Champlain College In "Top 15" of U.S. News 'Best Colleges' Ranking for the North

BURLINGTON, Vt.  — Champlain College is ranked in the top 15 Regional Colleges in the North according to the 2013 edition of "America's Best Colleges," released today by U.S. News & World Report.

According to U.S. News' "America's Best Colleges," Champlain ranks 15th in the listing of "Best Regional Colleges in the North" which includes all the New England states, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania. There are 370 colleges in four regional categories of institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs in the liberal arts and professional fields. Three years ago, the annual survey named Champlain College one of the "Up and Coming Schools" in the Northeast.

This summer, Champlain was included in The Princeton Review's "377 Best Colleges 2013" edition and has been named one of the Top 10 places to study game design by GamePro magazine.

Champlain College President David F. Finney on the recent rankings said, "This recognition and the others are a reflection of everyone at Champlain College for their continued commitment to providing the most student-centric, professionally-focused, education in the country."
Admission's counselors at Champlain noted that this past year saw an increase of 70 percent in the number of applicants to Champlain College resulting in an incoming Class of 2016 that numbered more than 600. Champlain also offers six of the top "Nine Hottest Majors" according to the US News annual survey, including computer game design, environmental studies, health information, cyber security, new media and information assurance. 
Since 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington. Champlain's distinctive educational approach embodies the notion that true learning only occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and eight master's degree programs. Champlain students can study abroad campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. 

"Best Colleges' Methodology

The U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges package represents the most comprehensive look at how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of 15 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance (National universities and liberal art colleges). A complete summary of the methodology used to rank each school can be found online at The 2013 edition of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges book is available online and will be on newsstands September 18.

The ranking system, now in its 11th year, is controversial among many higher education institutions. However, the publication's editors defend its annual lists as a useful tool for parents and students. According to the authors of the U.S. News "America's Best Colleges," the rankings are "an excellent starting point because they offer the opportunity to judge the relative quality of institutions based on widely accepted indicators of excellence. You can compare different schools' numbers at a glance, and looking at unfamiliar schools that are ranked near schools you know can be a good way to broaden your search. The report uses a range of statistics and criteria such as SAT scores, graduation rates and peer assessment to formulate the ranking. More details are available at

One of many ways to evaluate a college

Admission officers at Champlain College agree that the ranking is one way for students to learn about a school. "More importantly, we have found that prospective students are able to make the best decisions about their educational choices after visiting the campus, meeting other students, touring the facilities and using that knowledge to determine if a school is the right fit for their interests and career choices," said Sarah Andriano, director of undergraduate admissions at Champlain College.

"This really compliments our recent top ranking with Princeton Review and speaks to the quality of education that our students experience," Andriano added.

Champlain also has demonstrated strong results in preparing graduates for the workplace. More than 90 percent of 2011 Champlain College bachelor degree graduates who answered the annual "Employment Survey" report they found employment within 12 months of graduation, according to the 2012 Champlain College Employment Report. Employment data for 86 percent of the graduating class was collected.
The annual survey, conducted by the Champlain College Career Services Office, also shows that more than half of the seniors who graduated in May 2012 had accepted a job offer or expected to begin a job soon after they received their diploma. Of those with jobs, 83 percent said their post-graduation employment is "very" or "somewhat" related to their career goals.

Champlain College will hold the first of its fall Open Houses for high school seniors on Saturday, Sept. 15, with a full program of information for prospective students, campus tours and opportunities to meet with students and faculty. A second fall open house will be held Oct. 27. For more information, visit

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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