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Summer Launch

Get Ready for Your Summer Launch Experience

What better way to start college than by already knowing some of your classmates and having shared fun experiences together?

Throughout the summer, Champlain College Student Affairs offers special Summer Launch events to incoming first-year and transfer students. These programs help you get to know your peers and the city of Burlington so you can get a jumpstart on making connections and loving college life.

Summer Launch programs are two- to three-day activities designed by the Student Affairs team to:

  • enable you to see a bit of Burlington over the summer,
  • meet other students from your class, and
  • have a great time before beginning your semester at Champlain.

Incoming students may register for one or more Summer Launch programs. Space is limited for most events, and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The program fee for all programs is $300. Scholarships may be available based on demonstrated financial need. All students must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to attend Summer Launch programs.

If you have any questions, please contact Jared Cadrette, Director of Student Engagement, at jcadrette@champlain.edu or (802) 865-6436.

This year's Summer Launch programs are listed below.

Summer Launch Program Schedule

July 18–20 (Tue–Thu)

Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP)

Join us and kick-start your Champlain experience exploring the beauty of Vermont with fellow adventure-seeking classmates. During our Outdoor Adventure Program, a small group of first-year students will spend three days on a backcountry retreat at a wilderness lodge, building friendships with like-minded classmates. Activities include a beginner’s hike, swimming at a local brook, sharing stories around the campfire, games, and exciting opportunities for getting connected and forging friendships. Space is limited due to lodging and we encourage students to bring tents for those who love the true outdoor experience.

Register for the Outdoor Adventure Program

July 24–26 (Mon–Wed)

Level-Up: Gaming and College Life

Join us for a game-themed experience that is not only filled with exciting games in our brand-new esports facility but also an excellent opportunity to connect with your peers, learn about college life, and explore the beautiful city of Burlington, VT. Meet other incoming students and make new friends (and friendly rivals!), while engaging in thrilling game activities and competitions. Learn valuable teamwork and problem-solving skills while bonding over your favorite games, and then take a break from the screen and enjoy a range of fun outdoor activities that will introduce you to the great opportunities the area has to offer.

Register for the Level-Up Program