Champlain College Named to Princeton Review's 2017 ‘Best 381 Colleges'

Princeton Review 2017 Best 381 Colleges

BURLINGTON, Vt. (Aug. 30, 2016) - Champlain College was included in the 2017 edition of the Princeton Review's annual college guide, "The Best 381 Colleges," published today. Only about 15 percent of America's four-year colleges are profiled in the annual guide.  "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.

The institutions in "The Best 381 Colleges" (Random House / Princeton Review, $23.99) are assigned rating scores in eight categories based on institutional data collected during the 2015-16 academic year and/or direct feedback from students. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 and they appear in each college's profile. Among the Champlain profile rankings are scores of 94 for quality of life, 97 for Green rating, and 81 for Academics, (up from 78 last year)..

Students quoted in the book report that Champlain's greatest academic strength lies in "excellent professors, innovative classes," and an "inviting small-classroom environment." Champlain's student population is summed up by one student as "Champlain attracts a certain type: open artistic, thoughtful, and intelligent."
"Champlain's outstanding academics are the chief reason we chose it for this book and we strongly recommend it to applicants," says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior VP-Publisher and author of "The Best 381 Colleges." "We make our selections primarily based on data we collect through our annual surveys of administrators at several hundred four-year colleges. Additionally, we give considerable weight to observations from our school visits, opinions of our staff and our 24-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, and an unparalleled amount of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools. We also keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character."

"Champlain's core mission is helping students find their academic and career passions and developing them to their highest potential and being included as one of Princeton Review's top 381 colleges recognizes that ongoing effort. 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.
Champlain College has long been a fixture on other Princeton Review lists, including the Princeton Review's Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition; and was named #13 in the Princeton Review's Top Undergraduate Schools for Video Game Design.

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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:

  • Students are happy,
  • Classroom facilities are great,
  • Career services are great,
  • Internships are widely available,
  • Students love Burlington, VT,
  • Students are environmentally aware.

The Princeton Review's school profiles and ranking lists in "The Best 381 Colleges" are posted at There users can also access the book's lists of schools it profiles and ranks in "Colleges That Pay You Back," and its "Honor Roll" lists saluting schools that received the highest possible score, 99, for Financial Aid, Fire Safety, and Green ratings.

"The Best 381 Colleges" is the 25th edition of The Princeton Review's annual "Best Colleges" book. It is one of 150 Princeton Review books published by Penguin Random House in a line that also includes guides for dozens of standardized tests, and other college guides. The Princeton Review ( is an education services company in Natick, Mass. It is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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