Upside-Down Curriculum

A Unique Approach to Education

Do What You Love—Starting in Your First Semester

At Champlain, there are no delays between you and your future. With our unique Upside-Down Curriculum, you start taking classes in your major in your first year.

What does "Upside-Down Curriculum" mean to you? Simply put, it means you can:

  • Take as many as six classes in your major during your first year at Champlain.
  • Build a highly marketable resume full of professional skills, credentials and references.
  • Get internships earlier.
  • Have four full years to develop the skills essential for success in your career.

If you enroll as an undeclared major, the Upside-Down Curriculum means you'll be able to take courses in different majors starting in your first semester so you can see which inspires you the most, enabling you to choose the academic path that's right for you by the end of your first year.

Champlain is a pioneer of the Upside-Down Curriculum. Undergraduates can take as many as six classes in their majors during their first year [which] allows them to build a resume of professional skills and credentials and obtain work-related internships after their first year. Students who don’t initially declare a major can take courses in different majors in their first semester so they can explore what most inspires them before picking a field of concentration. 

Forbes magazine



The 2020 Fiske Guide to Colleges selected Champlain as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.


Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" by U.S. News & World Report in its "America's Best Colleges" 2020 ranking of universities in the North.


Of 2018 graduates from Champlain College are either employed or continuing their education within six months after graduating.