Champlain College advances in ‘Best Colleges’ ranking BURLINGTON, Vt. (Aug. 26, 2008) – Champlain College has advanced to 12th place, up seven places from 19th, in the latest ranking in the 2009 Americas Best Colleges, published by U.S. News & World Report. According to America’s Best Colleges, Champlain ranks 12th in the listing of ‘Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the North’ which includes all the New England states, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania. There are 320 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 College tied with two other schools, Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Seton Hall University in Pennsylvania. Cooper Union in New York was ranked number one in the North. The ranking system, now in its seventh year, 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 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. 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, examining cost and financial aid options and using that knowledge and their intuition to determine if a school is the right fit for their interests and career choices,’ said Mary Kay Kennedy, vice president for enrollmen and student life at Champlain College. v The annual college ranking report is timed for release just as students across the country head back to college. More details are available at www.usnews.com(link is external)Orientation begins Aug. 29 for new students and classes begin on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at Champlain College.Champlain College, a private baccalaureate institution, was founded in 1878. Champlain has approximately 2,000 undergraduate students, presenting 32 states and 17 countries. Located in Burlington, Champlain College offers Education in 3 Dimensions, a unique, multi-faceted approach to professional development, academic excellence and community-based life experience education over four years. Champlain also offers study abroad programs with campuses in Dublin, Ireland and Montreal, Quebec and extensive online and continuing professional education To learn more about Champlain College, visit www.champlain.edu(link is external).