Champlain College

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Champlain College
Champlain College seal.png
Motto Audeamus
Motto in English Let us dare[1]
Established 1878
Type Private
President Donald J. Laackman[2]
Undergraduates 2,000 full-time[3]
Location Burlington, Vermont, U.S.
Campus Residential, 22.5 acres
Colors blue and green
Mascot Beaver
Champlain College Logo

Champlain College is a private, coeducational college located in Burlington, Vermont. It offers professionally focused programs that incorporate an interdisciplinary core curriculum.[4] In addition to its main campus, the College maintains study-abroad campuses in Montreal and Dublin,[5] and offers online programs.[6] Seventy-three percent of students are from out of state.[7]


Founded as Burlington Collegiate Institute by G.W. Thompson in 1878, a series of acquisitions changed the College's name and location multiple times. It was renamed Burlington Business College in 1884, moved to Bank Street in 1905, and relocated to Main Street in 1910. In 1958, the College took its current name and moved to Hill Section of Burlington, where it remains today. That year, it offered associate's degree programs and enrolled about 60 students.[7]

Champlain College grew over the decades, opening its first dormitories in 1965, starting new programs in the field of social services in the 1970s, and adding the Hauke Family Campus Center in 1989. The first bachelor's degree programs were offered in 1991, and online education began in 1993. The College's library, the Robert E. and Holly D. Miller Information Commons, was opened in 1998. In 2002, the College initiated its first master's degree program.

The S.D. Ireland Family Center for Global Business & Technology, a new academic facility, opened in 2004, and the IDX Student Life Center was dedicated the following year. Also in 2005, Dr. David F. Finney was inaugurated as the Champlain's seventh president, and the College added a second master's degree to its offerings.

A program to encourage student entrepreneurs, called BYOBiz, was launched in 2006. The next year, the College opened a study-abroad campus in Montreal. In 2008, two new student residences, Lakeview Hall and Adirondack House, opened in Burlington, and a second study-abroad campus opened in Dublin. Later that year, Champlain acquired Woodbury College, which now offers graduate degrees as the Woodbury Institute of Champlain College.[8]

About 60% of the students, 1,100, boarded at the college in 2009-10.[9]

In 2010, Perry Hall was renovated and now houses the Advising and Registration Center, Admissions, Financial Aid, and serves as a general purpose Student Welcome Center.[10]


Champlain College's "Upside Down Curriculum" allows students to take in-depth courses in their major starting in the first semester.[12]

Undergraduate education[edit]

Champlain issues bachelor's degrees in over 30 fields of study, including Computer and Digital Forensics, and Radiography.[13] Some of the most popular undergraduate programs include Business, Graphic Design, and Electronic Game Programming.[14]

Starting with the class of 2011, general education was taught in the form of an interdisciplinary core curriculum. Each course brings together three or four discrete disciplines with the use of various literature and open-ended discussion topics. First-year courses focus on the self, second-year on the community, and third year on global topics. Through courses such as Rhetoric, Concepts of the Self, and Concepts of Community, students gain a background in the liberal arts and sciences.[15]

In the fall of 2008, incoming students began to participate in an out-of-the-classroom life skills program.[16] This life skills program, called the Life Experience and Action Dimension or LEAD, is part of Champlain's Education in 3-D initiative. LEAD aims to build knowledge in four areas: understanding personality styles, building inclusive community, lifelong career management, and financial sophistication. This knowledge is intended to enable students to adapt to changing environments, make good decisions in difficult situations, and pursue short and long-term goals successfully.[17] LEAD requirements are completed outside of class in groups led by student Peer Advisers. The groups are established based on where they live on campus (commuters are in a group of their own). Completion of the LEAD activities is required in order for students to register for their classes the next semester.

One part of the Core is the Global Module. This is a discussion forum between Champlain students and students from other countries. The module contains a guided discussion on important issues. The Global Module is required.[18]


U.S. News America's Best Colleges 2009 ranks Champlain College 12th among baccalaureate colleges in the North.[19]

The Princeton Review includes Champlain College in its The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition.[20]

In September 2013, U.S. News and World Report named Champlain the number one "Up-and-Comer" regional college in the North in its 2014 edition of "America's Best Colleges".[21]

Online programs[edit]

The college also offers a variety of programs online. Some associate's and bachelor's degrees, as well as certificates, can be obtained through online courses.[22] Champlain offers 9 master's degrees, which heavily incorporate online learning.These degrees include Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Emergent Media, Digital Forensic Management, Digital Forensic Science, Health Care Administration, Law, Managing Innovation & IT, and Mediation & Applied Conflict Studies.[23] In 2009, Online Educational Database (OEDb) ranked the college third out of 44 institutions that offer most of their degree programs online.[24] In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked Champlain College in the top 25% of US colleges offering online bachelor degrees.[25]

Programs Abroad[edit]

The college has campuses abroad in Montreal and Dublin.[26]


The center of campus, with Lake Champlain in the background.

