Champlain College Featured in the 2019 Princeton Review’s “Best 384 Colleges”

Perry Hall, Champlain Admissions Center

BURLINGTON, Vt. —Champlain College is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2019 edition of its college guide, “The Best 384 Colleges.”

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book, which is one of The Princeton Review’s most popular guides. It includes detailed profiles of 384 colleges with rating scores in eight categories. The book also lists top 20 schools in 62 categories. All of the ranking lists are based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of students attending the colleges.

“We chose Champlain College for this book because it offers outstanding academics,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief and author of “The Best 384 Colleges.” “Our selections are primarily based on our surveys of administrators at several hundred four-year colleges. We also visit dozens of colleges each year and give considerable weight to opinions of our staff and our 24-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, Most importantly, we look at the valuable feedback we get from each school’s customers—our surveys of students attending them. We also keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity, and character.”

“We are very pleased that The Princeton Review and other publications continue to include Champlain College as one of the top colleges in the nation,” noted Lisa Bunders, Vice President of Enrollment Management at Champlain College.

In its profile on Champlain College, The Princeton Review praises it for its “career-focused curriculum” and quotes extensively from Champlain students:

  • “Networking and the emphasis on internships at Champlain leads to job placements relevant to your chosen major after (or before!) graduation.”
  • “The upside-down curriculum, which uniquely allows undergraduates to take major-specific courses in their first semester, means I could begin major-related work on the first day.”
  • “The small class sizes allow your professors and classmates to know, contribute to, and follow your success.”
  • “Everyone is incredibly friendly and supportive. I love that Champlain is large enough not to know everyone but small enough that it still feels like family.

“Champlain’s core mission is to help students find their academic and career passions and develop them to their highest potential. Preparing students for the opportunities and challenges of an increasingly competitive world is not negotiable for us. When a student graduates from Champlain College, they can be confident that they are not only career-ready but also life-ready,” Bunders said.

As a whole, the Princeton Review notes Champlain students are “motivated and engaged.” They enjoy the social opportunities afforded by Burlington and Champlain, but “are also serious about doing big things and going far in life.”

In a “Survey Says” sidebar in the book’s profile on Champlain, The Princeton Review lists topics that Champlain students surveyed for the book were in most agreement about in their answers to survey questions. The list includes:

  • Classroom facilities are great
  • Career services are great
  • Internships are widely available
  • Class discussions encouraged
  • Students are environmentally aware
  • Students love Burlington, VT

The schools in “The Best 384 Colleges” also have rating scores in eight categories. Rating scores are on a scale of 60 to 99. Categories include Academics, Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety, and Green, a measure of a school’s commitment to sustainability and the environment in its policies, practices and education programs. Among the ratings in the Champlain profile are scores of 93 for quality of life and 95 for green rating. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each rating score in the book and at

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges from 1 to 384 in any category. Instead, it uses students’ ratings of their schools to compile 62 ranking lists of top 20 colleges in the book in various categories. The lists in this edition are entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of 138,000 students attending the colleges. The 80-question survey asks students about their school's academics/administration, life at their college, their fellow students, and themselves.

The Princeton Review’s school profiles and ranking lists in “The Best 384 Colleges” are posted at

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