Champlain College

Champlain College


Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vermont since 1878. We offer programs that incorporate a unique, three- dimensional, hands-on approach to education. In addition to our Upside-Down Curriculum that allows students to take classes in their major from day one, students become intellectual leaders and engaged citizens through the interdisciplinary Core curriculum. They’ll also gain practical knowledge through the Life Experience & Action Dimension (LEAD) program. As a career-focused institution, Champlain College emphasizes the value of real-world experiences in a chosen field before graduation. Our Career Collaborative is devoted to helping all students complete at least one internship and also offers professional career preparation support.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Summer Experience Imagine College

Champlain College's six-day pre-college initiative, Imagine College, is designed to help create college access for underserved populations, including low-income students, students of color, New Americans and first-generation college students. The program helps students continue toward high school graduation and prepare them for a life of academic, career and personal success in college where they can serve as agents of positive change in their communities. Learn more about Imagine College

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Weekday & Weekend Information Sessions and Open Houses

Award-winning architecture, stunning lake and mountain views, standard setting sustainability features, one-of-a-kind Upside-Down Curriculum, an engaged and lively campus community, all located on 22-acres in the Hill Section, Burlington's most desirable residential neighborhood. The Champlain Experience is so complete, you have to see it to believe it. We welcome you to visit us at any time in beautiful Burlington, Vermont. We offer weekday and weekend visit options and host a number of events throughout the year planned to provide prospective students and their family with a complete understanding of what it's like to attend Champlain College. Learn more about Weekday & Weekend Information Sessions and Open Houses

Scholarship & Financial Aid New American Scholarship

The New American Student Scholarship is a need-based scholarship for Vermont’s refugee and asylum students. Recipients must be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. This scholarship is for tuition only, and the amount varies depending on the students’ expected family contribution and other need-based grants and scholarships the student is eligible to receive. Learn more about New American Scholarship

Scholarship & Financial Aid Vermont First Scholarship

Vermont First Scholarship is for first-generation, college-bound high school seniors from Vermont. Recipients must be full-time, reside in campus housing, and eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. This scholarship, in combination with the expected family contribution, federal and state programs to include work-study, student loans, grants and other gift aid, will provide funding for up to the full cost of attendance at Champlain College. Learn more about Vermont First Scholarship

Scholarship & Financial Aid Frederick and Eleanor Pratt Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2010 by Frederick and Eleanor Pratt, this permanent fund provides tuition assistance to students whose presence on campus will measurably increase the diversity of the Champlain body and additionally may serve as an inspiration to a wide range of Champlain students. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be Vermont residents, with a preference given to those who are the first in their family to attend college, or who reside in Vermont as New Americans. Learn more about Frederick and Eleanor Pratt Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship & Financial Aid Women in Technology Scholarship

The Women in Technology Scholarship was established to support women pursuing careers in technology fields. High school guidance counselors can nominate students to be eligible to win one of two Platinum merit-based scholarships in the amount of $10,000. Selected students will be notified of their award upon acceptance to Champlain College. Learn more about Women in Technology Scholarship

Scholarship & Financial Aid George Burrill and Lola Van Wagenen Endowed Scholarship

Established by trustee George Burrill and his wife Lola Van Wagenen in 2012, this permanent fund provides assistance to students receiving help from our New American Scholarship program. In any year where there might not be a New American in need, the funds will be used to provide assistance to students in our Vermont First Scholarship Program. Learn more about George Burrill and Lola Van Wagenen Endowed Scholarship

Student Life & Support C.A.R.E. Program

Champlain Achievement, Retention and Excellence (CARE), an orientation program is designed to help underrepresented populations, and first-generation college students succeed and thrive in college and beyond. The CARE program includes academic support, mentoring, and the development of a positive identity needed to succeed in college. Learn more about C.A.R.E. Program

Student Diversity

  • 2,267
  • 62/38
  • 15%
    First-generation college students
  • n/a
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 3%
  • 2%
    Black or African American
  • 5%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 72%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 14%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • n/a

Student Success

  • 82%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 62%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 95%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 68%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 113
    Full-time faculty
  • 12
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 14:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations


Cost of Attendance

  • $38,560
  • $37,436
    In-state Tuition
  • $100
    Required Fees
  • $14,472
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $24,918,773
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $25,869
    Average aid package
  • $33,236
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 23%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 69%
    Students with financial need
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 16%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 4,576
    # of applicants
  • 70%
  • 3.20
    Average HS GPA
  • 25
    ACT Composite
  • 520—630
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 510—620
    SAT Math
  • 490—600
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/15
    Regular application closing date
  • n/a
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/01
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date