am currently returning to Champlain for my sophomore year this
september. I am a communications major and overall I am
happy to have chosen Champlain and can't wait to return.
First off the state of Vermont and specifically the “city”
of Burlington are beautiful and a great place to attend
college. I put “city” in quotations because it is only
a city by Vermont standards. Coming from Jersey or any
other metro area Burlington is more of a large town
than a city. Friends and students from smaller towns in
New England appreciate the size and population of Burlington a
bit more than me, but any person regardless of where
you come from will feel comfortable in Burlington because it
has everything you could ask for. The downtown area and
church street provide the lively city feel while the ski
resorts and hiking areas outside the city gives the area
the perfect balance of nature and civilization.
did not want to attend a smaller school like champlain
when first starting my college search, however UVM which is
actually right up against champlain campus at times, gives Burlington
the big college town feel with the groovy uvy having
around 12,000 students. Making friends outside of Champlain is a
great idea and luckily my good friend from home attends
UVM so we often chill at each-others schools and dorms.
So regardless of what size school you are looking for
both large and small college experiences are offered in Burly.
If you want to keep it small with champlain's 2,000
undergrads, you dont have to bother with the big UVM
up the hill.
As for the boring and least
favorite part for any student the academic work, teachers, and
classes are all manageable, enjoyable, and educational....some more than others.
The COR program you may have heard about is a
terrible idea and one of champlain's biggest problems, along with
the lesser problem of parking. The COR classes basically means
each semester you have 2 mandatory classes everyone in your
grade takes at the same time. It gets annoying, but
some of the COR classes aren't that terrible, the fact
you cant pick 2 out of your 5 classes is
the worst part.
I cant speak for any major
other than my own, but I am extremely happy with
my decision to major in communications. Both advisers for communication
students are great. I have taken a class with my
own advisor and he is a great teacher. The classes
are interesting and after your freshmen year you have a
better idea what area of your major you want to
Finally to adress some of the other
comments and conceptions and misconceptions of champlain. This is a
game design school which means if you cant stand videogame
nerds (and i mean some legit redefine your definition of
a nerd nerds) then stay away. Most are harmless and
just keep to their click of meganerds and play league
of legends locked away in their single in the basement
(extremely accurate statement.) There are a lot of stoners (guilty)
and some students experiment with other drugs and shit. I
just stick to bud and beer but if you're for
the war on drugs, again this school isn't for you.
However if your openminded, outgoing, outdoorsy, want to have some
of the greatest dorms possible as a freshmen and after,
have a fair workload that allows you to enjoy your
time at school, and have a great college experience champlain
is the place.