Communications Office: Stephen Mease
Champlain College has received a record number of applications for the Fall of 2014— 5,571, up nearly 10 percent over last year, and about 1,000 more applications than in 2012.
The good news comes as admissions counselors at Champlain College are working to review the regular decision applications whose deadline was Feb. 1. The numbers of Early Decision I and II applications, due in mid-November and mid-January are also up over 2013 figures. All acceptances offered under Champlain's early decision program are considered binding, meaning students who apply are making Champlain their first choice. So far, nearly a third of the expected Class of 2018, some 187 early-decision students, plan to attend Champlain in the fall.
"The early numbers are especially good," says Catherine O'Rourke, Vice President of Enrollment Management at Champlain,"in a higher education climate where many schools comparable to Champlain are seeing level numbers or a decline in the number of applications."
Champlain has approximately 2,000 traditional undergraduates in four divisions of study; The Robert Stiller School of Business, the Division of Communications and Creative Media, the Division of Education and Human Studies, and the Division of Information Technology and Sciences.
"When Champlain College was described as 'The Ideal College' in Atlantic magazine last fall, I think that really signaled to a broader audience outside Vermont and New England the rise of Champlain's reputation as a top school on the cutting edge. It is a place willing to approach higher education differently by offering one of the most professionally-focused educations in the country," she noted. "And the number of successful graduates who are finding jobs in their field of study is among the best in the nation."
The undergraduate admissions team is led by Sarah Boston Andriano who noted that Champlain admissions representatives visited more than 700 high schools across the country as well as in nine European cities. The team also hosted on and off-campus open houses for prospective students and high school guidance counselors this fall and winter. Champlain sponsored bus trips from Boston, Hartford, Albany and Portland to bring interested students to campus.
Champlain is also seeing an increase in its international enrollment, with more than 18 countries currently represented on campus. Champlain campuses in Montreal, Dublin and Shanghai are helping to tell the College's story around the world. In return, more than 50 percent of Champlain students will have studied abroad or had an international travel experience.
Champlain continues to attract an increasing number transfer student from colleges and universities across the country.
U.S. News and World Report's" 2014 Best Colleges" rankings last fall cited Champlain College as the single "Up-and-Comer" college in the Northeast, a distinction determined by peer institutions of higher education. It ranked Champlain in the top 15 Regional Colleges in the North in the same edition.
Champlain College President David F. Finney speaking on the success this admissions cycle said it is a reflection of everyone's hard work at Champlain College for their "continued commitment to providing the most student-centric, professionally-focused, education in the country."
A strong mix of cutting edge majors, including game design, environmental studies, health information, cybersecurity, professional writing, international business, new media and information assurance, are also raising Champlain's profile as a leading professional college.
"Every year we are seeing the quality of our prospective students just keep getting better and better, with stronger test scores, higher GPA's and excellent portfolios of work," Andriano said.
Decision letters for regular decision applicants should be in the mail starting in early March. Two on-campus admitted student days will be held on March 29 and April 12. "Having students come to campus, see our beautiful facilities, experience Burlington and get a chance to meet the faculty before they make their final decision is an important part of the process," she added.
"Though, we do find that once they step foot on campus, and especially when they see the view of the city and Lake Champlain from the third floor of the Miller Information Center, they are usually pretty well convinced that Champlain is the right place for them to thrive and succeed," Andriano added.
Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 60 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 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2014 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu.