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Champlain College

Burlington, Vermont

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college situated in the heart of Burlington, Vermont, overlooking scenic Lake Champlain. In addition to its main campus in Burlington, Champlain College has two international campuses: one in Montreal, Canada, and one in Dublin, Ireland. Many of the College’s residence halls are restored Victorian-era mansions, which give students a unique atmosphere to learn and live. Champlain’s distinctive, career-focused approach to education also prepares students to become skilled practitioners, effective professionals, and engaged global citizens from their very first semester.


At Champlain, students are invited to pursue their passions, showcase their individuality and forge their ideal future, through 29 career-focused majors, 22 minors, and 30 specializations. Champlain also offers over 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. With small class sizes and a 13:1 student/faculty ratio, every Champlain degree is built on a foundation of uncompromising academic excellence. Champlain’s agile and entrepreneurial approach to higher education uniquely blends technology, leadership, market savvy, innovation and fiscal responsibility with a commitment to liberal learning, community involvement and “the human touch.”  

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
3,124 undergraduate students
74% of undergrad students are full time
60% male — 40% female
85% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
107 full-time faculty
262 part-time faculty
14 to 1 student/faculty ratio

School Location

Champlain College is located in the beautiful Hill Section of Burlington, Vermont. Burlington is frequently cited in national publications and opinion polls, earning titles such as “#1 College Town” in America, one of “The Top 10 Cities for Career Opportunities” and the “Healthiest City in Vermont.” Burlington is a 2-hour drive to Montreal, 3.5-hour drive to Boston, 5.5-hour drive to New York City and is well served by bus, train and air transportation.
Burlington has the look, feel, charm and friendliness of a small town, but the lifestyle, music, food, arts and sports scenes radiate a big-city, urban vibe.
The epicenter of the city is a four-block, cobblestoned, outdoor marketplace cordoned off exclusively for pedestrians. The place hops. Street performers, cart vendors and outdoor eatery seating enliven the well-balanced distribution of national storefronts (like Macy’s, Banana Republic and Urban Outfitters) among an eclectic roster of locally owned shops.
The downtown waterfront and community park offers 900 feet of pristine lakeshore and a magnificent boardwalk, built for strolling, biking, blading, running and just sitting on a bench and watching a beautiful sunset over the Adirondack Mountains.


80% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)


57% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 2%
White 68%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 6%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 16%


Champlain has extensive intramural and recreational sports programs. Intramural sports include dodge ball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, flag football, Ultimate Frisbee and tennis. Recreational sports teams include ice hockey, rugby and lacrosse. Learn more at

Academic Programs

Robert P. Stiller School of Business Majors
In the Robert P. Stiller School of Business, students receive an education that instills a foundation of key business knowledge and skills in their major, supported by extensive hands-on experience in the real business world. Through market-relevant majors and specializations with an unrivaled experiential education, the Robert P. Stiller School of Business delivers on a promise to educate students to be well-prepared, confident business leaders valued by employers. Learn more at
– Accounting (BS)
– Business Administration (BSBA)
– Finance (BS)
– Game Production Management (BS) 
– International Business (BS)
– Management & Innovation (BS)

Communication & Creative Media Majors
In the Division of Communication & Creative Media, students become part of a community known for pushing the boundaries of professional potential in these dynamic fields. Students will not only learn how to push their creative boundaries, but also get a practical education on how to position themselves for success and thrive as professionals in the real world. 
– Broadcast Media Production (BS)
– Communication (BS)
– Creative Media (BFA)
– Filmmaking (BFA)
– Game Art & Animation (BS)
– Game Design (BS)
– Graphic Design & Digital Media (BFA)
– Professional Writing (BS)

Education & Human Studies Majors
In the Division of Education & Human Studies, students will be making a difference in the world years before they graduate, through the extensive field opportunities, practicums and internships built into each program’s curriculum. Students will have a wide-range of experience working with and observing professionals in their field, so they’ll know how the work gets done in the real world. Learn more at
– Criminal Justice (BS)
– Early Childhood / Elementary Teacher Education (BS)
– Environmental Policy (BS)
– Law (BA)
– Middle School Teacher Education (BS)
– Psychology (BS)
– Secondary Teacher Education (BS)
– Social Work (BSW)

