Champlain College Featured in the 2013 Princeton Review 'The Best 377 Colleges'

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Champlain College is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2013 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 377 Colleges," available online and in print on August 21.

Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the U.S.A. are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review's flagship college guide. This is the second year Champlain College has been included on the list of best colleges.

Champlain College President David F. Finney said, "This recognition is a reflection of everyone at Champlain College for a continued commitment to providing the most student-centric, professionally-focused, education in the country."

It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review's surveys of students attending the colleges. Champlain is ranked 2nd in the "Best Classroom Experience" category and eighth in the "Got Game?" category.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publisher and author of "The Best 377 Colleges," "We commend Champlain for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book. Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 30-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character."

In its profile on Champlain The Princeton Review praises the school for its "professionally focused curriculum" and quotes extensively from Champlain students the Company surveyed for the book. Among their comments about their campus experiences there: "... just about everyone is 'open-minded, laid-back, tech-savvy, professional,' and serious about their educations." "Many have jobs in addition to school." "The typical student is passionate about their major and is seen with a strong group of friends both in and outside of that major." The small campus and structure of the Core program encourage bonding: "Everyone knows everyone...and it's a very comfortable place to live." "The community feels like a family. We all know each other."

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically or from 1 to 377 in any category. Instead it reports in the book 62 ranking lists of "top 20" colleges in various categories. The lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of 122,000 students (about 324 per campus on average) attending the colleges in the book and not on The Princeton Review's opinion of the schools. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their own schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Topics range from assessments of their professors to opinions about their financial aid and campus food. Other ranking lists are based on student reports about their student body's political leanings, race/class relations, and LGBT community acceptance. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list in the book and at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-rankings.aspx

"We are very pleased that The Princeton Review has included Champlain College to be a member of its prestigious Best 377 College list for 2013. However, we are even more proud of the fact that our academic experience continues to be highlighted in their Top 20 rankings for academics," noted Ian Mortimer, Vice President of Enrollment Management at Champlain.

"Champlain is about helping students find their academic and career passions and developing them to their highest potential. When we are ranked second in Class Discussions Encouraged, we feel confident that we are continuing to deliver on this promise. These rankings come from students, and our students feel they are getting the highest level of classroom engagement compared to their peers across the country — we couldn't be prouder. It is a testament to our faculty and their dedication to making our students' investment in education valuable and experiential," he added.

The Princeton Review has posted the school profiles and ranking lists in "The Best 377 Colleges" at PrincetonReview.com. There users can find detailed information about the book, access its list, "150 Best Value Colleges for 2012," and see its "Honor Roll" lists saluting schools that received the highest possible score, 99, for Financial Aid, Fire Safety and Green ratings. The schools in "The Best 377 Colleges" are also part of a group of 633 colleges that The Princeton Review commends (but does not rank) in its website feature, "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region - Northeast / Midwest / Southeast / West."

"The Best 377 Colleges" is the 21st edition of The Princeton Review's annual "best colleges" book. It is one of 150 Princeton Review books published by Random House in a line that also includes test-prep guides for the ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP exams, plus "The Complete Book of Colleges," and "Paying for College Without Going Broke."

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Framingham, MA, the company is not affiliated with Princeton University.

About The Princeton Review

Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review  is a privately held education services company headquartered in Framingham, MA. The Company has long been a leader in helping college and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses, and more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House, Inc. The Princeton Review delivers its programs via a network of more than 5,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S.A., Canada, and international franchises. The Company also partners with schools and guidance counselors worldwide to provide students with college readiness, test preparation and career planning services.


Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit champlain.edu.