Champlain College Urges Prospective Students To Visit Campus During Annual Fall Open Houses

The season of visiting colleges for high school seniors and juniors will kick off this weekend at Champlain College when it holds the first of two open house weekends. For the Sept. 15th event, Champlain expects more than 175 families will tour the campus, meet the faculty and check out the Burlington area. The second Admissions open house will be held Oct. 27.

The annual fall open houses are great opportunities to meet other prospective students as well as faculty, staff, current students and alumni and brings more than 1,000 people to campus each fall. It is also a chance for prospective students and families to explore Burlington and see what it has to offer.

Tori Muzyk, a first-year professional writing major, reflected on her time at a Champlain open house last fall, "Although I live five hours away, coming to an open house at Champlain was essential to making my decision to enroll here. I got to meet some of my soon-to-be classmates from all over the country. We kept in touch through our senior year of high school and later decided to register for a Summer Launch Program together."

"Last year there was a record-breaking number of applicants for admission to the Class of 2016," said Admissions Counselor Bret Dewhurst. "The Fall Open Houses are the first time most students get to see Champlain's campus. It's a great way for them to see and experience all aspects of a Champlain College education; the day features a full agenda so families get the most out of these one-day events."

Along with the 175 students on Saturday will come family and friends, bringing the weekend visitor count to about 450 people coming from all over the country.

"The first time my dad and I saw the campus, we knew this is where I had to go to school," said Muzyk. "I also got to meet professors and staff members that helped me choose which major was right for me."

Each of the four divisions — Business, Communications & Creative Media, Education & Human Studies and Information Technology & Sciences — will have its own agendas for the event. Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by major specific breakout sessions and a tour of campus. After lunch in Champlain's dining hall there will be an opportunities fair; panels and presentations; drop-in sessions in campus labs, studios, the Emergent Media Center and other Centers of Excellence; and a presentation about financial aid. The afternoon will close with a presentation on the admissions process with a Q & A for parents and students.

Register for the Oct. 27 open house at Campus tours and visits are also available on weekdays and Saturday during the school year.

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit