The University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, or simply "The University of Vermont," is a public university located in Burlington, Vermont. The university was chartered at the impetus of Ira Allen in 1791, under the name "University of the Green Mountains," or in Latin Universitas Viridis Montis (UVM), and is the sixth oldest college in New England, after Brown University (1764), Castleton State College (1787), Dartmouth College (1769), Harvard College (1636), and Yale University (1701). Ira Allen founded the University the year Vermont achieved statehood and ceased being the Vermont Republic. In 1865, the university merged with Vermont Agricultural College (chartered November 22, 1864, after the passage of the Land-Grant College Act). The official name of the combined entity has been "The University of Vermont and State Agricultural College" ever since. UVM is known for its programs in the biological, environmental, agriculture and life sciences. The school's sports teams are called the Catamounts, any of various feline animals such as a mountain lion, cougar or puma. UVM is one of only two schools in the United States with this unique mascot, the other being Western Carolina University in North Carolina. The school colors are green and gold. Soccer, lacrosse, hockey and basketball are the school's primary spectator sports. Field play takes place at the school's Centennial Field.
The men's basketball team defeated Syracuse University in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament, earning their first victory in three consecutive trips to the event. Although the Catamounts won the America East Conference (2007) and made their fifth straight championship game appearance, they lost to Albany in the conference tournament and settled for a bid in the 2007 NIT.