The Best & Worst

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Best & Worst

Best Of

  1. 1
    The professional relationships and friendships you form with professors—they actually care about their students.
  2. 2
    Programs requiring internships to graduate. Soon the Division of Business will require a certain number of hours at a paid internship; professors will help students find these positions. The dean plans to work with local businesses.
  3. 3
    Small classes allow for discussions rather than lectures and better facilitate learning. Real relationships are made with peers and professors.
  4. 4
    Upside-Down Curriculum allows students to take courses in their major in their first year. This helps students determine if they really enjoy what they have chosen to study.
  5. 5
    The view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains from Miller Information Commons, some of the residence halls, and IDX Student Life Center—also, the fall foliage
  6. 6
    Communities in residence halls—not to mention the residence halls are in renovated Victorian mansions!
  7. 7
    Brand-new and well-maintained facilities. The campus is beautiful and improving every year, even though it can't get much better!
  8. 8
    Projects, presentations, and papers take priority to tests and exams. Case-study projects are more beneficial for career experience.
  9. 9
    Individuality. Students are accepted for their differences at Champlain.
  10. 10
    Quirky things like Humans versus Zombies (HVZ). This competition using Nerf guns and socks is fun to play, but even more fun to watch once a semester!

Facts & Statistics

Knowledgeable Professors
95% of students surveyed rated the general knowledge of professors as above average.
Low-Stress Course Load
77% of students surveyed rated the manageability of work as above average.
Big Dorms
71% of students surveyed felt that dorms were more spacious than average.
Accepting Campus Community
55% of students surveyed said that the campus community as a whole is very accepting of members of minority groups.
Safe Campus
71% of students surveyed said that they feel extremely safe and secure on campus.
Highly Satisfied Students
81% of students surveyed would make the same school choice if they could do it all over again.
Personal Attention
You can expect personal attention with 59% of classes having less than 20 students.
Help to Succeed
The school has academic and career counseling available to help you when you need it.
Get AP Credit
If you took AP classes in high school, you might be able to get college credit for them.
Work Part-Time During School
Employment services are available for students.
Help Getting Hired
Placement services are available to graduates.

Worst Of

  1. 1
    No parking for students on campus
  2. 2
    Not succeeding at diversity standards
  3. 3
    Only one dining hall with limited options; no on-campus restaurants or vendors that accept Champlain meal plans; only two guest passes
  4. 4
    Students are babied through everything because they have so much support. For example, they are not allowed to go on solely student-led service trips (need staff chaperones).
  5. 5
    Wi-Fi is spotty in residence halls.
  6. 6
    The bookstore is overpriced and not utilized often.
  7. 7
    Financial Aid's lack of merit scholarships available
  8. 8
    For an old school (founded in 1878), the College is changing rapidly. It only became a four-year college in 1991, and it's still trying to best define itself as an institution.
  9. 9
    No central air conditioning in some of the residence halls. All have heat, which is needed more often, but the old radiators produce very dry heat. The systems will be updated in the future.
  10. 10
    No division athletics or sense of team spirit at Champlain

Facts & Statistics

Tuition is a steep $29,865, one of the most expensive rates in the country.
Expensive to Just Get By
55% of students surveyed felt that the amount it costs to live while at school was worse than average.
Expensive Dorms
Living on campus doesn't come cheap, with an average housing price tag of $7,996.
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