You have questions, we have answers. We want to do whatever we can to help you decide if attending Champlain College is right for you. If you don't find the answer to your questions below or in our student handbook please contact our admissions office.
A. All first year students are housed in one of the stunning, completely restored Victorian-era mansion residence halls that ring the central campus. Everywhere you want to be is close at hand (including beautiful downtown Burlington), and each is fully loaded with all the amenities, including wireless internet access and laundry facilities.
A: You'll usually receive your housing assignment in mid to late August. It is a good idea to contact your roommate before the start of school to discuss items you plan on bringing to avoid duplication. Connect with your roommate, and find out who else will be in your dorm, through Champlain's Facebook app. Go to apps.facebook.com/champlain/admit/c/ClassOf18 and click on the "Admitted Yearbook" and then "Residence Hall" tab (once you are on the Wall, feel free to "Start a New Topic" and ask any questions you have); you might want to check back frequently.
A: If you live on campus, you are permitted to have a car. Cars must be registered and parked at the Gilbane Parking Lot. Keep in mind that in Burlington, everything you need is within walking distance, including theaters, movies, art galleries, clothing stores, shopping malls, coffee houses, banks, restaurants, a grocery store and pharmacy. Getting to and from home for the holidays is easy: Champlain College is a 10-minute drive from the Burlington International Airport, and the Greyhound bus station is just down the hill from campus. There is an Amtrak station in nearby Essex Junction. In addition, it's a good bet that there are other college students who live close to your hometown and would give you a ride. If you would like more information, see the parking website for more information.
A: Champlain College offers a shuttle to Bolton Valley, about 20 minutes away, during the week in the evenings. Occasionally on the weekends, a free shuttle bus takes students to Stowe and Sugarbush, about an hour's drive from campus. Other ski areas within driving distance are Jay Peak, Burke, Killington and Mad River Valley. For more information about the ski mountains in Vermont, click here.
A: Yes, if a student earns a 4.0 or better on an AP exam, Champlain College will award three credits for each exam. If a student earns a "C" or better at another institution, credit will be awarded. Champlain must receive notification of the AP score or the final transcript from the college (you must request that they send it to us) in order to grant the credits.
A: See our complete listing of course descriptions here.
A: In your first semester, you are automatically assigned a schedule, which guarantees you the classes you need. To plan your subsequent semesters you will meet with your academic advisor to select your classes. You will be mailed more information about your schedule near the end of the summer.
A: Champlain College provides its students with many opportunities to learn how to get the most out of their valuable college education and build skills for a successful future. In addition to academic support services which include peer-tutoring through its campus labs and 24/7 online tutoring through Smarthinking, Champlain also offers each student the opportunity to work with an academic coach. Check out all the opportunities Champlain has to offer here.
A: Once you have your final schedule you may order your textbooks online for fall courses and have them waiting for you when you arrive on campus. Champlain's bookstore also has the option to rent books each semester. Visit the bookstore website and follow the instructions using the course abbreviations on your schedule to select each department, course number and section number. Even if you plan to buy your books at the store once you arrive on campus you can get an idea of how much they will cost beforehand. Call the Bookstore at 802-863-8961 for more information.
A: There is no better time than when you're in college to spend a semester or a year in a foreign country and earn college credit. The key to studying abroad is meeting with an advisor early on to let him or her know your intentions. That way, he or she can help you plan your schedule to incorporate a study abroad semester into your four-year plan. For more on studying abroad and to learn about our existing programs, click here.
A: Direct any questions you have about your major to your program director.
If you have questions about changing your major, you may contact an admission counselor at (802) 860-2727 to discuss your options.
A: All students accepted into a Champlain bachelor’s degree program are automatically considered for one of Champlain’s merit-based scholarships. These scholarships focus on students who exemplify excellence in academics and engagement outside the classroom—traits that reflect our outstanding students and faculty. All accepted students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be considered for Champlain’s need-based scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to students with demonstrated financial need to allow the College to enroll the brightest, most diverse students regardless of family income. Champlain reviews each student individually and awards scholarships that match the student’s level of achievement, need and other characteristics. For more information, contact the Champlain College Enrollment Service Center at 802-860-2777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A: Tuition for the fall semester is due July 25, 2014. More information regarding tuition and fees, deposits, or payment plans is available at Student Accounts or by contacting the Enrollment Service Center at email@example.com or 802-860-2777.
A: Banks within walking distance to campus (and their Web sites) are listed below:
Champlain College has a CC Cash Card that functions as a debit card and is accepted by merchants on- and off-campus. Click here for more information.
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Q: Do I have to purchase health insurance? Where do I go if I get sick?
A: Champlain College offers a health insurance plan for students who do not have outside insurance. Find more information on our optional Full-Time Student Health & Accident Insurance options. We have an on-campus health services office that is staffed by a nurse and a physician, who have regular clinic hours.
A: Find the academic calendar here.
A:Our Dining Hall has it all-amazing views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountain range, seven food stations every day, meals cooked to order, and much more. Vegetarian options are always available. For information about Dining Hall hours, meal plan pricing and menus, click here. All first year residential students have a meal plan. The best way to see all the good stuff is on the Champlain College Dining Services Facebook.
A: Campus security is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All residence halls are locked; only residents have access cards. Burlington, Vermont in general is a very safe town. The same is true of our campus, but we encourage people to be smart. All residence halls are hard-wired to the Burlington Fire Department, which is two minutes from campus. For more information on campus security, click here.
A. Familiarize yourself with the Summer Launch program (entering First Year students Fall of 2014 only).