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Office of Admissions
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Doing a college search is hard. So many questions, so much unfamiliar territory. We have tried to anticipate questions you might have based on those we've been asked by other newly admitted students.
We hope these resources address at least some of your questions, but, of course, we absolutely want you to call, email, or text if you want to chat about anything! You can always reach out directly to your counselor to ask a question, schedule a Zoom video conversation, or just have a phone chat. If you prefer, you can call or text: or email: email@example.com. Whatever you need to help you with your college journey, we are here for you.
If you've decided that Champlain is your first choice, submit your enrollment deposit, and you will be officially enrolled as a Champlain College student.
Please make sure to submit your payment by the following deadlines:
Within a week of depositing, you will receive an email from Champlain with the username and temporary password for your Champlain College Student Account. After you receive the email, activate your Champlain College Student Account as soon as possible (instructions are provided on the activation page; follow instructions for "New Users").
You'll need to activate your account in order to submit your Student Housing Preference Form (if you wish to live on campus). The Housing Selection Preference Form is due by June 1, 2021. You will receive an email from Residential Life with complete instructions for accessing the Housing Preference Form.
As for your MyChamplain email account, you will be able to access that, and many other campus e-resources after June 1, 2021. You will receive an email at your current address when your Champlain College email account is ready. Your new Champlain College email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you previously activated your Champlain College Student Account, you will need to reset your password at welcome.champlain.edu to begin using your new email.Link to this FAQ
All first-year students are housed in one of the restored Victorian-era mansion residence halls located right on or very close to central campus. Find out more about each residence hall here. You'll indicate your preferences when you submit your Incoming Student Housing Preference Form online.
First come, first served: Housing placement priority is given in order of enrollment deposit and Student Housing Preference Form received. The faster you can submit those forms when they are due, the more likely you are to be placed in one of your top-choice residence halls or with the roommates you've selected. The Student Housing Preference Form is available through June 1, 2021.Link to this FAQ
By August 4, 2021, your Housing Assignment will be posted on our housing portal, The Housing Director (our housing software and roommate matching software). We will also send an email to your MyMail account with this information.Link to this FAQ
Your roommate assignment will be posted on our housing portal, The Housing Director, by August 4, 2021, when you get your housing assignment.Link to this FAQ
Single rooms are available in first-year housing, but there are a very limited number of them. Priority for those rooms is given to those with a medical need.
Students may request a single on their Student Housing Preference form, but should also list second and third housing choices.Link to this FAQ
We do our best to provide students with one of their top choices, whether that is a specific hall, room size, roommate, or other accommodation. Students are placed according to their housing preference profiles and in spaces that will be conducive to a great living experience.Link to this FAQ
Typically, guests are welcome in residence halls Sunday-Thursday, 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM and Friday-Saturday, 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM. However, in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on our campus, our guest policy for Fall 2021 may be adjusted. We'll post the most current policy here closer to the start of the Fall semester.
All guests must be visiting a particular person in the residence hall, and the person hosting the guest is responsible for the guest at all times. Guests may stay overnight with agreement from other room occupants; however, each guest may stay a maximum of two nights total each semester. Students and guests must sleep in a room, not a lounge.
Champlain College is located in a residential neighborhood in the City of Burlington, so parking on campus and surrounding streets is extremely limited.
First-year students are not permitted to bring a car to Champlain - unless they applied through the Early Decision Plan.
In an effort to make the most efficient use of our parking spaces and to maintain the excellent relations we enjoy with our neighbors, Champlain has developed a strict campus parking policy that applies to everyone: students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
The good news is that if you didn't apply through our Early Decision Plan, there are still plenty of ways to get around::
While first-year students are not permitted to bring a vehicle to campus, there is a waiver provision based on specific criteria for those who can demonstrate a medical or employment need to have a car on campus. Should a waiver be granted, the parking will be at our satellite lot at 115 Lakeside Avenue, with a small number of Main Campus spaces available for those who meet additional criteria. This off-campus lot is easily accessible by an eight-minute shuttle ride, which operates 18 hours per day, and we offer free taxi rides for the times shuttles aren't running. A parking permit costs $150 per semester.
For a complete description of parking regulations and instructions for obtaining a parking permit waiver, visit the parking website.
Getting to and from home for the holidays is easy using long-distance transportation options. Champlain College is only 15 minutes from the Burlington International Airport, and the downtown bus station, which serves Greyhound, Megabus, and Vermont Translines, is a short walk from campus.
There is an Amtrak station in nearby Essex Junction, which we typically offer free shuttles to during break periods. In addition, it's a good bet that there are other college students who live close to your hometown and would give you a ride. Try using Facebook or student carpooling apps, such as Wheeli.
Quiet hours are 11:00 PM–7:00 AM daily. Of course, courtesy is expected 24 hours a day. During exam periods, 24-hour quiet is required in all residence halls.Link to this FAQ
Champlain College offers a shuttle to Bolton Valley, about 30 minutes away, during the week in the evenings. Occasionally, on the weekends, a free shuttle bus takes students to Stowe and Sugarbush, about an hour's drive from campus.
