Summer Pre-College Programs for 2018 Announced

Champlain Summer Program

Champlain College will host six pre-college programs this summer from its hillside campus overlooking Burlington and Lake Champlain. The summer institutes offer high school students a chance to dive into a subject they are considering majoring in and to experience life on a college campus, according to Peter Straube, Champlain's strategic events producer.

The Summer 2018 Champlain program options:

  • Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity Academy
  • Champlain Game Academy
  • Mobile App Development Academy
  • Entrepreneurship For Good
  • Young Writers' Conference
  • Art & Design Portfolio-Building

All six programs are designed to strengthen the students' college applications, assist with the transition to a college learning environment and position them for a career they will be excited about. All students receive personal mentoring and work closely with Champlain College professors who have extensive expertise and professional connections in their field. Students often remark on how much fun they have working with a group of their peers who are interested in the same things that they are," Straube added.

Along with attending class or doing creative project work, students are also able to enjoy recreational activities and social events that take advantage of summer in Vermont, he noted. Students stay in one of Champlain's contemporary or Victorian-era residence halls and share meals in the dining hall of the IDX Student Life Center, overlooking scenic Lake Champlain. "Many of the programs have limited space, so we are encouraging students and their families to sign up early to ensure a spot this summer," he added.

Learn more about the 2018 summer pre-college programs at www.champlain.edu/summer


Young Writers' Conference May 25-27: The weekend offers a chance for dedicated young writers to live on the Champlain College campus, meet others who share their passion for storytelling, and study writing with celebrated authors and teachers. Participants will take part in more than 10 hours of intensive workshops in fiction, poetry, songwriting, creative nonfiction, scriptwriting, and environmental writing; exchange and critique manuscripts; listen to faculty readings; attend interactive craft sessions and share work with the Champlain College Young Writers community. Learn more here and register.


Entrepreneurship For Good (E4G): July 8-14: E4G is a one-week summer business program for high school students who want to do something meaningful with their lives. Students develop new skills and learn to use the power of business to make the world a better place. Working in high-energy teams and coached by successful entrepreneurs, you'll create a new product, service or experience that can help relieve chronic social problems ranging from poverty, hunger and homelessness to the environment, literacy, human rights and the well-being of children. Learn how to develop a business or non-profit organization that will not only thrive but also do good work. More information about this program and the application can be found here.


Art & Design Portfolio Building July 7-22: Create or refine your personal portfolio, get a taste of college life and earn three transferable college credits in this intensive, hands-on 16-day learning experience. Choose from tracks in graphic design, film & video, game art, and creative media and get personalized advice on how to present your work for college admittance. Students spend much of each day in the studio, working with industry-experienced professors and artists. More information about this program and the application can be found here.


Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity Academy July 8-21: DFCS is a two-week a residential program at the Leahy Center for Digital Investigation that immerses participants in learning the science and art of investigating computer crimes and building secure networks. Students will learn how to collect and preserve digital evidence using real-life investigative procedures used by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, gain valuable experience applying cybersecurity techniques to protect computers and networks against attack and explore career opportunities in this fast-growing field while enhancing the quality of their college applications. More information about this program and the application can be found here.


Mobile App Development Academy July 21-29:  In this nine-day intensive learning program, you will learn the fundamentals of mobile app development by designing, building and testing your own original app for smartphones and tablets. You'll also build and secure a Web server to host your application. Working in the computer and networking labs on campus and guided by experienced Champlain College professors, students work in teams to design and build a fully-functional mobile application they can use on their own phone or tablet, share with family and friends, and feature on their college applications. For more information about this program, link here.


Champlain Game Academy Session 1: July 9-20 / Session 2: July 23-August 3: This camp is a perfect fit for students who are considering the game industry for a career. There are two residential sessions on campus. This experience will introduce participants to aspects of game development such as game design, game art, and animation, programming, sound, testing and production. Students will work in teams that collaborate across all game development disciplines to create original game projects. Teamwork and creative collaboration will be encouraged, and by the end of the academy, students will have a full understanding of the behind-the-scenes operations of the world's professional game studios. For more information and forms visit here.


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 champlain.edu.