Champlain College Reviews

  • 9 Reviews
  • Burlington (VT)
  • Annual Tuition: $41,010
88% of 9 students said this degree improved their career prospects
78% of 9 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Bill
  • Reviewed: 1/19/2021
  • Degree: Software Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"At least for the Computer Science programs Champlain College Online (CCO), seems like a diploma mill. I chose their program because of it's relative low cost for federal employees. Even despite the "value", I would not enroll again (which is why I'm not continuing on for a bachelor's degree). I graduated with a 3.8 GPA, so it's not like I didn't put in effort. My main problems were the following: -Poor quality of instruction: There were a few excellent professors, but the average were duds. They are required by the department to use all the same course template/syllabus for the same class and most lecture modules are less informative than a Google search on the topic. Furthermore, a masters degree in a given subject doesn't necessarily make you a good instructor. I don't think their vetting process is very strong. -Poor instruction materials: The intro to computer networking class I took, for example, used a textbook from the early 2000s. That is an eternity in internet technology. The main weekly task was answering questions from the back of the book (about old technologies, many of which may not even be widely used anymore). -Poor professor communication: I usually avoided direct messaging with professors because it was generally easier finding answers elsewhere, but when I did some would take more than 48 hours to respond (if they did). -Discussion forums: Requirements and evaluations varied wildly by professor, as did the quality of individual posts. Since the degree program was in a science, every student essentially wrote the same response to the weekly prompts, just using slightly different wording and citations. -Aggressive, misleading marketing: Prior to signing on the dotted line, I was harassed daily with voicemails and emails about enrolling in CCO. If you have a pulse and desire to take out student loans, you're a shoe-in! -Few networking opportunities: This is the same for many online programs I imagine, but it's absolutely something to consider prior to enrolling. I had previously taken a few online MOOCs through EdX and Coursera and the quality was honestly about the same. Perhaps other subjects of study like the humanities or social science may be well-suited to their programs, but I would strongly recommend against enrolling in STEM-related programs with Champlain College Online."
Carolyn
  • Reviewed: 8/19/2018
  • Degree: Conflict Resolution
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"The instruction in this degree program was excellent. You learned from seasoned professionals int he Mediation Field. The majority of the instructors were very knowledgeable and experienced in this field. Initially, the amount of residencies that was required for this program was far too many, however, because the school decided to eliminate this program as a stand alone degree and it was migrated into an MBA program the school cut down on them considerably although it was a great experience. Con: I had a serious health issue and couldn't complete my last assignment for a class on time but the instructor was not sympathetic at all and basically failed me (C-). Even though I appealed my case to the Academic director and had medical proof from a doctor their decision was to side with the instructor and let the grade hold. Ultimately, I was forced to take another class in the MBA field so that I could graduate since I was short the 3 credits I needed. I felt this decision was unjust and I should have been allowed to make up the paper based on my situation.."
Nathaniel Hart
  • Reviewed: 3/29/2018
  • Degree: Broadcasting
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Champlain shines in it's great teaching staff. In everything else, it fails miserably. It became quite clear to me that the administration only wants your money. Core classes only exist to keep students at the school. These credits do not transfer anywhere else, so a lot of students struggling at the school choose to either stay and not enjoy their schooling, or they just drop out of college entirely because going anywhere else means repeating a year. Furthermore, the food is disgusting; bland, salty, coated in chemicals, unhealthy, and always the same. Good luck getting a timely email response from anyone too. If you need information from anyone who is not your professor or your advisor, be prepared to wait a long time. And sometimes, even everyone else is just as hopeless. If you've ever seen that one spongebob"
Lee
  • Reviewed: 2/27/2018
  • Degree: Law
  • Graduation Year: 2011
"Amazing experience, some of the best faculty I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Instructors were universally attorneys working in the field where they taught. The work is not easy, a lot of writing and deep, insightful thought is required. The instructors were easily available for assistance when needed, and appreciated creative thinking. Having worked in the courts after graduation, the classes here reflect what you will find in the real world. This is my second Master's degree, the first was earned in a brick & mortar school, but this was equally on par. Great investment, immensely helpful, I think it was money and time well spent."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2016
  • Degree: Marketing
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"Champlain College is an amazing environment for learning. The professors are challenging and make you think outside the box. While I attended multiple colleges, Champlain was by far the hardest and best college experience I had."
kmp327
  • Reviewed: 9/23/2015
  • Degree: Communications
  • Graduation Year: 2005
"I had an amazing experience at Champlain. The class sizes are small enough to encourage discussion, the professors are available and there are many adjunct faculty who are working right now in the fields to which you aspire. They're always looking for ways to improve the student experience, and the campus is beautiful."
Alex
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2015
  • Degree: Video Game Design
  • Graduation Year: 2010
"Excellent town, campus, faculty, and education. One of the first higher education institutions to offer video game development, and still one of the best. The price has gone up considerably over the past few years, so be aware, but be assured you will have a great experience."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 7/27/2015
  • Degree: Business
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"Should not cost as muh as it did. Great teachers, loved the Champlain Abroad program - studied in Dublin for a semester. Good cafeteria food. Very fun school, just wish they had a sports program & teams."
MSVOLVO
  • Reviewed: 9/5/2014
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
  • Graduation Year: 2010
"Attending Champlain College online has really prepared me for a rigorous law school program. I graduated in December 2010, and I was highly engaged as a student and very competitive during my studies. I was challenged by every professor that I encountered in course work and finished in the top of my class for graduation. The professors were highly qualified & experienced judges, and lawyers who were very demanding with instructions, deadlines, online etiquette, feedback with grades, and perfection. I did my best to give them exactly what was required. Learning the rules were different for each professor but my encounter during my undergraduate years at three different schools was most invaluable as it truly prepared me for a very intense, rigorous, and tedious challenge. Independence is a must, by following the syllabus carefully, READING & PRINTING it out in it's entirety is your road map (Guide) and key to your SUCCESS. As with anything in life, Nothing is perfect, & professors are no exception. It is your responsibility as an individual to do the best that you can by always preparing yourself to go beyond what is required, by not doing the minimum just to slide being an average student. Anyone can be an average student but a great student knows he or she will have to go well beyond expectations to stand out and above your peers. Do not wait until an assignment is due at midnight to begin working on it at midnight or waiting until the night before the assignment is due to turn in a ten (10) page paper full of spelling errors, improper reference citations, and plagiarism. Trust me, most experienced professors can tell by the first sentence if it's your own words in writing. Always remember, on your first day of class online at Champlain when a professor ask you to submit an introduction of yourself is mainly to identify who you are but more importantly, establishing your writing style so they can recognize when you submit a paper that is not being written by YOU. Just a suggestion that have always worked to my advantage. Get to learn some of the staff working in the admissions office, financial aid office, and advisors by becoming friendlier instead of becoming an enemy & you will begin to see a difference in how your paperwork is being processed. You can always catch many BEES with honey than with Vinegar (Bad Attitude)."