Other ski areas within driving distance are Jay Peak, Burke, Killington, Smuggler's Notch, and Mad River Glen. For more information about skiing and riding in Vermont, click here.Link to this FAQ
All residential students are required to purchase the Carte Blanche meal plan, which (awesomely) grants unlimited access to the IDX Dining Hall.
The Carte Blanche meal plan also includes $150 in residential Flex to be used at EATS, the retail dining court in the CCM building, where you'll find Zime and The Grille. Flex dollars are used like cash in the IDX Dining Hall and EATS. When you use your card at IDX, it will swipe against your meal plan, if you have one. If you're out of guest swipes, you can still bring a friend in for a meal using your Flex dollars.Link to this FAQ
Your meal plan is programmed onto your Champlain College ID card, and you cannot use the Carte Blanche meal plan to purchase things off campus. That said, your Champlain College ID (CC Card) can also act like a debit card, providing you with CC Cash.
You can make deposits that will load onto your CC Card, which you can then use for campus laundry, the bookstore, and at snack bars. This is separate from your Carte Blanche meal plan. You may also use the debit card around town at multiple vendors, wherever merchants display our CC Card logo.Link to this FAQ
Yes, depending on the score and AP exam that a student has taken. If a student earns a 4 or better on an AP exam, Champlain will award three credits for each exam. For Computer Science, Statistics, and Calculus AP exams, an AP score of 3 or better will be awarded three credits toward specific Computer Science, Statistics, and Calculus courses. If a student earns a "C" or better in a course at another institution, the credit will be awarded. Champlain must receive notification of the AP score or student transcript from the college (you must request that they send it to us) in order to grant the credits.
If you have taken any AP exams, have an official score report sent to the Office of Admissions in August. If you have taken courses at another college, please have that institution send an official transcript. Any courses completed on a college campus must have an official transcript for credit to be granted.
MAIL TRANSCRIPT(S) AND/OR AP SCORES TO:
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 670
Burlington, VT 05402
We have an amazing system of academic support through our SMART Space. We have an entire building devoted to academic success strategies that will help you build your skills, such as goal setting, organizational strategies, reading strategies, note-taking, study strategies, time management, and test taking.
We also have tutor and peer mentoring labs across disciplines, plus online resources available 24/7. This is to say nothing about our award-winning librarians, who are second to none. If you are motivated to seek enrichment and skill building, you'll find no shortage of resources to help you meet your academic goals.
Plus, we take a very human approach, which includes stress-management techniques and programs. For example, we'll bring in puppies for therapy and encouragement near midterms and finals.
Champlain College provides its students with many opportunities to learn how to get the most out of their valuable college education and build skills for a successful future.
In addition to academic support services, which include peer tutoring through its campus labs and 24/7 online tutoring through Smarthinking, Champlain also offers academic coaching programs, which are designed to build your academic skills. Check out all the academic support opportunities Champlain has to offer.Link to this FAQ
Once you have your final schedule, you may order your textbooks. Note that we do not ship to residence halls, the campus mailroom, or any other on-campus location.
With your course schedule in hand, visit the Campus Store's website. Click on the "Books" tab, then continue through the directions to "Search by Course."
Once you have selected your term, department, course number, and section, you'll be able to view all required books. Make sure your section numbers match your schedule. You'll have the option to buy or rent books new or used based on availability. All options can be purchased in the store or online.
When purchasing online, you can choose between free shipping or picking up your books when you get to campus. If you choose in-store pickup, you just need to bring your Champlain College ID card to the bookstore.
If you choose to order your books when you get to campus, after the semester starts, the staff at the Campus Store will help you out. If we're out of stock for a book you need, they'll put in a special order and pay for the shipping. Talk to a team member if you need help.
The Campus Store has almost all books available for renting. To rent a book, you need to bring a credit or debit card, along with a valid ID (driver's license, passport, or state ID card). Students need to make sure that the book is returned to the bookstore by the last day of finals for each semester. If a rental is not returned at the end of the semester, you will be charged the difference between the rental cost and purchase price.
Our return policy is that all books, with a receipt and in resalable condition, can be returned within seven days after the start of the semester. If a student adds/drops a course, they can exchange or return books within 30 days as long as they show valid paperwork.
When buying or renting textbooks, if you find a book somewhere else locally or online for less, we match the price.Link to this FAQ
Yes. You can.
If you are an enrolled new student who has not started classes yet and have questions about changing your major, you may call or text an Admission Counselor at 802.625.0201 to discuss your options.
If you have already started taking classes at Champlain and want to switch majors, contact your current Faculty Advisor and the Program Director of the major you wish to switch into. They'll work together with you and the Registrar to transition your program.Link to this FAQ
All students admitted into a Champlain bachelor's degree program are automatically considered for one of Champlain's merit-based scholarships. These scholarships focus on students who exemplify excellence in academics and engagement outside the classroom.
