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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Champlain College has the best looking campus in Vermont hands down. The buildings are beautiful.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I like to hang out in res halls

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: All the facilities are nice and for the most part new. I love all of my class rooms.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Facilities are great here, well maintained and lots of activities.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There is so much to do on campus. Many, many, clubs to join as well as a writing and math lab. If you care to be active, there are ways to never be bored.


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The thing you'll hear most from incoming students is, "As soon as I was on campus, I knew this is where I wanted to go." Champlain’s campus is one of the most aesthetically pleasing campuses in the country. It has been highlighted nationally for its attention to detail, starting with the Welcome & Admissions Center in Roger H. Perry Hall, which underwent major restoration in 2010. Champlain has planned to expand its student life facilities (IDX Student Life Center was built in 2006) called the Hauke Center CCM Division expansion. In the summer of 2012, the College finished construction on Juniper Hall, one of three new sustainable residence halls to be completed by 2014.

The majority of the residence halls is renovated Victorian mansions that are well-maintained with unique character. Each year, more are renovated to have modern amenities like central air. Champlain was built in the ideal location in Burlington, giving students the best views of Lake Champlain, especially from the third floor balcony of the modern Miller Information Commons (library). There is currently plenty of space for 2,000 students, but there can never be enough high-tech, state-of-the-art facilities for the Champlain community to share. Champlain will be steadily expanding and renovating until it reaches its 2020 vision.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
22.5 acres
Student Centers
IDX Student Life Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Miller Information Commons
Popular Places to Chill
  • Dining hall in IDX Student Life Center
  • Fireside Lounge and the Lodge
  • Hauke Courtyard
  • Jazzman's Café
  • Play piano in Hauke Conference Room
  • Residence halls
  • Wellness Center (gym) in IDX Student Life Center
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
  • Champlain College's Ethan Allen Center (College Street)
  • Champlain Lanes (Shelburne Road)
  • Spare Time (Colchester)
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Jazzman's Café is a great place to get breakfast, lunch, or a snack or beverage while studying or meeting with friends and professors. In addition to smoothies and iced or hot cappuccino and latte drinks, the café offers a variety of sandwiches, paninis, soups, salads, cookies, and pastries.
  • The Lodge is a student-created coffee shop and convenience store in the Fireside Lounge in the IDX Student Life Center, run by students in the BYOBiz program. The Lodge exudes "studentness" to match the target market. There is always something new, and they have the best quality food and drinks on campus. It is open from 9 a.m. to midnight, or 1 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Movie Theater on Campus
Alumni Auditorium
"Green" Initiatives
There are campus-wide green initiatives at Champlain. There is a student program called "Eco-Reps" present in the residence halls, with the goal of increasing environmental behaviors on campus (not limited to waste reduction, energy and water conservation, alternative transportation, and conscious consumption). There are reusable water bottle fill stations, composting, and recycling bins all over campus. Champlain will also eventually be a car-free campus, promoting public transportation and active lifestyles.
School Slang
  • CampChamp: Champlain College, and the school's Twitter hashtag, #campchamp
  • CSCE or "the Center": Center for Service & Civic Engagement
  • The EMC: Emergent Media Center at Lakeside
  • Hauke: Hauke is pronounced "Haw-key" and is an academic/student life building. There is also the Hauke courtyard on campus, adjacent to the building.
  • IDX: Student Life Center building
  • LEAD: Life Experience & Action Dimension, mandatory program throughout one's undergraduate studies at Champlain
  • MIC: Miller Information Commons, the library
  • ODI: Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • OL: Orientation leader
  • PA: Peer adviser
  • SA: Student ambassador
  • Humans versus Zombies: HvZ is a game played by many students near the end of each semester. It's a tag game played with Nerf guns, identifying bandanas, and a lengthy list of rules. Humans try to eliminate the zombies and vice versa. The humans would seem to have an advantage, in that only they have weapons—Nerf guns and socks—that can be thrown at their adversaries. By contrast, zombies are a threat only when they're up close—all they can do is tag their prey. A human tagged by a zombie becomes a zombie. The zombies win if they convert all of the humans to their kind. It starts with one OZ (original zombie) and goes from there. It is not only fun to play, but also incredibly entertaining to watch.
