Champlain College

163 S. Willard St, Burlington, VT 05401

School Details

Champlain College is a private college in Burlington, Vermont that was established in 1878 as Burlington Collegiate Institute by G.W. Thompson. The college has moved many times and changed its name but took its current name in 1958 and relocated to the Hill Section of Burlington where it lies today.  Champlain offers over 80 areas of study, including: undergraduate degrees, online certificates and degree programs, and nine master’s degree programs.

 In 2009, the college was ranked 12th among baccalaureate colleges in the North by U.S. News America’s Best Colleges. Most recently in 2012, The Princeton Review ranked Champlain College among its Best 376 Colleges due to its reputation for being a transformative experience for students.  Other accolades include: America’s Healthiest City by the Center of Disease Control in 2008; one of America’s Prettiest Cities by Forbes in 2010; and one of America’s Best Cities For the Next Decade by Kiplinger in 2010 for its green movement initiative.

 The college is on located on 22.5 acres containing 42 buildings and 22 student residence halls. These dormitories are mostly renovated Victorian-era houses although some offer apartment style suites with four bedrooms per suite. 60% of students live on-campus. The Student Life Center at Champlain College has a dining hall, gym and fitness center, lounge, and game room. Facilities on campus that are available include 3D animation and game production labs, multimedia classrooms and editing suites, and a photo lab with a dark room. The campus boasts beautiful views of Lake Champlain and the New York Adirondacks to the west. In downtown Burlington, which is only minutes from campus, students can view lively arts, music, and retail scenes. Non-remedial tutoring, a women’s center, and a health center are also available on the campus. Campus safety and security services are also in place, such as 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort services, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card). Of the students at Champlain College, 30 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Champlain College.

Students who attend Champlain College are given the opportunity to study internationally at the schools other two campuses. In the fall of 2007, the school opened a campus in Montreal, Canada that includes classrooms, a lab, a student lounge, and a kitchen. Students attending the Montreal campus live in housing provided by the Université du Québec à Montréal. In 2998 another international campus was established in Dublin, Ireland. This campus contains classrooms, a computer lab, a lounge, and nearby residency. These international campuses offer students a guided immersion study abroad experience with internship and service learning opportunities. Over 50% of students participate in this study abroad program.

Student activities at Champlain are very vast with over 50 different clubs, organizations, intermural sports, and community service programs.

 In 1993, online educational programs were introduced to the college. Today, the school offers a variety of programs online.  Certain associate’s and bachelor’s degrees can be attained by only using online programs. Many other degrees incorporate the use of online classes. In 2009 The Online Education Database ranked Champlain College 3rd out of 44 institutions that offer most of their degree programs online. 

2,000 students attend Champlain from 47 states and 27 different countries. The majority (73%) of students are from out-of-state. The student to faculty ratio is low at 14:1, providing students with an average class size of 18 and a maximum size of 30. This allows for a much more personal and trusting relationship with professors and classmates. The campus is almost equal gender-wise with 42% female students and 58% male students.  A measure of student satisfaction, the freshman retention rate, is very high at almost 80%. The school’s four-year graduation rate is 52%.

Champlain College is unique in that students can take classes other than general education in their first semester. Instead of taking the in-depth classes further in their college career, they can take those classes whenever they like using Champlain’s “Upside Down Curriculum”. The college operates on a semester calendar.

Applications are due January 31 for regular admission and November 15 for early admission. The school is moderately selective with an 85% admission rate. SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 20.

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, federal work-study, and loans. Although the school cannot meet the full need of every student, over 85% of undergraduate students receive scholarships from the College. However, only 8% of students needs were fully met. For early decision 1 students, the deadline for financial aid submission is due November 15. Early decision 2 students financial aid deadline is February 1. Regular decision students must submit financial aid applications by February 15.

Champlain College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.


New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education


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    4-year, Private not-for-profit
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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