Apply Early Decision

Students at Champlain College sitting on the grass under a tree near the Admissions buildin

We're very happy that you have decided to become a candidate for admission to Champlain College. You'll find that our admissions process is a highly personal one.

All the information you need to apply is on this page. If at any point along the way, you have a question or would like support, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Admissions team.

Application Checklist

Schedule Personal Interview (optional)

Personal interviews are a great option. We make scheduling these casual conversations as easy as possible by making them available during an on-campus visit, near your hometown (when our Admissions Counselors are at your high school or in your area) or via Google Hangouts or Skype. Learn more about Personal Interviews and how to set one up for yourself.

Fill Out An Application

You can apply to Champlain College using the Common Application. You may also apply through our Champlain Application if you have received an invitation to do so. Either application method is perfectly fine and both will be considered equally. We request that you do not submit more than one application for admission for any given term. Please note that there is no application fee no matter which application format you choose to use.

The Common Application allows you to apply to many schools at once. You will first be required to create an account to get started.

  • Early Decision Deadline         November 15, 2018
  • Regular Decision Deadline      January 15, 2019

Common App

Visit Your Champlain Application Dashboard 

Once you have fully submitted your application for admission to Champlain, you will receive an email inviting you to create an account for your Application Dashboard. No matter which application you used to apply, your Application Dashboard will give you a way to monitor the status of our application, determine if you have any outstanding requirements, and is the first place you can hear about your admission decision. 

Submit Supporting Documentation

  • Official copy of your high school transcript (required)
  • Two recommendations: One recommendation should be from your school counselor and the other recommendation should be from someone who can best highlight your academic potential.
  • Early Decision Applicants: Please submit the Early Decision Agreement Form to complete your Early Decision application.
  • International Students: Students graduating from a high school outside of the United States require additional required documentation.
  • Test Scores (optional):
  • Transfer credits: If you have taken college courses and you would like those courses evaluated for transfer credit, please send official college transcripts.
  • Majors with portfolio requirements: If you are applying to the Creative Media, Filmmaking, Game Art & Animation, Game Design, or Graphic Design & Digital Media majors, please upload your portfolio. Directions to upload your portfolio can be found here.

Please follow the directions on your application to submit required documentation.

If you prefer you may fax or mail documents directly: Fax to (802) 860-2767, Attn: Admissions Operations, 163 South Willard Street, Burlington, VT 05402.

Apply for Financial Aid (optional and recommended)

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) could be an important step in financing your Champlain education. We have a number of merit- and need-based institutional grants and scholarships, but in order to be considered for one or more of these, we must have a submitted FAFSA. The FAFSA for the fall 2019 start term is available as of October 1, 2018. Champlain's FAFSA code is 003684. Learn more about the FAFSA.


Application Deadlines

Admissions ProgramApplication
Due Dates
Nonrefundable Deposit*
Due Dates

Early Decision: First-year only

Nov. 15

Within 3 weeks of admit date

Regular Decision: First-year

Jan. 15

May 1

Regular Decision: Transfer



Spring Enrollment**



All deadlines are 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time).

**Certain majors are not eligible for Spring enrollment.

Please note: Priority for housing is given based on the date the enrollment deposit is received.  Early Decision applicants hear about admissions decisions earlier than other applicants allowing them to be among the first matched with roommates and assigned a residence hall.  

Financial Aid Deadlines

Admissions ProgramFAFSA Priority Filing Dates
Early Decision: First-year only November 15
Regular Decision: First-year January 15
Regular Decision: Transfer Rolling
Spring Enrollment Rolling

Champlain's FAFSA code is 003684.

All deadlines are 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time).