Champlain Retains Title as ‘Most Innovative School' in North in US News 2017 ‘America's Best Colleges'

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (Sept. 13, 2016) - Champlain College has again been named among the "Most Innovative Schools" in the North in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" 2017 publication released today. A major change for Champlain College happened in the annual rankings as it moved up from consideration as a "Regional College" to "Regional Universities" classification. The category shift represents Champlain's evolution as an institution that provides a full range of graduate programs in addition to traditional undergraduate education.

The size of the comparison pools is also significantly different - there are 334 colleges in the "Regional Colleges" category versus 653 in the "Regional Universities" category. Champlain is ranked #91 in the new "Regional University" listing for 2017. It was #14 in the previous year's "Regional Colleges" ranking. Champlain is also cited as one of the "Best College for Veterans," in the Regional Universities category.

Champlain held on to its "Most Innovative School in the North" title as it moved into the new category. "The Most Innovative School" designation came from a peer assessment survey in spring 2016 that was sent to college presidents, provosts and admission deans who were asked to nominate up to 10 colleges or universities that are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities, according to Robert Morse, director of data research for U.S. News. A college had to receive at least seven nominations to be listed in this category.

"This is a big change for Champlain, but also wonderful recognition of the College's growth in areas of online education and graduate programs," said Lisa Bunders, Vice President for Enrollment Management at Champlain. "It also put Champlain in the same classification of many institutions that prospective students look at when considering us as a possible choice."

"Champlain College is committed to being the finest small, professionally and globally focused college in the United States. We are honored to be recognized by U.S. News as being in the top 100 Regional Universities in the North, and for the continued acknowledgments of our innovative programs and practices," said Champlain College President Donald J. Laackman. "We endeavor to be a leader in educating today's students to become skilled practitioners, effective professionals, and engaged global citizens. Preparing students for the working world is at the heart of what we do extremely well and these college rankings reflect our commitment to that goal," Laackman added.

Bunders noted that Champlain continues to gain broader notice in national college guides. Champlain is included in the "best and most interesting schools" listed in the 2017 "Fiske Guide to Colleges," a leading college guidebook, highlighting colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.

U.S. News's 2017 rankings looks at 653 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. The North regional ranking includes all colleges in New England, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

"Champlain's position in the rankings reflects well upon our commitment to an educational paradigm that focuses on the whole student experience-relevant professionally-focused education, integrated core liberal learning, and co-curricular life skills, such as financial sophistication," said Laurie Quinn, Champlain College Provost & Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs.

College officials agree that rankings are one of the several ways 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, talking with faculty, 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 Chris Perlongo, Director of Admissions.
Champlain College will hold two fall Open Houses for high school seniors, juniors and transfer students on Saturday, Sept. 17 and Oct. 15, with an information program designed for prospective students and their families with student-led campus tours and opportunities to meet with faculty and talk with current students. For more information about the Open Houses, Champlain College, or to arrange a campus visit, go to

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Champlain College continued its strong showing in the 2017 edition of the Princeton Review's annual college guide, "The Best 381 Colleges," published in August, and is included in the Princeton Review's Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2016 Edition; and was named #15 in the Princeton Review's Top Undergraduate Schools for Video Game Design. The Atlantic magazine described Champlain as the "Ideal College," in an article profiling the college and its programs.
"We are very pleased that U.S. News, Fiske, and the Princeton Review, among others, continue to include Champlain College as one of the top colleges in the nation," noted Perlongo.

"Champlain is all about helping students find their academic and career passions and developing them to their highest potential and this 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," he said.

Since 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience and more than 60 online undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates. Champlain students can study abroad at its campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland.

The U.S. News & World Report 2017 "America's Best Colleges" represents a comprehensive look at how more than 1,400 accredited four-year colleges 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. The new edition is available online today and will be on newsstands later this month. More details are available at See Champlain College's US News page 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