Champlain College advances in U.S. News ‘Best Colleges’ ranking

For Immediate Release
September 14, 2011

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (Sept. 13, 2011) – Champlain College continues to climb in the college rankings, advancing to 13th place overall in the latest ranking in the 2012 “America’s Best Colleges,” released today by U.S. News & World Report.

Earlier this year, Champlain was included in The Princeton Review’s “376 Best Colleges 2012″ edition and was named one of the Top 10 places to study game design by GamePro magazine.

According to U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges,” Champlain ranks 13th 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 371 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. Champlain was ranked 17th last year in the category. Two years ago, the annual survey named Champlain College one of the “Up and Coming Schools” in the Northeast.

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.”

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 offers study abroad programs at its campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. To learn more about Champlain College, visit www.champlain.edu.

Champlain College tied with Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania. U.S. Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut was ranked number one in the North among schools that offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business and education. The 2012 edition of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges book is available online and will be on newsstands September 20.

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 www.usnews.com/colleges.

The ranking system 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 www.usnews.com.

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.

Champlain College will hold the first of its Open Houses for high school seniors on Saturday, Sept. 17, 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. 15. For more information, visit http://www.champlain.edu/Undergraduate-Studies/Admission/Visits-and-Events.html.

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