  • Ice hockey and rugby games: Since Champlain does not have any division sports, going to club ice hockey and rugby games accounts for some of Champlain's pride. It's nice to support friends and watch Chauncey ice skate!
  • Snowball: The Snowball is Champlain's semi-formal dance that takes place in the ballroom of a local hotel. At the Snowball, students in stylish attire enjoy an evening of great music with their friends over delicious hors d'oeuvres. The Snowball is the most popular dance and typically has more than 400 students in attendance. It has a different theme every year, including past themes like, "Lasers and Blazers." The Snowball requires a ticket for admission and costs $5 in advance or $10 at the door.
  • Spring Meltdown: After all of the events, classes, late nights, homework, and stress, CHAMP ends the year with a bang! On the last day of classes each spring semester, CHAMP transforms the courtyard into a huge carnival ground. Themes in recent years have been: "Superheroes," "Beavers in Space," "the Beach," "Vegas," "Champlain Before Time," and "Rewind—back to the '90s." No matter what the theme, there is sure to be lots of entertainment, free T-shirts, great prizes, food, fun, and plenty of ways to unwind at the end of the year!
Urban Legends
  • Champ is the name given to a reputed lake monster living in Lake Champlain. While there is no scientific evidence for the cryptid's existence, there have been more than 300 reported sightings. The legend of the monster is considered a draw for tourism in Burlington.
  • Jensen Hall is a dormitory now, but when it was built in 1888, it was a shipbuilder's dream house. Currently, however, there are many legends surrounding the ghosts of Jensen Hall. According to Cheri Revai, who wrote the book "Haunted Northern New York," the most popular story involves a sea captain who purchased the house in the late 1800s. His wife, left home alone while her husband sailed away, felt stifled by her wealthy woman's lifestyle and hanged herself in the turret. Champlain College purchased the building in 1965 and has since converted it into a dormitory. Today, students have reported witnessing strange poltergeist activity, such as bottles of hairspray being thrown across the room, blow dryers turning on, lights flickering, dark shadows of a woman being cast on the wall, and similarly supernatural experiences. The building continues to be used as a residence, despite its ghostly reputation.
Favorite Things To Do
Since Champlain offers a breadth of experiences for a student body with diverse interests and talents, students often participate in things like: intramural sports and fitness classes, The Grind open mic night on Wednesday nights, the on-campus "Rail Jam" in November, environmental sustainability efforts through "Sustain Champlain," mentoring programs like DREAM through the Center for Service, social justice and engagement programs through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, any student life activities (movie nights, craft nights, henna tattoos, cupcake decorating, and much more) and weekend outings (white-water rafting, NYC trip, shuttles to the mountains in winter, ice climbing, and more), ultimate Frisbee, longboarding, or dance team. The most popular events through the year include HvZ (Human versus Zombies) and ski and ride outings.
Student Newspaper
The Current
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are upwards of 80 student clubs and organizations on campus. All clubs are created and have a budget through Champlain's Student Government Association (SGA). There are guidelines in place to keep up a club, including keeping attendance for weekly meetings and having a staff adviser.
The most active clubs include Ski & Ride, CHAMP (planning committee), INCLUDE (LGBTQA), Rock Climbing Club, intramural sports, Equestrian Club, Running Team, Dance Team, Anime, Tabletop Game Club, and Bad Movie Club.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Literary magazine
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 21 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 5 responses

  • 33% Dining hall in IDX Student Life Center
  • 33% Residence halls
  • 13% Wellness Center (gym) in IDX Student Life Center
  • 13% Fireside Lounge and the Lodge
  • 7% Hauke Courtyard
  • 0% Jazzman's Café
  • 0% Play piano in Hauke Conference Room

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 33% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 0% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 17% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 24 responses

  • 25% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 54% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 17% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 4% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 25 responses

  • 44% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 56% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 0% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 83% Hang out with friends
  • 17% Parkour club



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