Information Technology & Sciences Majors
Change is the defining feature in any technology field—which makes this arena as challenging as it is exciting. The Division of Technology & Sciences teaches students to become problem-solvers, systems thinkers and futurists giving them unparalleled preparation for a world of technology yet unimagined. They will always be learning current, career-specific technology by working directly with the latest equipment, software and systems. Learn more at
– Computer & Digital Forensics (BS)
– Computer Information Technology (BS)
– Computer Networking & Cybersecurity (BS)
– Computer Science & Innovation (BS)
– Data Analytics (BS) 
– Game Programming (BS)
– Radiography (AS)

Internships: Real-World Advantage

Thanks to Champlain’s Upside-Down Curriculum, many students become internship ready early in their college career. A full 95% of Champlain’s students complete one or more internships by graduation. Multiple internships give students a depth and breadth of professional experience, which is a tremendous competitive advantage when starting out in the job market or applying to top-tier graduate schools. Learn more at

Study Abroad: A World of Opportunity

One of Champlain’s goals is to ensure that all students graduate prepared to be global citizens and leaders.

It starts inside the classroom. The faculty at Champlain incorporates international experience into their course curriculums—from traveling to Nicaragua for service work with human rights class to pen-palling with students in South Africa to discuss Nelson Mandela’s legacy.

During junior year, all students are encouraged to engage in a study-abroad experience at one of Champlain’s international campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland; at one of Champlain’s Global Partner programs in Auckland, New Zealand; Shanghai, China; Ifrane, Morocco; Florence, Rome and Tuscania, Italy; or Buenos Aires, Argentina; or in another country through a third-party, study-abroad partner. Learn more at

Service Learning

Students in Champlain College’s Education and Human Studies Division benefit from service learning, which is used as an instructional strategy that blends community service with academic learning. Emphasis is placed on reflection, active student participation, and connecting the curriculum to the real world.

Community Service


Champlain isn’t just a place to earn a degree—it’s also where students learn how to be responsible, respectful, engaged citizens. The Center for Service and Civic Engagement Office’s (CSCE) mission is to provide the encouragement, resources and support that allow students, faculty and staff to connect with the community—on local, national and global levels—through leadership, service, mentorship, partnership, reflection and dialogue.

Upside-Down Curriculum

The Upside-Down Curriculum is a unique educational approach that allows students to take essential courses and begin experiencing their major starting in their first semester. The Upside-Down Curriculum allows students to take as many as six classes in their major during their first year at Champlain and to get internships earlier. With this approach, students have four full years to develop the skills essential for success in their defined career. Learn more at

Education in Three Dimensions

Champlain is consistently recognized for its unique approach to academics because of the three dimensions of Champlain’s career-focused education. This three-tiered academic approach encompasses the career, academic and practical knowledge students will need to grow personally and professionally and thrive in an ever-changing world.

The Major Dimension

Champlain offers 29 career-focused majors that are developed with industry experts to ensure students receive an education that prepares them to jump right into the workforce. Specializations, minors and co-curricular activities allow students to tailor their educational experience to their specific career goals. If students are unsure of which major to pursue, Champlain’s Upside-Down Curriculum will allow them to explore their options starting in their first semester. Learn more at

The Core Dimension

The Core curriculum is Champlain’s innovative liberal arts education; it’s a key part of what helps Champlain uniquely prepare students for success. As students take courses in humanities, sciences and economics, they’ll explore important themes that form the foundation for critical thinking and superior communication skills. Students will leave Champlain not just as experts in their fields, but as well-rounded global citizens primed to be intellectual leaders in the professional world. Learn more at

The Life Experience & Action Dimension (LEAD)

LEAD is Champlain’s life-management education. Through the LEAD curriculum, students learn and apply many of the practical, financial, administrative and interpersonal skills they’ll need to help them create and enjoy a well-managed, thoughtful and meaningful life. Learn more at


Within the classroom, students will have the benefit of being taught by excellent educators who also have extensive experience working in the fields they teach. They bring tremendous insight into how real-world industry works to each and every class. Champlain’s professors also inspire students to think harder, challenge their assumptions and expand their intellectual and professional horizons.

Personal Attention

Champlain’s professors are truly passionate about what they do and are personally invested in how much students learn. The focus of every professor in each course is on stimulating students’ academic growth and developing their career potential. Students are never taught by a teaching assistant or lost in a sea of faces in a cavernous lecture hall. Champlain’s average class size is 17 students, and the student/faculty ratio is 13:1. Students notice right away how the small class sizes enable professors to draw each student into class discussions.

