered theater seating in an acoustically-rich theater environment ideal for lectures or performance.

Capacity 12 - 108
Many come with TV/VCR/DVD and LCD projectors, smartboards, and touchpad controls, or can be outfitted similarly.
(Our Information Technology department also maintains a section of our website that lists classroom technology at Saint Michael's.)

Hall of Fame Room
Capacity up to 40
Located in the Ross Sports Center.

Vermont Room
Capacity up to 60
Located in the Alliot Student Center and equipped with ceiling-mounted LCD projector.

Farrell Room
Capacity up to 52
An elegant meeting space, complete with mountain views.

International Commons
Capacity up to 80
Features a full kitchen. Ideal for banquets, rehearsal dinners or awards ceremonies. Can be divided into smaller rooms for breakout sessions.

Green Mountain Dining Room
Capacity up to 535
Ideal for larger banquets. Featuring catering by Sodexho.

Ross Sports Center
Ideal for major speakers, festivals or expositions. Standing capacity up to 2500. Seated capacity up to 3000.

Outdoor Events
Tents or canopies can be arranged for sports tournaments and other outdoor events. Recreational amenities such as tennis courts and our pool may also be available for rent.

Overnight Accommodations

Whether you're planning an executive business event or an inexpensive meeting, camp or retreat, Saint Michael's has the housing options to fit your needs - from double-occupancy dormitory rooms to suite-style townhouses and our new Cashman Conference Complex.

Townhouse Apartments

Townhouses range from four to six bedrooms and feature spacious living rooms and full kitchens.

Dining Options

All food service on the Saint Michael's campus is managed and overseen by Sodexo, a food service contractor offering both quality institutional dining plans and full catering capabilities. Sodexo also maintains and enforces all licenses to serve alcoholic beverages in campus locations.

Green Mountain Dining Room

The campus dining room in Alliot Hall serves three meals a day through the majority of the summer. Lunch and dinner services feature food stations designed to address diners’ varying tastes and to provide variety and interest.

There is a grill, a vegetarian station, a make-your-own sandwich station, a special-of-the-day station, a pizza and soup station, a salad bar and a dessert bar.

  • Full capacity: 500 seated; 1200 standing
  • Optional partial private dining area: 130 seated; 295 standing
  • One-, two- and three-meal a day packages available for conference guests

Catering Services

Sodexo will custom design a catered event in a variety of meeting and event spaces across campus and will design ongoing private dining service for Cashman Conference Center upon request. Their full-service catering menu is available for review.

Campus Amenities

Holding your conference or event on the campus of Saint Michael's College lets you take advantage of all that our campus has to offer.

440-acre campus

Supporting some 1900 undergraduates and an additional 600 graduate and 200 international students.

Durick Library

Includes over 280,000 volumes, 100,000 online and print periodicals, and 10,000 video and audio items. Magazines, newspapers, and recent best sellers for leisure reading are located on the main floor. Internet access available.

Saint Michael's Playhouse

As Greater Burlington's Professional Summer Theatre, the Playhouse offers a full summer season of professional theater featuring Broadway and emerging talent.

Saint Michael's Chapel

Operated by the Society of Saint Edmund, the order of priests who founded Saint Michael's College in 1904. The chapel is the largest Catholic church in Vermont, seating about 1000 people. Mass is held daily.

Ross Sports Center/Tarrant Recreation Center

Use of recreational facilities can be arranged for conference groups. Tarrant Recreation Facilities include indoor tennis/basketball/volleyball courts, a squash court, three racquetball courts, a fitness/free-weight room, an aerobics/dance studio, a natural rock indoor climbing wall, and a 1/8-mile suspended indoor track. The adjacent Ross Sports Center contains basketball courts, a swimming pool, locker rooms, and a training room.

Ample on-site parking

Guests who register their vehicles with Campus Security upon arrival are entitled to free on-campus parking throughout their stay. Handicap spaces are available in key locations, and all academic buildings are handicap accessible.

Safe and secure campus

Saint Michael’s campus is patrolled around the clock by our campus police.

Nearby Health Services

During the summer, health services are available to conference participants at the Fanny Allen Health Center, across the street from the campus. Saint Michael's is also home to our own all-student, all-volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad.

Laundry Services

Washers and dryers are available in the basement of most residence halls.

