The Atlantic releases an article about Champlain, "What Would an Ideal College Look Like? A Lot Like This," as part of the American Futures project. Author John Tierney said, "American higher education would be better off if more colleges tried to replicate what's going on here."
The College is designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.
Champlain's library receives the 2012 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).
The College is included in The Princeton Review's "322 Green Colleges" guide.
Six Champlain faculty members are included in The Princeton Review's "Best 300 Professors": J.C. Ellefson, English (Creative Writing);Jonathan Rajewski, Digital Forensics; John P. Rogate, Computer Science; Eric Ronis, Communication; Alan Stracke, Sociology; and Janice Gohm Webster, English.
The College is named one of the top 10 places to study game design by GamePro magazine.
Champlain is ranked 13th in the Best Regional Colleges in the North listing, 17th in the Best Classroom Experience category and third in the Class Discussions Are Encouraged category in The Princeton Review's "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 edition.
The College receives an Exemplary Program Award for Improvement in General Education from the Association for General and Liberal Studies (AGLS).