Champlain College has been a front-leader in offering an innovative education since its founding in 1878. For 2020, U.S. News and World Report recognized Champlain in its “Most Innovative School” category and ranked it among “America’s Best Colleges.” Several factors contribute to this accolade, such as the unique upside-down curriculum approach, where students begin courses for their major during their freshman year. Forbes recognizes this as a brilliant idea, because students can obtain internships earlier on, and can also explore what it’s really like to study a particular content area before deciding upon a major. The Stiller School of Business has full accreditation through the ACBSP. The graduating class of 2018 had a 99% career placement rate within six months of graduation.
Undergraduate students dive into six classes specific to their major during their first year on campus. The exciting Bachelor of Science majors includes Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Game Production Management, International Business, Management and Innovation, and Marketing. These programs are well-respected, and the curriculum has been designed to meet the highest standards available in the business market. The Finance program has been distinguished as a Chartered Financial Analyst University Affiliated Program. BSBA students can focus their studies with a career-relevant concentration in Business Analytics, Information Systems and Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, or Management. All business students will become strategical thinkers through the Practical Problem-Solving: Integrated Business Experience. International Business students have the opportunity to travel the world, with a significant amount of funding through the Freeman Grant to aid in doing so. These trips create a global mindset and the experience employers are seeking. Marketing students will create and participate in real campaigns driving consumers’ behavior.
The possibilities outside of the classroom are limitless for Stiller students. Students can start a business through the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Through the Sarah Ramsey Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fund, students can receive up to $2,000 per year to help with start-up expenses. Students can practice pitching their product during the pitch workshop, and compete in the Elevator Pitch and Launch Champlain. The Freeman Foundation Grant has helped students conduct meaningful three-month summer internships in Shanghai, China and Kyoto, Japan. For some students, these connections have turned into full-time employment opportunities post-graduation. Students can also spend a semester studying in Montreal, Canada or Dublin, Ireland. Stiller students have recently interned at the World Trade Centre in Dublin, National Life Group, Ben & Jerry’s, and Keurig.
Graduate students can maintain a healthy balance between work, life, and higher education with the 100% online MBA program. Other specialized master’s degrees include Executive Leadership and Human Relations and Organization Development. There are also over 15 undergraduate business certificates available to sharpen skills in Accounting, Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Business, Human Resource Management, Marketing and Communication, Project Management, Supply Chain Management and Logistics, and Web Design. Graduate students can become more marketable with a certificate in Advanced Management, Business Management, Employment Law, Human Resource Management, Leadership, Positive Organization Development, and Supply Chain Management.