Champlain College

Champlain College is a private institution that was founded in Burlington, Vt. as a small business school. Since then, it has evolved from a two-room school to one of the highest-rated colleges in its region, with an undergraduate enrollment of almost 2,000 students. It ranked 13th in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 list of the best colleges in the northern region, and in 2011, it was named as one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education by the Princeton Review.

Programs Offered

Champlain College offers undergraduate and master’s degrees at its Burlington, Vt. campus. Its undergraduate programs include business, communication and creative media, education and human studies, and information technology and science. The college has a wide range of specializations within each degree plan. For example, a business administration major can specialize in event management, finance, or business law, and a creative media major can specialize in visual art and design, creative writing, or game media. College-wide minors in computer and digital forensics, foreign languages, game programming, marketing, and more are available for all majors.

Along with the undergraduate studies, Champlain College has graduate programs, such as a Master of Science in Law, healthcare management, digital forensic management, and business administration. It also has online associate and bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business management, health informatics, as well as online graduate programs.


Champlain College has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, which is associated with the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE), since 1990. The radiological technology program is also accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. It has upheld its accreditation since 1986.


Admissions decisions are done on a case-by-case basis, depending on an assessment of how prepared the applicant is for courses at the bachelor’s degree level instead of by grade point average (GPA). For incoming freshman, the school requires four years of writing and reading-intensive English, history, and social sciences courses, as well as three years of mathematics and lab science, two years of a foreign language, and a full course load of challenging senior-year classes.

Freshman and transfer students need to complete an admission application, which can be done online, and send in high school and college transcripts as well as their SAT or ACT scores. Some programs, such as digital filmmaking, game design, or graphic design and digital media, require a portfolio of previous work. Letters of recommendation are optional. Admission into a master’s program differs based on the subject. For example, a prospective MBA student needs to have an undergraduate degree and a GPA that shows their ability to handle graduate-level academics. Transcripts, a resume, and one letter of recommendation are also required. Work experience is suggested, but not mandatory.

Admissions Contact

Champlain College
Admission & Welcome Center
251 South Willard Street
Burlington, VT 05401

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