Location
Burlington, VT
Undergrads
2,236
Tuition
$29,865
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 463 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Student

Overall Experience: This school is absolutely amazing. the professors are into what they do, and love teaching. multiple courses are available, and branch from the standard core in such a way that it is within reach of every student to take alternate classes.

5 College Student

Overall Experience: The school offers a study abroad program in Montreal, Quebec. for game design students, this is a great place as Montreal is one of the biggest gaming "hubs" in North America.

3 College Student

Greek Life: Not much to say here. greek life is no different from regular life on campus.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Big college town. locals are very nice to students and visitors alike, and there is a shopping center close to the campus. Lake champlain also offers a lot to do during the spring and early summer for those who live in town year round.

5 College Student

Campus Housing: Housing is based in old victorian era mansions. Very good living, some are co-ed by level, some are only one gender per dorm. otherwise, it's great.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The WiFi can be pretty slow at times, especially during finals when everyone is trying to submit their last minute assignments. However, there are a number of places on campus where you can print and they are very reliable. There are a good number of computers around campus, but when it comes to midterms or finals, you don't want to rely on computers being available, so it's best to have your own computer. Computers are also a huge part of the social life on campus.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: It depends what you are looking for. There are always places to go and people to see, however. You can always find things to do.

2 College Freshman

Weather: In the winter, it does get cold and snowy, there is no denying it. The ice can get bad around some of the less well cared for sidewalks, but the school is usually decent about making sure you can get to your classes and the dining hall. When the salt runs low, however, you get better at keeping your balance on uneven ice. The summers are pretty hot and humid as well, but the spring time really brings people together. When the sun comes out for the first few times, everyone comes together and enjoys the sunshine outside.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Although there are not a huge number of options, it becomes more of a game, deciding where to go. There are a few affordable places that you can order from a few times, but there are also some places you can go to spice things up on a special occasion. The local spots, however, are almost unbeatable in terms of service and quality of food, even though they can be a little pricey for a student budget.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Even though the students can be weird at times, they are some of the best quality of people you will ever meet.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is no real sense of danger on campus. Every student has access to the phone number for Champlain Public Safety (the campus security), and they will respond if anyone calls them. They will even drive you to and from the hospital if you need them to, any hour, day or night. Although the health services is quite rudimentary, there are a number of accessible hospitals in the area for any real problems.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Downtown Burlington is a 10 minute walk from campus. If you want to get a little farther away, the bus runs right by the campus and is free for Champlain students. We also have free access to UVM's shuttle. The only issue is that sometimes the city buses to not run on schedule, so you can end up standing outside for a little longer than you had planned. On the other hand, it is a free service, and the stop drops you within two minute walk of campus.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Since the atmosphere is so inclusive, you are always sure to find someone who will reach out to you. Beyond the social aspect, the classes are great and the small class sizes means it is easier to connect on an individual level with your professors and they are more likely to know you as a person rather than a number. Although Champlain has its drawbacks, in the end, it is a fantastic school that can act as a great home away from home.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: As with a good deal of college campuses, Champlain's main goal is safety. In terms of campus safety, if they get any kind of tip or idea that something is going on, they are not afraid to come in. They can be pretty strict, but the how rules affect the social aspect of your experience (at least in the dorms) depends more on your roommate(s) and the policies you agree on with them. You take your experience into your own hands.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Although there is not a huge amount of diversity in terms of race, everyone is VERY accepting no matter your race, sexual orientation, religion, or any other difference. It is more of a talking point if you are somewhat different than anything else. The student body is one of the most inclusive atmospheres I have ever seen.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Policy is a completely dry campus, but it really depends on who you have as your RAs. Some have a really strict policy and will report it if there is even a hint of something, where others will try to look the other way if they can. It ends up being luck of the draw depending on your RA. The thing you have to be careful about is that school policy is that your body is a container, so if you are high or drunk, you can be written up, even if you don't have anything illegal/incriminating on you when you are caught.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The first year dorms are all renovated Victorian Mansions, which means two things: the rules are stricter because they don't want these places burning down, and you are living in an old Victorian Mansion. The size of the rooms very, as each room served a different purpose in it's youth. Although this means you may get stuck in a quad, it also means the individual dorms have a generally smaller body of people and you are more likely to become closer with your dorm mates. The dorms are all located within 2 blocks of campus, which is quite convenient in the winter. The only real issue is the roommate selection process, which is essentially a lottery.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: There's not a huge selection of niche courses, but that is to be expected with a smaller school. There is not really enough interest generated for smaller courses to fill and entire class. However, almost any course that the school offers for any major can be taken by any student. Your adviser will work with you to encompass your own interests along with the requirements for your major.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The classes and professors are really geared toward getting you ready for the real world. The upside down curriculum, the LEAD program, and even the housing arrangements are all pushing you toward being ready to step out into the real world on your own. With the writing program, they are very much ready for you to focus on what you need to focus on to get where you need to go. Your adviser will work with you and inform you of opportunities to assist you on your desired career path. That is always their main goal: to get you ready for the real world and your chosen career.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I personally was very happy with my aid. Although I did not qualify for need based aid, they gave me a large merit scholarship, which really helped out my family and was a huge factor in my decision to attend the school.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I know nothing about parking here.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Champlain is a pretty white school, but it's in Vermont so that's to be expected. There are international students, not so much that it's really noticeable though. It seems most people here and democrats/liberal so I imagine it'd be awkward to be a republican here. There are people of all sexual orientations here.

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1 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health services sucks. Most of the time they'll tell you to come back in a few hours or just be rude and not know what they're doing. The campus is pretty safe though. CPS is chill.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: THE FOOD SUCKS. Most of the time it seems like the cafeteria just gets lazy and serves the same thing over and over. (Better get used to a lot of pasta). They try to be adventurous and make exotic foods which just fails.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It seems that most students partake in it, but there is no peer pressure to do so. Everyone is pretty chill.

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Kayla M. Hedman
Hometown
Griswold, CT
Major
Marketing and Advertising
Grad Year
2014
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The incredible feeling most students get the first time they walk through Champlain College's campus never leaves. The campus is absolutely beautiful—you always get to see familiar faces as well as meet new people, have unique leadership opportunities, and take classes that are interesting to you from the day you start. The small class sizes (25 students or less) help students form strong relationships with each other and their professors. Class discussions and hands-on projects are more common than tests. Everyone at Champlain is here to help you succeed, find your interests, practice your skills, and get a job relevant to your major after graduation. The Upside-Down Curriculum is not a scam—it's real. You can come to Champlain as a general business major and switch to marketing your sophomore year, after learning exactly what you want to do because your classes are already teaching you that.

Students at Champlain are valued in the greater-Burlington community because they have the skills employers are looking for. Students are unique because they're career-oriented, while still having a great core program that combines all of their general studies (history, literature, psychology, philosophy, art, science) for greater focus on their major. The LEAD (Life Experience & Action Dimension) program also prepares students for life after college.

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