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Virtual Gap Program

An inspiring journey into academic college life, holistic well-being, and finding meaning through virtual internship and service experiences.


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Virtual Gap Program

About the Virtual Gap Program

The Virtual Gap Program at Champlain College is an innovative and exploratory experience for high school graduates who are looking for a transformative, cohort-based learning adventure before they officially start college.


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We’ll Help You Find Your Way Forward

It's OK to not know what you want to do after high school.

Graduating high school is a major milestone, but it can also be a stressful time if you're not sure what to do next. We're here to help. The Champlain College Gap Experience was designed to help you consider what’s important to you, what provides you meaning, what inspires you, and what you can bring to others and the world.

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Change Yourself. Change the World.

We created the Virtual Gap Program to help students find their way forward into a rich and meaningful life.

During the program you’ll make the key connections—intellectual, interpersonal, and professional—that will provide a solid foundation for your future success. With expert mentoring and hands-on learning, you will emerge from the gap program with direction, purpose, a stronger sense of self, and with some valuable experience to put on your resume.

Your Three Areas of Growth

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Your Mind, Body, Spirit Self

HOLISTIC WELL-BEING: Discover how to connect with yourself on a deeper level and learn the habits that lead to a happy, fulfilled life. Over the full 15 weeks of each semester, you’ll explore the science of wellness and the art of self-care. Guided by Kimberly Quinn, Ph.D—Champlain’s Well-being and Success Coach—our wellness module will teach you how to handle stress and anxiety using techniques based in proven scholarly research so you can flourish and thrive in all aspects of your life. 

Your Intellectual Self

ACADEMIC DISCOVERY: Experience the difference of college-level academic thinking. Expose yourself to big ideas and learn to think in bold new ways. Quick hit, engaging interactive learning sessions will open up your world. Our leading experts get real on Big Idea topics like Having Impact in the World, Machine Learning, Design Thinking, Relationships and Love, Identity (Gender, Race, Class, etc), and many more. Through guided discussions and self-reflection, you’ll develop informed perspectives on issues that matter.

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Your Professional Self

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Align your interests and strengths with potential career paths, get practical, hands-on experience, and start developing your professional profile. Guided by mentors from the Career Collaborative and Champlain Centers of Experience, you’ll take on an internship, service learning project, or volunteer experience. You’ll collaborate with fellow students and industry insiders on work you will be proud to call out on your resume and LinkedIn profile. (We’ll help you with those, too!)

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Programs at a Glance

Program Options & Costs
Choose from two levels of participation:

  • Level 1: Virtual Gap Program (3-credits): $5,000
  • Level 2: Level 1 + one 3-credit course: $6,800 (financial aid eligible*)

College Credits
Level 1: 3-credits
Level 2: 6-credits

*To be eligible for financial aid, participants must be admitted into a Champlain degree program and meet the requirements for federal financial aid.

Program is open to students who have, or will have, recently graduated high school. We encourage all students who are postponing attending college to apply.

Virtual with live sessions, self-paced lessons, and virtual hands-on experiences. We will provide travel and on-site internships and service-learning opportunities as soon as it is safe to do so.

Start Dates
Spring Semester: Week of January 25, 2021
Fall Semester: Week of August 30, 2021 

The curriculum for the Fall and Spring semesters is unique, and does not require students to take one before the other. No matter if you're a new or continuing student the information in each semester will support your continued growth.

Each semester is 15-weeks

Sign Up for More Info About This Program

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Find direction, fulfillment, and well-being. Fill out this form and we’ll email you more information about the Virtual Gap Program plus this beautiful quote card as a FREE download.

We can't wait to hear from you!

College? Gap year? It shouldn’t have to be either/or. The Virtual Gap Program at Champlain College is [an] interesting model…Developed by the college’s faculty members and administrators, the program will offer up to six academic credits, an online lecture series with ‘big thinkers,’ and a supervised virtual internship.

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Get a headstart on preparing for college

Be more knowledgeable and prepared than your peers when you arrive

Learn how to bounce back, gain control over your thoughts, and develop resilience

Discover how you learn best

Discover what inspires you, excites you, and makes you feel good about yourself

Connect with like-minded people

Connect with careers and industries you’re interested in

Learn time management skills so you can balance your classwork, jobs/internships, and social experiences once on campus

Learn how to advocate for yourself and find the resources you need

Get answers from experts who have “seen it all” and can help you as you enter this next big step in your life



The 2020 Fiske Guide to Colleges selected Champlain as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.


Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" by U.S. News & World Report for the fifth consecutive year in its "America's Best Colleges" 2020 ranking of universities in the North.

TOP 385

Champlain is featured in The Princeton Review's 2020 "Best 385 Colleges" in the United States, including among its "Best Northeastern colleges."

About Champlain College

Champlain College, located in Burlington, Vermont, offers an outstanding education that produces adaptable thinkers, daring change-makers, and inclusive innovators who shape professions and inspire communities. Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a not-for-profit, private college accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). 

Virtual Gap Program participants will be given priority consideration for admission to Champlain College through an expedited admissions process.

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Notice of Non-Discrimination

The College affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunity in education and employment and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of characteristics such as race, creed, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, religion, age, sexual orientaion, sex, gender identity, veteran or military status, HIV-positive status, qualified disability or any other characteristic to the extent protected, and as defined by, applicable law, in the administration of its educational and admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, employment practices, athletic, and other college-administered programs.