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Are We a Match?

At Champlain College, we believe in a smarter way to assess whether prospective students are a good fit for our innovative approach to education. During the application process, we ask for the usual items such as transcripts, standardized test scores (optional), lists of extracurricular activities, essays (optional), and recommendations. Academic measures such as GPA, class rank, and strong writing/communication skills are critical in determining whether students are academically prepared for our intensive, career-focused programs.

In addition to these credentials, we also value certain personal qualities that can tip the balance in favor of admission, even if one aspect of the academic profile is not as strong. We seek highly motivated students with a spirit of innovation, a commitment to inclusivity, an interest in global citizenship, a growth mindset, and strong values of service and environmental sustainability.

Our educational approach goes beyond academic excellence to focus on developing well-rounded individuals who will thrive in our intensive, career-focused programs and make a positive impact on the world.

At Champlain, we strive to create an inclusive and empowering learning community where your unique strengths and aspirations are celebrated and encouraged to flourish. Together, we’ll embark on a transformative path to success, personal growth, and meaningful contributions to society.

The Path to Academic Readiness

With a dynamic curriculum that emphasizes English, math, science, foreign languages, and challenging advanced coursework, our Recommended Academic Preparation ensures that you’re equipped for success. Prepare to embark on an enriching educational journey that is tailored to meet your aspirations.

Academic preparation includes successful completion of a college preparatory curriculum, including:

  • 4 years of reading/writing English
  • 3 years of history/social sciences
  • 3 years of mathematics (at least through Algebra II, and optionally Pre-Calculus, Calculus, or AP Calculus as juniors or seniors)
  • 3 years of natural sciences, including two courses with lab components
  • 2 years of a foreign language
  • A full course load of challenging academic subjects in the senior year.


  • Many students, in order to apply to Champlain, have taken AP courses with exams or other types of tests that may qualify them for credits at the College. If admitted, we award course credits to students as follows:

    • College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Exam: A score of “3” or better.
    • Higher Level (HL) International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam: A score of “5” or better.
    • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Exam: A minimum score of “50” or better.

    Please note that in order to award credit, all test scores must be certified by our office with an official score report. We do not award credit for Standard Level (SL) International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams.




    AP Computer Science A 3,4,5 CSI 150
    AP Computer Science Principals 3,4,5 CSI 100
    AP Stats 3,4,5 MTH 180
    AP Calculus AB 3 MTH 125
    AP Calculus AB 4,5 MTH 230
    AP Calculus BC 3 MTH 125
    AP Calculus BC 4,5 MTH 230 and MTH 240
  • Champlain College is a test-optional institution. There is no downside to not submitting your standardized test scores. If you believe your test scores add value to your application, by all means, do send them.

    • For College Board SAT, please use code 3291
    • For the ACT, please use code 4298


  • If you have been homeschooled, you have the same application requirements as all first-year applicants. Please note that ONLY if the student is admitted and chooses to enroll will we need proof of graduation via homeschool diploma or equivalent from the student’s home state, or the official results of the GED/high school equivalency exam.

    We ask that homeschooled applicants also include:

    • High school transcripts, which should include completed and in-progress coursework with grades and, if possible, a brief course-by-course description.
    • Any courses completed at a secondary or post-secondary school, which will require official transcripts from those institutions.
  • International students whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency. This can be demonstrated through tests such as TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or other accepted exams. Please have an official test score report sent to Champlain College in order to be considered for direct admission to the undergraduate program at Champlain. Our school’s code for the TOEFL is 3291.

    Test score requirements:

    • TOEFL (paper-based): 550 (no sub score lower than 50)
    • TOEFL (internet-based — iBT): 79+ (no sub score lower than 14)
    • IELTS Academic: 6.5 (no sub score lower than 5.5)
    • PTE: 58
    • SAT Verbal: 500+
    • British ‘O’ Level English Pass: A–C

    Notes & Exceptions:

    Students who have been educated entirely in English or who have had at least 3 years of English instruction at an accredited U.S. college/university/high school may be exempt from the English proficiency requirement. However, the College reserves the right to require an international student to take a test to determine the student’s level of English proficiency even if the student has submitted the necessary documentation to waive the English proficiency requirement as described above.

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