Business Services

Print Shop: Our on-campus Print Shop welcomes your bulk copying and quick-print offset printing jobs, with sufficient advance notice to accommodate your needs. The Print Shop is located in the basement of Joyce Hall, or accessible by calling 802.654.2522.

Computer Availability

Computers and Internet access may be available if arranged in advance of your stay.

Campus store

On the first floor of Alliot Hall, our campus store carries day-to-day necessities from daily newspapers, snacks, and drinks, to greeting cards, clothing, and toiletries (not to mention, books.)


An ATM is located just outside the campus store in the Alliot Student Center.

Technology Services

Most meeting and event spaces and most residence locations offer high-speed Internet access, free wi-fi, and are or can be outfitted to meet your technology and audio-visual needs. We encourage conference organizers to communicate directly with our technology specialists in advance of their arrival to ensure that you and we have thoroughly planned to meet your needs. We offer: LCD projectors with laptops, LCD projectors with VCRs, microphones, powered and regular podiums, TVs, VCRs and DVD players, overhead projectors, table lecterns, flip charts, dry-erase boards, and more. Some of our computer lab spaces may be rented, with prior arrangements.


Mail services are available on campus, and overnight services are available nearby.

Welcome to Vermont!

Close to downtown Burlington and the Lake Champlain waterfront, the Saint Michael's College campus strikes the perfect balance between the bustle of a busy college town and a retreat in the shadow of Vermont's spectacular Green Mountains.

Getting Here

Saint Michael's College is easy to reach by air, rail or car. Our campus is just 3 miles from Burlington International Airport (BTV), five miles from Amtrak's Essex Junction, VT station, and a morning’s drive from Boston, Montreal, or New York City. Visit our driving directions page for specific routes.

The City of Burlington

Just west of campus and dubbed one of the most livable cities with one of the nation's most vibrant downtowns, Burlington beckons residents and travelers of all ages. There are four college campuses in town, including the University of Vermont. The Church Street Marketplace, open to pedestrian traffic only, offers up hip new music and dining options, as well as homegrown boutique and national retail shopping, in an historic cobblestone-street setting.

You can tour the waterfront on a chartered sail or tour boat, or sit on benches along the waterfront and watch the city’s renowned summer sunsets. For more information on Burlington and Lake Champlain, visit www.vermont.org.

Four-Season Recreation

After hours or on weekends, Saint Michael's is the perfect place to launch your exploration of Vermont and the great outdoors, whether you are up for a stroll down an historic village main street, or a wilderness hike into the mountains on Vermont's famed Long Trail. Our campus also lies within 45-minutes of some of the East Coast's most popular ski resorts, including the Stowe Mountain Resort and Sugarbush Ski Resort; and they’re not just winter attractions. At the Stowe Mountain Resort you can drive up Mount Mansfield for superb views of the valley below, or whoosh down the 2,300-foot alpine slide on Spruce Peak. The village of Stowe is itself an internationally known travel destination, with upscale shops and restaurants.

North of Burlington lies Vermont's Northeast Kingdom - with pristine roadways and hiking and biking trails and quaint country inns. To the south you’ll find Montpelier, the nation’s smallest capital city, and southwest is Addison County, an agricultural valley that stretches from the mountains to the lake.

For those intrigued by history or the arts, Vermont's small towns abound with the lore of their historic residents - from Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys to Vanderbilt and Rockefeller estates - and the lure of antique and crafts shops that dot the roadways.

For more information:

Lake Champlain Area Chamber of Commerce
Church Street Marketplace -- downtown Burlington
Comprehensive Vermont Ski Resorts information
For additional Vermont links, check the Yahoo! listing

We’re here to help!

Our professional event planners will work with you to create a memorable event. We offer one-stop coordination, and will put together whatever type of package you need, including housing, meeting rooms, dining options, and more. We also know the surrounding area well, and are happy to recommend restaurants and shops, and to arrange tours of local attractions.

If you're interested in hosting a conference, meeting, or event on campus, you may contact us in one of the following ways:

Fill out this form to give us details of your event, and one of our event planners will contact you, or contact us directly at:

Mark Litchfield, Director for Conferences and Special Events

John Hill, Conferences and Special Events Coordinator

Phone: 802.654.2615
Saint Michael's College
One Winooski Park, Box 262
Colchester, Vermont 05439

For room reservations, Saint Michael’s staff, faculty, and students may use our online campus scheduling system.

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