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BURLINGTON, Vt. — “Fiske Guide to Colleges,” a leading college guidebook, has once again included Champlain College in its 2019 edition which highlights 300-plus colleges and universities designated as the “best and most interesting schools” in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.
Compiled by former New York Times education editor, Edward B. Fiske, the guidebook selects colleges based primarily on academic quality, and includes information about each college’s academics, social life, student body, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food, sports, and clubs.
“Champlain is an up-and-coming college, situated on a hill overlooking Vermont’s scenic Lake Champlain, that has set out to reinvent the relationship between professional studies and the liberal arts through its so-called upside-down curriculum,” notes Fiske. “It’s a small school with a big vision of how to refashion the relationship between professional training and the liberal arts. It offers a unique option for students who have a strong, focused interest in its professional majors and who are eager to ‘press start’ on their careers.”
The Fiske Guide adds comments from current students to help describe the college: “Professors bring a great deal of passion, dedication, and experience that the students can tap into to expand our own knowledge,” says one student. Sixty-eight percent of classes at Champlain have fewer than 20 students, and all are taught on an inquiry basis by professors or adjuncts, with no teaching assistants.
“Champlain puts a lot of effort into the thought of ‘after college,’” says a junior. Fiske notes that virtually all students participate in some sort of internship at some point. Study abroad, which draws about half of the students, plays an important role at Champlain, and the college offers free passports to students who do not already have them. The college maintains satellite campuses in Dublin, Ireland, from which students have easy access to the rest of Europe, and Montreal, a major global center for the game industry. Still dozens of other students go abroad through the school’s internship sites in Shanghai or through Champlain’s service-learning program.
Fiske’s description of Champlain College lauds its location in Burlington and the academic campus which consists of a mix of lovely restored Victorian mansions and complimentary modern structures of brick with slate roofs and green trim.
Champlain College consistently ranks among the top regional colleges in several guides. It is a 2019 College of Distinction. Champlain is also included in the Princeton Review’s The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition and their 2019 “Top 50 Green Colleges.” Champlain was named one of the “Most Innovative Schools” by U.S. News & World Report, and ranks among the top 100 “Best Regional Universities in the North.” It was also featured as “One of the Best Undergraduate Teaching Programs” and a “Best Value School.”
The Fiske Guide is available in bookstores and online. The guide includes Fiske’s “Best Buys” schools that deliver the best education at the most reasonable costs; lists of each school's strongest majors and programs, candid comments from each school's current students and a self-quiz to help students understand which college is right for them.
Learn more about Champlain College at www.champlain.edu.