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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Scholarships are often taken into account with incoming Freshman.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Same food almost every week. International line provides good options though.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are old Victorian houses, nice and small generally 30-50 people. Upperclassman dorms are more hotel esc. Champlain has a bad housing selection program overall though, students rarely get which dorm they would like to live in Sophomore year.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options for off campus housing, since Burlington is a college town. However, prices are expensive, which is really unfortunate. I live off campus and the cheapest decent apartment I could find is $610 a month, and I live with three other people. However, there's a good variety of options (duplexes, studio apartments, houses) and they're scattered all over town, so you almost always can live where you want. As for landlords and safety, always do your research beforehand. Parking tends to be hit or miss- some places have driveways, some have off-site parking, and others don't have anything. I don't know if the school can help for off campus housing or not, but checking the Champlain Black Market Facebook group is a good place to start, since many Champlain and UVM students and young adults living in Burlington look for subletters, advertise open rooms, and try to find off-campus roommates on there.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of places to eat all around Burlington, especially on Main Street and Church Street. KKD's (a sandwich shop) is open until 3 a.m., and Wings Over Burlington and Dominos deliver until 1 a.m. In general, I am very happy with the off campus dining options. They're all easy to get to and there are a lot of options.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: In general, we are not a party school, as we don't have any sororities or fraternities and we have a small student body. However, UVM is right up the street, so most Champlain students who do want to party can try that. Some Champlain students have parties off-campus, too. Most people who want to party are able to find something that fits their needs. It should be noted that partying (i.e. drinking, smoking, having multiple friends over) in the dorms tends to be difficult to get away with.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: They're pretty strict, although it really depends what dorm you're in and who your RA's are, based off of what I've seen. I had one incident where I broke the rules but the RA was really cool about it and gave me a second chance without calling CPS, which I appreciated. In general, the CPS officers are nice and respectful to you if you are nice and respectful to them. I don't think they're "out to get" anyone.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I transferred here and took a $10,000 loss in aid compared to what I had at my previous institution. I really didn't get much financial aid, which is unfortunate since this is a very, very expensive school. I'm going to be in a lot of debt, and it seems like most other students will be, too. However, I didn't appeal my financial aid at all, and some people may have luck with that. It's worth a try. The people who work in financial aid seem pretty nice, based off of the few times I have encountered them on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Good: There are a decent amount of options, healthy and not healthy, and the dining hall is absolutely beautiful.

Bad: The meat tends to be questionable. I avoid it if at all possible. I mostly ate at the International and Sandwich station.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Overall, housing at Champlain is pretty good. First years live in Victorian mansions, which is a unique experience that helps to make moving into college less intimidating. Freshmen tend to become close with everyone in their "house" and most have met some of their closest friends from their first year residence hall. There are also a good amount of options for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, ranging from more traditional-style dorms to apartments off campus. You can see Lake Champlain from a few of the dorms, which is really cool, too.

My only complaints would be:

1. Some of the first-year dorms are far away-12-15 minute walks to campus, which doesn't sound bad but is awful during Vermont winters, and some students feel unsafe walking back to their dorms at night. (As far as I know) the school hasn't responded to student requests for more blue lights on the way to these dorms. However, I (a female student) lived in one of these "far away" dorms and frequently walked back from the library at 10/11 at night and nothing ever happened to me.

2. I heard the housing process for sophomores, juniors, and seniors was pretty awful. I personally did not experience this as I moved off campus after one year, but I know that this year, there were a handful of students that got stuck where they didn't want to be, or with no on campus housing at all, which in my opinion is unacceptable.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Upside down corriculum is really awesome and Champlain does everything they can to see you succeed.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Many attractive guys but ALOT of diffrent types of guys at Champlain. Mostly nerdy, skier/snowboarder dudes, or athletic prep style.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Champlain doesnt have sports yet has alot of athletic and talented girls and guys. Champlain has intermural sports. (hockey, soccer, football, volleyball) and alot of fun and intresting clubs. Rugby is the only sport that competes with other colleges.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Partys always be popping off on nice weekends

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dinning hall serves great food but tends to fluctuate through the weeks as to how much food they make. Some times they make alot and some times they make harderly anything. It also tends to get repetative but still good quality most of the time.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: most freshman housing are victorian style mansion that have been turned into dorms. The quad area of campus is were the larger dorms are such as Valcour hall and Junipter hall. Both brand new and gorgous.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Always something to eat that is close. Lots of places deliver and some of them accept CC cash as a form of payment. Also there's 863 togo that delivers food to you from places that don't deliver themselves. Things stay open relatively late and there's a lot of variety.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I've never had a run in so I'm not sure what to write.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school is still really expensive. But I did get a few scholarships.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I kind of just hang out with friends. I've never gone to UVM but I hear its fun. Some of my friends go out every weekend and seem to have a good time.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The pasta is usually good so are the omelets. The international bar always has good stuff that's customizable if you're a vegetarian. Other than that it's really a hit or miss. Some days the food is better than other days.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are nice. They seem to really encourage bonding between everyone that lives inside. I do feel like the people in my dorm are kind of like family (kind of). I know everyone who lives here easily. RA's kind of suck because they don't enforce the rules. At least mine don't. But my room is large and the bathroom situation is always fine. One complaint is that there's no air conditioning. The radiators aren't that great either.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It is good when you first move on campus. After awhile gets old and you find yourself not wanting it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It has its perks being that you do not have drive to get to class or the commons.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Dont have greek life yet but soon.

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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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