Frequently Asked Questions for Accepted Students

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.

Residential Life



Campus Life

Before Arrival

Residential Life

Q. What are the residence halls like, and how do I choose one?

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.

  • FIND OUT MORE ABOUT EACH RESIDENCE HALL (so you can pick your top three to submit on the Housing Request Form/Housing Agreement ). Details on our Residence Hall page.
  • FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. The faster you submit your Housing form, the more likely you are to be placed in one of your top choice Residence Halls (this assumes Tuition & Housing deposits have been made). Complete the Housing Request Form you received in your Accepted Student packet and mail it to Champlain College Residential Life #8, P.O. Box 670, Burlington, VT 05402
  • Check out the Linen Bedding Service, where you can purchase all the bedding you'll need for your residence hall.

Q: When will I find out my housing assignment?

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. 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.

Q: If I am living on campus, can I bring a car?

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, grocery stores and pharmacies. 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.

Q: If I like to snowboard or ski, where is the closest mountain and how can I get there?

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.

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Q: Does Champlain College accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits or college credits from other institutions?

A: Yes, if a student earns a 4 or better on an AP exam, Champlain 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.

Q: Where can I find course descriptions?

A: See our complete listing of course descriptions here.

Q: When do I choose my schedule? Am I guaranteed to get the classes I need?

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.

Q: What kinds of academic support are available?

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.

Q: When and where can I purchase my books?

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.

Q: If I am interested in studying abroad, what should I do?

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.

Q: Whom should I contact if I have questions about my major or changing my major?

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.

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Q: Am I eligible for a scholarship?

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.

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

Q: When is my deposit due?

A: If you've decided that Champlain is your first choice, simply submit a secure online payment for your Tuition and Housing deposit, and you are officially a Champlain College student. Please make sure you get your payment in by the deadline below.

  • Early Decision I: JANUARY 15, 2015
  • Early Decision II: MARCH 15, 2015
  • Regular Decision: MAY 1, 2015
  • Transfer: For Fall term 2015, deposits are due May 1, or two weeks following acceptance, which ever is later. For Spring 2016 deposits are due Nov. 30 or two weeks following acceptance, which ever is later.

Q: When is my tuition due?

A: Tuition for the fall semester is due July 27, 2015. More information regarding tuition and fees, deposits, or payment plans is available at Student Accounts or by contacting the Enrollment Service Center at or 802-860-2777.

Q: I'd like to set up a bank account in Burlington. Which banks are close to campus?

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.

Q: I was told that as a student I could purchase an Apple Computer and get a discount. What steps do I need to take?

A: Find out more about this program by clicking here.

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.

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Campus Life

Q: Where will I find an academic calendar that shows the day school begins and the holiday breaks?

A: Find the academic calendar here.

Q: What is the food on campus like?

A: Our Dining Hall has it all—amazing views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, seven food stations, 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.

Q: Can you talk a bit about campus safety?

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.

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Before Arrival

Q. What are other tasks I need to complete before I arrive on campus?

A. Please look at the Required Forms page and make sure that you have filled everything out and mailed it to us.

Q. What are some other things I might want to do before I arrive?

A. Familiarize yourself with the Summer Launch program (entering First Year students Fall of 2015 only).

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If you still have questions, feel free to contact someone in our academic or administrative offices using the links below:

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