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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, and 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, giving students a unique atmosphere in which 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 28 career-focused majors, 29 minors, and 29 specializations. Champlain also offers over 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. With small class sizes and a 14:1 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 2016 Enrollment
2,263 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full-time
62% male — 38% female
78% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
110 full-time faculty
169 part-time faculty
14 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
95% of first-year students live on campus
69% of all students live on campus

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 such titles as “#1 College Town” in America, one of “The Top Tech Hubs in the Nation,” 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 its 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 that is 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, The Gap, 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 to watch the beautiful sunset over the Adirondack Mountains. There is also easy access to an 8-mile lakefront recreation path.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences  
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Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
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Diversity/Global Learning X
Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X


82% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full-time, first-time freshmen)


62% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 2%
White 72%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 14%


Champlain has extensive intramural and recreational sports programs. Intramural and club sports include: dodge ball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, flag football, Ultimate Frisbee, ping-pong, Wiffleball, kickball, Quidditch, rugby, hockey, and others. 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)
– Marketing (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. Learn more at
– 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 Networking & Cybersecurity (BS)
– Computer Science & Innovation (BS)
– Data Analytics (BS) 
– Game Programming (BS)

Internships: Real-World Advantage

Thanks to Champlain’s Upside-Down Curriculum, many students become internship-ready early in their college careers. Nearly 90% of Champlain’s students complete one or more internships by graduation. Multiple internships give students a depth and breadth of professional experience, 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 incorporate international experience into their course curricula—from traveling to Nicaragua for service work with a class on human rights 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; or nearly anywhere in the world, including New Zealand, China, Italy, Argentina, South Africa, and Scotland. 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. With a focus on social justice and pressing social issues that impact all EHS professionals, students are well prepared for life beyond college.


Champlain isn’t just a place to earn a degree—it’s also where students learn how to be responsible, respectful, and engaged citizens. There are many different campus and community programs that encourage students to make a difference, both on campus and within the greater communities of which they are a part. Through the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, the Women’s & Gender Center, Sustain Champlain, and the Center for Service & Sustainability, students can explore such issues as social justice; cross-cultural communication; leadership and empowerment; and gender identity and sexual orientation. They can also get involved in service projects, events, and activities that work to affect change in the world.


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Drama/theatre X
International Student Organization X
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Literary magazine X
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Musical theatre X
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Radio station X
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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. Not only does its format allow students to get into internships earlier, but it also makes it possible to take as many as six classes in one’s major during their first year at Champlain. 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 due to the three dimensions of the College’s career-focused education. This three-tiered academic approach encompasses the career, academic, and practical knowledge students need to grow personally and professionally to thrive in an ever-changing world.

The Major Dimension

Champlain offers 28 career-focused majors that are developed with industry experts to ensure students 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. And, for students who are unsure of which major to pursue, Champlain’s Upside-Down Curriculum allows them to explore their options throughout and beyond 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 the humanities, the sciences, and economics, they explore important themes that form a foundation for critical thinking and superior communication skills. Students leave Champlain not just as experts in their fields, but also as well-rounded, global citizens who are primed to be intellectual leaders in the professional world. Learn more at

Career Flagship Program (formerly the Life Experience & Action Dimension (LEAD) Program)

Champlain’s distinctive Career Flagship Program equips students with the career readiness and personal financial skills to ensure their successful transition from college to career. The four-year, curriculum-embedded program works alongside students’ major and the Core curriculum in order to enable practical, hands-on learning through professional workshops (Career SMARTalks), seminars, lectures, company visits, and employer information sessions. Students also participate in internships, field experiences, and career-building opportunities early on, taking advantage of cutting-edge recruiting technologies to fast-track and target their job search. Plus, students also learn how to manage their money in the future and create a plan to pay back any student loans. Learn more at


Within the classroom, students have the benefit of being taught by excellent educators who also have extensive experience working in the fields they teach. They bring to each of their classes some tremendous insight into how their respective real-world industries work. 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 assistants, nor are they lost in a sea of faces in a cavernous lecture hall. Champlain’s average class size is 16 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. 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. Better yet, 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 at which 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 Center for Publishing (formerly the Champlain College Publishing Initiative). Lean more at


Arts/fine arts  
Computer literacy  
English (including composition)  
Foreign languages  
Sciences (biological or physical)  
Social science  


Other: CORE Curriculum & LEAD Program


Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 83 277 255 1 0 0 0 616


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 liven up the campus—and that’s not including all the things going on in the City of Burlington.

At Champlain, students 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 one’s 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, all 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. These include, but are definitely not limited to, video game tournaments, trips to ski resorts, ice-climbing, maple sugaring, and jet boating.

Activities Fair

At the start of the school year, everyone turns out for the Student Activities Fair at which they can 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.


Coed dorms X
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Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students X
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options X


Other: Sophomore Housing


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, who are among the most forward-thinking emerging talent consulting teams in higher education. They work to continually evolve the College’s career development for students and alumni.

Career Collaborative is where emerging talent and professional networking meet. Extending far beyond the College itself, Career Collaborative  actively partners with employers to develop and offer the most current and relevant career preparation available today. It is the Champlain organization that leverages all of the career-focused academic programs, connecting students with practical, hands-on, relevant experiential learning opportunities. The team is truly collaborative; they facilitate a thoughtful effort—within the Champlain community and with its greater professional network—to help students seize meaningful opportunities in preparation for their future.

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 both informational and experiential networks whom 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 Coaches 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 employer site and recruitment visits.

internship & Career Fairs

The high level of internship support that Career Collaborative provides 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, all while building professional networks. Multiple internships are the key to success for many students’ their career goals upon graduation or admission to graduate school.



4,576 Total Applicants 
3,201 Total Admissions 
650 Total Freshman Enrollment

69.95% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Jan 15
Priority date: Nov 15

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA

Standardized test scores
Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
First generation
Racial/ethnic status
Level of applicant’s interest

Class rank
Alumni/ae relation
Volunteer work
Work experience

Freshman Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 520 630
SAT Math 500 610
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 22 28
ACT Math 22 27
ACT English 22 28
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $39,718
Fees $200
Total $39,918
Room and Board (on campus) $14,906
Estimated Total On Campus $54,824


Average Financial Aid Packages 2016-2017 Estimated

$27,978 First-year students
$20,423 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2016-2017 Estimated

69.8%  on average, the percentage of need that was met
15% of financial need students that had need fully met

$20,423 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,266 Average need-based loan

scholarships and aid

Each year, over 90% of Champlain College students receive more than $32 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, students need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at For more information on scholarships and how to apply for aid, visit