Champlain College

Degree Subject

Champlain College focuses on offering high-quality education that will accelerate your career, and put real job opportunities within reach. The online programs are specially designed to focus on real-world instruction and incorporate education with business acumen – giving you real-world advantage in applying Champlain’s teachings to your chosen career path. You will have the resources and support you need to complete your education through Champlain College’s comprehensive student services. Instructors have received specialized training in using the online environment to ensure an effective learning experience. Champlain’s programs are created in cooperation with industry and business leaders to provide the latest business practices and methods.

Champlain College was ranked 17th in the top tier of the Best Comprehensive Colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2007. Champlain was also recognized as having one of the strongest graduation rates in its field. Champlain’s Division of Continuing Professional Studies program recently ranked third in the United States in a survey of online colleges and universities by the Online Education Database (OEDb).

G.W. Thompson founded Champlain College as Burlington Collegiate Institute in 1878, located in downtown Burlington, Vermont. The name and location of the college changes many times over its history. It was moved to the Hill Section of Burlington in 1958, where it remains today. Over the decades, Champlain has expanded several times to accommodate its growing enrollment numbers: The college’s first dormitories were opened in 1965, it began offering social services programs in the 1970s, and the Hauke Family Campus Center was added in 1989. In 1991, the first bachelor degree programs were offered and in 1993, the college began offering online education programs. In 2002, the first master degree program was offered, and in 2006, Champlain College launched BYOBiz, a program designed to encourage student entrepreneurs. In 2007, Champlain opened an international campus in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A second international campus was established in Dublin, Ireland in 2008, and Champlain acquired Woodbury College in Montpelier, Vermont, changing the name to Woodbury Institute of Champlain College the same year.


Champlain College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Divisions of Education

The Division of Business offers curricula that combine practical experience with ethical decision-making skills to ensure your success in the business world. The instructors focus on active and project-based learning through classroom experiences with businesses.

The Division of Information Technology and Sciences programs integrate hands-on learning with theory and practice and provide the latest industry-focused instruction. The instructors provide individual attention to help students succeed. The curricula consist of unique projects and internships to enhance students’ education and prepare them for successful careers in IT.

The Division of Communication and Creative Media is dedicated to providing cutting-edge programs related to the field. The division offers a variety of different majors from broadcasting and digital filmmaking to professional writing and public relations.

The Division of Education and Human Studies is committed to providing a variety of programs to students who want to dedicate their lives caring for others. The instructors provide effective teaching through their real-world experience in the field.

The Division of Continuing Professional Studies offers online courses and degrees, accelerated classes, and degree programs. The division is committed to helping working students advance their education and careers by utilizing modern technology.

The Core Division provides curricula that are incorporated into the academic aspect of all students. Students are part of the Core no matter what division they are enrolled in. The division focuses on relevant topics from many different perspectives for students to understand how separate disciplines are interrelated.

Scholarships Offered

Champlain College offers various scholarships based on academic achievement and financial need such as the Vermont First Scholarship, New American Student Scholarship, Single Parent Scholarship, and Accounting Excellence Scholarship Fund. Champlain also accepts outside scholarships and grants from private organizations.

Financing Options

Champlain College offers many federal grants and loans, including the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Academic Competitiveness Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Federal Stafford Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized), Federal SMART Grant, Annual Federal Stafford Loan Eligibility, Parent PLUS Loan Program, Federal Perkins Loans, and Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC). Champlain College also offers a Federal Work-Study Program.

Credit Earning Options

Champlain College grants credits for life experience through College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams, military experience, challenge exams, external credentials, and portfolio assessments. Previous college credit will also be reviewed on an individual basis.