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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

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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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are tons of people of all varieties, and everyone is accepted. I feel like there are many minorities here at Champlain.

4 College Junior

Diversity: This is Vermont...its not a problem.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Those who are different are accepted widely. There are a lot of international students (as well as students from farther states, like California, Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, etc.) at this school, which provides for interesting conversations.


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The diversity at Champlain is increasing, as fostering an inclusive and diverse community is a part of Champlain's 2020 mission. Vermont is 70 percent white, with the greater-Burlington community having the most diversity as a result of the refugee resettlement program in the neighboring town, as well as the five colleges in the area.

Students at Champlain are very inclusive—no matter one's gender, religion, sexual orientation, political views, race, or ethnicity. For student leaders, there are many workshops on identity, as well as priority and oppression. Other than this, the discussion is kept at a minimum. Most groups are well-represented within the 2,000 undergraduate students, and it will only get better.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 37%
20-21: 35%
22-24: 8%
25+: 19%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 0%
Hispanic: 0%
International: 0%
Native American: 4%
White: 85%
Unknown: 8%
Gay Pride
The LGBTQA community at Champlain is supported by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the group INCLUDE. INCLUDE is a network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning individuals as well as their allies. The group meets to discuss current events, to plan and also attend fun group activities, and to create community awareness projects for the Champlain campus. In the spring of 2012, film students created an online documentary series called, "The Worst Thing About Coming Out," highlighting LGBTQA students, faculty, and staff sharing their stories about coming out. It has had international success and brought the struggle to light at Champlain.
Political Activity
Most students at Champlain are leftists, supporting social change. There are others who are indifferent to change or like to challenge change. There are often deep political discussions in core classes. The biggest political group on campus is the Champlain Student Government Association (SGA). The SGA has the ability to promote change on campus. They also lead all of the school clubs.
Economic Status
Financial aid is tight at Champlain for the average middle-class family, but there are great specialty scholarships for veterans, single parents, first-generation college students from Vermont, and new American scholarships for refugee students. There are also other programs supporting inner-city charter and vocational schools.
Most Common Religions
The most commonly practiced religion on Champlain's campus is Christianity. The only religious meeting offered is bible study. Many students find a church off campus or watch/listen to their church from home online.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Since any minority group on campus is pretty small, there is one international student group that is very close. They welcome both international and American students to mingle and celebrate the various cultures.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 24 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 38% Liberal
  • 12% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 17% Moderate
  • 21% Not sure
  • 33% Liberal
  • 29% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 23 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 23 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 40% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 60% Very accepting.
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