Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a private college and the 5th largest institute of higher education in Vermont. In addition to its main campus Vermont, the college offers online programs and has study abroad campuses in Montreal and Dublin. Accreditation is granted by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
The college consists of six divisions: the Division of Business; the Division of Communication and Creative Media; the Division of Education and Human Studies; the Division of Information Technology and Sciences; and the Core Division, a renowned interdisciplinary core curriculum that is incorporated into all of the students’ academic plans. Core classes, taught in groups of 20, are discussion-oriented, problem-based and experiential.
Some of the most popular undergraduate degree programs include Business, Graphic Design, Electronic Game Programming, Computer and Digital Forensics, and Radiography. The master’s degree programs are Business Administration, in addition to Managing Innovation and Information Technology. These can be completed online. Some certificates, associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs can also be completed online.
The school also offers an “upside-down” curriculum that allows students to choose to take courses for their major as early as their first year. Class sizes are small, and the college has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1.
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Factors in determining admission for freshman applicants include the demands of their high school curriculum, high school grade point averages, class ranks, standardized test scores, writing ability, teacher and counselor recommendations, and academic growth. The Admission Committee also considers academic and professional motivation, leadership qualities, and involvement in extracurricular activities.
The committee looks for students who have taken challenging such as AP, IB or Honors classes, and who have standardized test scores at or above the national average.
Freshman applicants must submit the following:
- Completed Common Application and the Champlain College Supplement
- Official copy of high school transcript
- School Report form completed by school counselor
• SAT I or ACT score reports
- Recommendations from a high school counselor and a teacher
- Early Decision Agreement (if applicable)
- Non-refundable application fee
- English proficiency test score report (only for students for whom English is not their native language)
Home-schooled applicants, transfer applicants, and international students should contact the Office of Admissions for details about additional requirements. Also, students who are applying to majors such as Game Art and Animation; Digital Filmmaking; Graphic Design and Digital Media; Game Design; or Professional Writing are required to submit a portfolio.
A number of financial aid opportunities are available from federal, state and private sources to help students meet their educational expenses. More than 60 percent of full-time undergraduate students receive some form of need-based financial assistance.
The average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,691 and the average undergraduate financial aid package is $27,771. Forms of aid include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement and financial need as well. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority deadline for submitting this application is in February.
Students are encouraged to go to the Financial Aid Office to learn how the financial aid process works. Staff members will readily answer questions and provide important information.
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The diverse student body comes from 40 states and 21 countries. Sixty percent of the students body is male. Nearly half of the student body lives on campus. All first-year students are housed in one of the college’s 22 converted and restored Victorian-era mansions that have been updated with the latest technology, including wireless Internet access. Other residential housing options include well-appointed, modern apartment-style and suite style residence halls. The brand new IDS Student Life Center has a gym, a fitness center, a dining hall, an outdoor terrace, a lounge and a game room. There are several different places to eat on campus.
Champlain also has several student clubs and organizations, and new groups are formed each year. Some popular clubs and activities include the Community Book Program, Champlain Music Makers, Champlain Heritage Society, Champlain Theatre, Lyric Theatre Company, the Dance Team, Intercollegiate Poetry Exchanges, Drama, Improv, Historical and Literary Speakers, Performance Poetry Club, Vermont Symphony Orchestra Partnership, student media organizations, Criminal Justice Club, the E-gaming Club, and student government.
The Center for Service and Civic Engagement is a community service and civic engagement student organization that participates in a number of activities such as Tent City, a fundraiser to raise homeless awareness and money for the Committee on Temporary Shelter, and the DREAM program, a program in which students mentor underprivileged children.
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There are a variety of intramural sports that include basketball, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, floor hockey , ice hockey, golf, flag football, soccer, lacrosse, table tennis, wiffleball, XC/road racing, volleyball, and quidditch as well as Men’s Division IV and Women’s intercollegiate rugby. The school mascot is Chauncey T. Beaver. The school colors are royal, kelly, and white.
Notable alumni include:
- Lisa T. Rees, Chief of Financial Operations Branch at the Dept. of Homeland Security
- Dawn Lancaster, Owner and Vice President of Carved Solutions
- Dave Winslow, CEO of global analytics company EpikOne
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