Champlain College Included in the ‘2016 Fiske Guide to Colleges'

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The "Fiske Guide to Colleges," a leading college guidebook, has selected Champlain College for its 2016 edition highlighting more than 300 of 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. It includes information about each college's academics, social life, student body, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food and extracurricular activities.

"Our inclusion in the Fiske Guide is an recognition of the value and quality of a Champlain College education," noted Champlain President Donald J. Laackman.

"Guides that include student voices, qualitative evaluations, and realistic quantitative comparisons are valuable resources for parents, students and high school counselors looking for colleges that are a good fit," he added.

Fiske, who visited Champlain College earlier this year, describes Champlain in the guide as "a small college with a unique approach to blending professional education and the liberal arts.... (it) is an up-and-coming small 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.'"Fiske cover

The Fiske Guide adds comments from current students to help describe the college, "Champlain is not for everyone," says a sophomore game art and animation major. "But if you have something you're passionate about, if you want a global perspective, and if you want to go somewhere unique, there's nowhere better."

Another student observes: "Champlain is 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 interest in one of the professional majors that it offers and are eager to get started. ‘Champlain is a college where opportunities are at your doorstep,' says a says a business administration major. You just have to take the leap of faith and go for it.'"

Fiske's description of Champlain College lauds its location in Burlington and the academic campus consisting of a mix of lovely restored Victorian mansions and complimentary modern structures of brick with slate roofs and green trim.
While this is the first year Champlain has been included in the Fiske Guide, the College has been consistently ranked among the top regional colleges in U.S. News and World Report's annual "Best Colleges" and was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" in 2013. It is included in the Princeton Review's "The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition" and the Princeton Review "2015 Guide to 353 Green Colleges."

The 880-page guide is available in book stores on July 1 and online at 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

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