Insider Advantage

Because Champlain’s professors have deep professional experience in the subject fields they teach, they add tremendous value to the classroom learning—and their extensive industry contacts provide students a huge advantage when they are ready to take on an internship or enter the field.


Champlain’s Centers of Excellence are on-campus, experiential learning centers where students get real-world career experience before they graduate. Centers include the Build Your Own Business (BYOBiz®) program, the Senator Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigation, the Emergent Media Center® and the Champlain College Publishing Initiative. Lean more at

As soon as students arrive at Champlain, they feel the energy of being on one of America’s most beautiful campuses, in one of America’s most stunningly beautiful cities. Beyond their residence halls, a world of education, entertainment and adventure awaits: concerts, dances, student-life adventure trips, foreign film festivals, guest speaker events, networking opportunities and other happenings on campus—and that’s not including all the things going on in the City of Burlington.

At Champlain, students will find far more than a typical “college lifestyle.” Campus life at Champlain is about living a style of life—a life that’s fun, full, meaningful, surprising, entertaining, healthy, diverse, memorable and in line with your academic and professional goals. In short, life at this small college is BIG. Learn more at

A Creative Community

Unofficial, spontaneous events occur all over campus throughout the academic year—longboarding the outskirts of campus; snowboarding on the hill behind Perry Hall; heart-felt fundraisers for worthy causes; a week-long, campus-wide game of “Humans vs. Zombies”; and other creative diversions, courtesy of Champlain’s collective imagination.

Weekend Activities

Champlain’s Weekend Activities Planner’s (WAP) entire job description is to plan fun and exciting events on the weekends: Video game tournaments, trips to ski resorts, ice-climbing, maple sugaring and jet boating are just a few examples.

Activities Fair

At the start of the school year, everyone turns out for the Student Activities Fair, where they find out about the many clubs, groups and special-interest organizations available. There is something for everyone and every interest, including cultural, civic, music, tech, film, social and fitness opportunities.


Champlain has been in the business of providing a career-focused education since 1878. Champlain’s comprehensive approach to professional readiness is systematically orchestrated and passionately administered through Champlain College’s Career Collaborative.
Career Collaborative is where emerging talent and professional networking meet. Extending far beyond the College itself, Career Collaborative is the Champlain organization that leverages all of the career-focused academic programs and connects students with practical, hands-on, relevant experiential learning opportunities. It is the ultimate career and employer resource and is one of the main factors that contributes to Champlain’s successful career outcomes for graduates year after year.

Active Partnerships

Career Collaborative’s active partnerships are part of its strategic, pragmatic approach to the professional readiness of students. Champlain’s faculty, staff and external stakeholders help the Career Collaborative act as engaged participants on behalf of and alongside students in their employment preparation process. Champlain’s alumni and parents are resources as informational and experiential networks that students can access for career development. Champlain’s relationships with employers and recruiters assist in furthering the employment potential and careers of students and alumni.

Career Directors

Career Collaborative’s resident, subject-matter career experts begin supporting the professional success of all students from day one. They help locate career-relevant, experiential learning and employment opportunities, as well as make meaningful connections with employer networks. They also host career education SMARTalks, industry speaker presentations, and coordinate employer site and recruitment visits.

internship & Career Fairs

The high level of support Career Collaborative provides to ensure students secure meaningful internships early on in their college career is an important differentiator of Champlain’s distinctive career-focused approach to higher education. Champlain’s annual Internship & Career Fair offers students, alumni and employer partners the chance to meet and discuss goals and opportunities while building professional networks. Multiple internships are the key to success for many students who find employment relevant to their career goals upon graduation or gain admission to graduate school.




5,593 Total Applicants
3,589 Total Admissions
630 Total Freshmen Enrollment

64.17% of applicants admitted


  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 520 630
SAT Math 510 620
SAT Writing 490 600
ACT Composite 23 29
ACT Math 21 28
ACT English 21 29
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $32,800
Fees $100
Total $32,900
Room and Board (on campus) $13,750
Room Only $8,500
Board Only $5,250
Estimated Total On Campus $46,650


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

95% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
67% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$14,269 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$8,755 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates


Each year over 85% of Champlain College students receive more than $25 million in both need- and merit-based Champlain scholarships. Champlain’s merit-based scholarships are awarded automatically upon a student’s admission. To be eligible for need-based scholarships from the College, federal and state grants, loans and on-campus jobs, student’s need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at For more information on scholarships and how to apply for aid, visit

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