All admitted students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be considered for Champlain's need-based scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, allowing the College to enroll the brightest, most diverse students regardless of family income.
Champlain reviews each student individually and awards scholarships that match the student's level of achievement, need, and other characteristics.
For more information, contact Champlain College's Compass Student Services at or email@example.com.Link to this FAQ
Banks within walking distance to campus include:
Also, you can use your Champlain College ID card as a CC Cash Card. Once you deposit funds, you can use your CC Cash Card as a debit card, which is accepted by merchants on and off campus where you see the CC Cash Card logo.Link to this FAQ
Champlain College offers a health insurance plan for students who do not have outside insurance. Learn more about our Full-Time Student Health & Accident Insurance options.
The Student Health Center provides health care to Champlain College's undergraduate and international students, both on-campus residents and commuters.
We work with all students, whether they're covered by College insurance or their parent's or guardian's policy. The staff includes registered nurses and nurse practitioners, as well as a variety of medical consultants.Link to this FAQ
At this time, New Student Orientation is scheduled to take place from Thursday, August 26 to Sunday, August 29, however, these dates should be considered tentative.
If Orientation takes place as planned, residence halls will open at 8:00 AM on Thursday, August 26 for move in and classes will start the following Monday, August 30.
Burlington is one of the safest cities in one of the safest states in the country. That said, our campus is our community and maintaining safety and security for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors is our highest priority.
The Campus Public Safety Office provides comprehensive services to prepare for, prevent, and respond to a variety of safety and security situations, including extreme weather, pandemic illness, burglary, and violence on campus. Public safety officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and on-campus emergency call boxes connect you directly to rapid response teams.
To keep all members of our campus community informed, we've implemented a comprehensive Alert Notification System in the event of emergency evacuation, weather-related campus closures, or other situations requiring rapid mass communication.
Additionally, all residence halls are locked; only residents have access cards. All residence halls are hardwired to the Burlington Fire Department, which is two minutes from campus.Link to this FAQ
Our Dining Hall has it all: amazing views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, seven food stations, meals cooked to order, and much more. Sodexo chefs are trained to accommodate a variety of palates. They offer gluten-free, non-dairy, and other allergy-free products every day. You'll also find vegan, vegetarian, and lacto-ovo options at each meal.
Students can also use their Cash Card at Eats - featuring Zime, our "bistro with a twist" and The Grille, which offers a wide range of grilled sandwiches, sides, and daily specials.
For information about Dining Hall hours, meal plan pricing, and menus, visit the Champlain Sodexo website. The best way to see all the good stuff is on the Champlain College Dining Services Facebook page.Link to this FAQ
Some of the best parts of college life are discovering new opportunities, meeting people, and exploring new places.
The IDX Student Life Center is the main hub of activity on campus. You'll find a big-screen television, plenty of comfortable chairs, ultrafast Wi-Fi everywhere, computers, and games. The center also houses the Argosy Gymnasium and the Wellness & Fitness Center.
Numerous clubs and organizations on campus are active throughout the school year, offering ways to meet people with similar interests and students from around the world. From photography to dance, hockey to music, opportunities abound. Most clubs are started by student leaders who want to see fun and rewarding events happening on and off campus. We encourage you to get involved!
If you are interested in helping to plan events and activities, put your ideas into action. Get involved with the Student Government Association or CHAMP. These groups meet regularly to plan and implement many of the great activities that the College sponsors.
The Stall Street Journal is posted throughout campus each week to let you know what's happening. You will also find new listings online each week. We encourage you to attend the annual Activities Fair and barbecue in the second week of classes to learn about all the opportunities for getting involved.Link to this FAQ
Champlain has long maintained a commitment to addressing issues of social justice and environmental stewardship in Burlington and beyond. Our community partners tell us they benefit from our support and involvement. We know that students value the experience of making a difference through learning.
Champlain recognizes that more intentional, productive, and educational service can happen when it is integrated with sustained reflective learning. Energized by this insight, the Center for Service & Sustainability focuses primarily on experiential learning and working collaboratively toward a better, flourishing world for all generations.
The Center for Service and Sustainability offers opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage in service and oversees Sustain Champlain, Champlain's campus sustainability initiative. The Center combines community service with academic instruction by immersing students in critical, reflective thinking and integrating their major, Core Curriculum, and extracurricular learning.Link to this FAQ
The Wellness & Fitness Center has a full range of weights, cycling, and other cardiovascular equipment, and a multipurpose space for dance, group classes—Pilates, Zumba, Body Pump, kickboxing, yoga—and strength-building exercise. The Argosy Gymnasium is available for basketball, soccer, volleyball, and other intramural and recreational activities.Link to this FAQ
If you still have questions, feel free to contact a member of our academic or administrative offices using the links below. If your email is received after hours or on a day the College is closed, someone will get back to you during normal business hours.
Confirm your enrollment and reserve your place as a full-time first-year or transfer student at Champlain.
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