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246 S. Willard St
Burlington, VT 05401
p. 802-860-2700
w. www.champlain.edu

Champlain College

Champlain College Rating: 4.6/5 (8 votes)

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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.

Most Popular Fields of Study


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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1730th for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


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.

Local Community

There are many other activities off-campus in Burlington, which has been called “America’s Best College Town.” The twon has a bustling music scene and incredible food. Students’ favorites include Doughboys doughnuts and Bove’s with its family-recipe Italian food. There are numerous music and cultural events, ski resorts, Shelburne Farms, the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, and there is the world famous Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory for ice cream lovers. Students can also enjoy recreational opportunities in Vermont’s Green Mountains.


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

Information Summary

Ranks 6th in Vermont and 994th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.03

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Burlington, VT 05401
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population38,940 (38,904 urban / 36 rural)
Households15,907 (2.20 people per house)
Median Household Income$33,049
Families7,070 (2.86 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions focus, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle postbaccalaureate (business)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5000

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 357th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $31,250 $31,250 $31,250
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $100 $100 $100
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $708 $708 $708
FT Graduate Tuition $13,559 $13,559 $13,559
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $769 $769 $769
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $46,850 $46,850 $46,850
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $42,650 $42,650 $42,650
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $35,550 $35,550 $35,550

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $28,400 $29,865 $28,400 $29,865 $28,400 $29,865
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $12,520 $13,096
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,300(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,000(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,500 $3,700

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,047 (2,386 male / 2,661 female)
Admitted 3,573 (1,682 male / 1,891 female)
Admission rate 71%
First-time Enrollment 594 (361 male / 233 female)
FT Enrollment 594 (361 male / 233 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment3,305

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

ACT Test Admission

271st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 25%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 31
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 28

SAT Test Admission

330th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 85%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 620
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 620
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 990 / 1240

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,361
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$8,250
Board Fee$5,250

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1117th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $73,046 ($73,117 male / $72,288 female)
Number of FT Faculty 102 (68 male / 34 female)
Number of PT Faculty 345
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $2,338,365

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