History

Champlain College History

Beaver Weathervane at Champlain College overlooking Lake Champlain

A private, nonprofit college established in 1878, Champlain College is located in Burlington, VT, overlooking majestic Lake Champlain. Rooted in traditional New England educational values and with a reputation for innovation, Champlain's focus has always been on career-minded students. This is illustrated through our selection of degree programs that have evolved over the years but always met the requirements of the changing job market. 

In 1992, Champlain was honored to find that their practice of helping individuals reach professional success through relevant and applicable degree programs had attracted a population of working professional students. However, this new student population was struggling to find the time to attend on-campus classes and the traditional format of education was not well suited for working adults. To better serve our students who needed more flexibility to balance work, family, and school, Champlain College established some of the country's first online academic degree and certificate programs.

Champlain College, accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, now offers more than 60 nationally acclaimed programs in a flexible online format designed to accommodate those who need it most - working adult students. Today, Champlain's 3,000+ online students can be found in all 50 states and around the globe. Each professor and student brings their unique experiences, world travels and diverse perspectives to our globally rich classrooms.