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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1878
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Cold (Continental)
    • Location:
    • 163 S Willard Street, Burlington, Vermont, United States, 05401
    • Phone:
    • +18028602700
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Residential

The History of Champlain College

Champlain College is a private college in Burlington, Vermont. Founded in 1878, Champlain offers on-campus undergraduate and online undergraduate courses through Champlain College Online, along with online certificate and degree programs and master's degree programs, in more than 80 subject areas. Champlain enrolls 2,200 undergraduate students on its Burlington, Vermont campus from 44 states and 17 countries.

Champlain was founded in 1878 as Burlington Business School, opened by G.W. Thompson, to prepare young men for “the business cares and responsibilities of life.” In 1884, when E. George Evans acquired the school, it became coeducational and changed its name to Queen City Business College. In 1905 it moved to Bank Street, and in 1910 to moved again to Main Street. A. Gordon Tittemore acquired the college in 1920, and renamed it Burlington Business College. In 1958, the College took on its current name and moved to its present location in the Hill Section of Burlington. That year, it offered associate degree programs and enrolled about 60 students.

Academic Highlights

Champlain College's "Upside Down Curriculum" allows students to take courses related to their major starting in the first semester.

Undergraduate education

  • Champlain awards 29 Undergraduate Degrees on campus, 15 Associate and bachelor's degrees and 25 Undergraduate Certificates online, and 24 Graduate Degrees that can be pursued either on campus or online.

Champlain College Online

  • The college also offers a variety of programs online. Some associate and bachelor's degrees, as well as certificates, can be obtained through 100% online courses.[20] Champlain offers 8 master's degrees, which heavily incorporate online learning.

Champlain Abroad

  • The college has campuses abroad in Montreal and Dublin.

Life in Champlain College

In addition to student-run clubs, the college also hosts intramural sports.

The Center for Service and Sustainability 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).

There is a Student Government Association.

Willard & Maple is an international literary magazine published by Champlain College, with the editorial board made up of both faculty and students.

School Ranking

Champlain College's ranking in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities North, #66.


The average GPA at Champlain College is 3.4. With a GPA of 3.4, Champlain College requires you to be around average in your high school class. You'll need a mix of A's and B's, and very few C's. If you have a lower GPA, you can compensate with harder courses like AP or IB classes.

Notable Alumni

  • Rusty DeWees (graduated 1984), entertainer
  • Maxyne Finkelstein (M.S., 2015), non-profit organization executive
  • Volodymyr Heninson (graduated, 2001), president of soccer's Ukrainian Premier League
  • James McNeil (A.S. 1978), member of the Vermont House of Representatives and Vermont Senat

Acceptance Rate

Champlain College admissions is selective with an acceptance rate of 75%.

Other Campuses
    • 43 Leeson Street Lower, Saint Kevin's, Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
    • 525 Sherbrooke Street E, Montreal, Quebec, Canada



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