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Location
Burlington, VT
Undergrads
2,236
Tuition
$29,865
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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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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5 College Freshman

Academics: I love Champlain. The teachers are very interesting, I'm learning interesting stuff, and it was easy to get into for me, being an older student.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I love that we have the BYOBiz Program, its awesome. I am already starting a business as a freshman.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am learning so much and learning the power of connections.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 116th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 149th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 356th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 357th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 439th
    Most Available Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kayla M. Hedman
Hometown
Griswold, CT
Major
Marketing and Advertising
Grad Year
2014
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Champlain College has five academic divisions: business (BUS), communication and creative media (CCM), information technology and sciences (ITS), education and human studies (EHS), and core (COR). The best thing about Champlain's majors is the Upside-Down Curriculum, which allows students to take courses relevant to their major in their first year. Core begins freshman year and is a compilation of liberal arts topics that are useful in one's career (literature, history, art, psychology, science, global studies, and more).

Some Champlain College professors are doctors in their field, while some adjunct professors have decades of experience working in the field. This focus on academia versus real-world experience plays a huge role in teaching styles, although all professors are very knowledgeable and current. Champlain's small classrooms allow for a focus on in-class open discussions and hands-on projects and presentations over written exams. Your grade highly reflects in-class participation, homework assignments, and major projects. Many students prefer the hands-on work rather than tests, although it is undoubtedly more time-consuming. Champlain's advisers are very helpful, as long as you put forth the effort and show that you want to get a job when you graduate. Advisers are not only great references for class scheduling (all done online in scheduled time frames depending on major and completed credits), but are also great networkers for getting internships and jobs.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
101
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
217
Total FT Faculty
101
Faculty with Terminal Degree
56%
Average Faculty Salary
$72,114
Full-Time Retention Rate
78%
Part-Time Retention Rate
67%
Graduation Rate
66%
Programs/Majors Offered
63
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 59%
  • 20 to 49 students: 41%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • The Core Division
  • Division of Business
  • Division of Communication and Creative Media
  • Division of Education and Human Studies
  • Division of Information Technology and Sciences
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 4%
  • Business Administration and Management: 7%
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other: 3%
  • Graphic Design: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
Online Courses
Champlain College online is typically for adults over 25 years old returning to higher education through the Continuing Professional Studies program or pursuing a master's degree. It is exclusive to people trying to balance home life/work/school so the schedule is flexible, and professors are accommodating. Many online professors at Champlain have been praised and awarded for exhibiting the "human touch" that characterizes Champlain, even in an online environment.
Best Places to Study
  • Aiken Lawn or Hauke Courtyard
  • Assisted studying is available at the math, accounting and writing labs on the second floor of the Miller Information Commons.
  • Fireside Lounge and the Lodge in IDX Student Life Center
  • Front lawn or front porch of residence halls on a nice day
  • Jazzman's CafĂ© in the Hauke Center
  • Muddy Waters on Main Street, Burlington
  • Third floor of Champlain's Miller Information Commons (library)
  • Uncommon Grounds Coffee & Tea, Church Street, Burlington
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask professors for help: With such small classes, teachers will get to know you by name, rather than by a number. They are there to help you succeed and sincerely care about their students. If you're struggling, need an extension, or need someone to talk to, professors are there to help. All full-time professors have on-campus offices and office hours. Adjuncts will usually give you their phone number. All faculty and staff can be contacted by email, and they respond promptly to help with anything (down to those last-minute homework jumbles).
  • Don't let the freedom get to your head. It's tough to adjust to not having someone make you go to class. Your parents won't be here to make you go, so it's up to you. Just remember that with small classes, teachers will notice when you're not there, and they will care. Also, depending on the professor's attendance policy, your grade could drop significantly for missing class. If you have an emergency or cannot make it to class due to a higher-priority commitment, let your teacher know ahead of time and do the assignments that you are missing (usually posted on Angel).
  • Get involved in as many activities and clubs as possible. There are 75-plus clubs and activities offered at Champlain. Not only is it a great way to have fun and get your mind off of academics for a while, but it also helps to build great connections that will help academically, socially, and in the future when applying for jobs. Also, don't be closed-minded to clubs that have "strange" interests—try something new! College is a time for growing and finding yourself.
  • If you're a true academic and like structured English, history, science, and math courses with exams, Champlain's Core Curriculum program may not be for you.
  • Make sure to frequently schedule office hours and take classes with your adviser to show them you mean business!
  • Talk to friends and upperclassmen in your major to learn more about what professors to take and what ones you may want to avoid, but consider that everyone has a different learning style.
Did You Know?
  • Champlain's Upside-Down Curriculum helps students discover whether they are in the right major right away so they don't get behind when switching majors. It also helps them get internships sooner and helps them find interests that they may want to specialize in.
  • Open discussions are key at Champlain. Outside of the classroom, professors host round table discussions and more to further engage in other topics.
  • Core classes are the only courses (besides general elective requirements) where students are in class with students in other majors and divisions. This brings many new ideas into play.
  • The best thing about Core is that it sets you up to study abroad and gain global perspective in your junior year. Champlain has campuses in Montreal, Quebec (Canada), and Dublin, Ireland. Core also offers trips to China, Nicaragua, and more, so you're ready to do business with people of the world post-graduation.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 22 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 23 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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