Champlain's campus consists of 42 buildings on about 2.5 city blocks in the residential Hill Section of Burlington, Vermont.[7] Most of the student residence halls are renovated Victorian-era houses.[27] Aside from Victorian style residence halls, Champlain College also offers Transitional Housing. These are apartment style suites with four bedrooms per suite. A shuttle is available to the campus. In 2008, Champlain opened its newest residence, Lakeview Hall, housing approximately 80 students. About 750 students reside on campus, others occupy off-campus college housing, and many live independently.[7] There are 22 residence halls.[9]

The IDX Student Life Center has the dining hall, gym, fitness center, lounge and game room.[28]

Academic buildings include the Hauke Family Campus Center, the S.D. Ireland Family Center for Global Business & Technology, and the Miller Information Commons. Facilities available include 3D animation and game production labs, multimedia classrooms and editing suites, and a photo lab and darkroom.[29][30]

International campuses[edit]

Champlain students have the opportunity to study abroad at the College's international campuses.

  • Dublin, Ireland: Champlain College Dublin Centre opened in the fall of 2008. The Academic Center contains classrooms, a computer lab, and lounge, with residency nearby.[32]

Student Activities[edit]

There are student-run clubs including Book Club, Community Book Program, Champlain Heritage Society, Champlain Theatre, Children’s Club, Dance Team, Drama, an Improvisational theatre, Performance Poetry Club, Vermont Symphony Orchestra Partnership, Champlain Running Team, Champlain Parkour & Freerunning (PK/FR), Champlain Current (campus newspaper), Criminal Justice Club, Computer Networking & Information Security (CNIS), Deliberative Dialogue, Digital Forensics (DFA), Rock Climbing Club, Disney Program, E-gaming Club, Open Source/Free Software Club (FIREHOSE), Heritage Society, International Club, Ski & Ride Club, Speak Easy, Speaker Series, Student Activities Committee (CHAMP), Student Government Association (SGA), Wellness Programs, Web Radio Station, and Willard & Maple (literary magazine).

There are a variety of intramural sports including Basketball, Dodgeball, Golf, Floor Hockey, Ice Hockey, Flag Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Table Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Wiffleball, Volleyball, XC/Road Racing, and Quidditch as well as Men's Division III and Women's Intercollegiate Rugby.

The Center for Service and Civic Engagement is a community service and civic engagement based club that participates in a number of activities such as Tent City (a fundraiser to raise homeless awareness and money for COTS (Committee on Temporary Shelter), and the DREAM program (a mentoring program for underprivileged children). [33]

There is a Student Government Association.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fox, Carolyn. "College Launches New Latin Motto". Champlain View. Champlain College. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  2. ^ a b Biography of President Donald J. Laackman at Champlain College. (2005-07-01). Retrieved on 2014-09-04.
  3. ^ "Champlain at a Glance". Champlain College. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  4. ^ "About Champlain". Champlain College. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  5. ^ "Champlain Abroad". Champlain College. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  6. ^ "Online Learning". Champlain College. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  7. ^ a b c d Johnson, Tim (2008-06-29). "Champlain College fetes its 50 years on the Hill". Burlington Free Press. Retrieved 2008-07-03. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Woodbury Institute of Champlain College". Champlain College. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  9. ^ a b Johnson, Tim (8 July 2010). "From the blogs". Burlington, Vermont: Burlington Free Press. pp. 1B. 
  10. ^ "Perry Hall Welcome Center". Champlain College. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  11. ^ Mease, Stephen. "Champlain College Trustees Announce New President". Champlain College. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  12. ^ Upside-Down Curriculum | Academics | Undergraduate Degrees | Champlain College. Retrieved on 2014-04-12.
  13. ^ "Undergraduate Degree Programs". Champlain College. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  14. ^ "Champlain College Annual Report". Champlain View. Champlain College. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  15. ^ "Core Curriculum". Champlain College. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  16. ^ "Life Skills Education". Champlain College. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  17. ^ About LEAD | Life Experience & Action Dimension | Champlain College. Retrieved on 2014-04-12.
  18. ^ "Core Year 3". Champlain College. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  19. ^ "Champlain College - Best Colleges - Education - US News and World Report". U.S.News & World Report. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  20. ^ [1][dead link]
  21. ^ "Up-and-Coming Schools". Champlain College. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  22. ^ "Nationally Ranked Online Degrees". Champlain College. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  23. ^ "Graduate Studies". Champlain College. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  24. ^ "OEDb Releases 2009 Online College Rankings". Market Wire. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  25. ^ "Best Online Bachelor's Programs". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  26. ^ "Study Abroad". Champlain College. Retrieved 2010-02-03. [dead link]
  27. ^ "Facts at a Glance". Champlain College. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  28. ^ "Student Life". Champlain College. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  29. ^ "Academic Facilities". Champlain College. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  30. ^ "Game Art & Animation". Champlain College. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  31. ^ "Champlain Abroad Montreal". Champlain College. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  32. ^ "Champlain Abroad Dublin". Champlain College. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  33. ^ "Center for Service & Civic Engagement". Champlain College. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 


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