COVID-19 Considerations

The college search and application process is exciting and complex. Here at Champlain College, we understand the added challenges you've been facing this year and that your educational experiences have been greatly altered. We want you to know that we're here to support you and work with you.

We've compiled some frequently asked questions, but if there is any other way we can be of assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to our admissions office at:admissions@champlain.edu.

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We've been test optional for the last few years and continue to be so for this year. Being test optional means that we leave it up to the applicant to decide whether or not they'd like us to consider testing as a part of their application. If you are unable to test this year, or don't feel that your testing accurately reflects your abilities—no problem. If you choose not to send in testing, we'll focus more heavily on your transcripts to paint a picture of what type of student you've been and how you may contribute to the academic culture on our campus if admitted.

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We understand that this year has been very different, and that many schools have made changes to their grading structures as a result. We will look at each application in the context of what was offered to that student. No student's chances of admission will be negatively affected by the changes in learning and grading that have been altered due to circumstances beyond your control.

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Please know that we understand how difficult this last year has been. So many opportunities were put on hold and activities that brought you joy, helped you relieve stress and allowed you to come together with a shared interest have been suspended.

That's hard. The Champlain Admissions Office wants you to know that we understand how difficult this has been for you and that we would never disadvantage an applicant for not having been able to participate in an activity. We care about your wellbeing, and your safety above all else. This is a time to focus on doing what you need to for yourself and your family. Do not worry about building a resume or list of accomplishments, you'll have plenty of time for that in the future. Be well, stay safe and take care of yourself.

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We love hosting prospective students and families on campus and we're as disappointed as you are that we haven't been able to hold in person visits lately. But the safety and health of all our community members is of the utmost importance to us. We have, however, really enjoyed getting to know you and finding creative ways for you to get to know us, virtually. Whether it's playing trivia on Kahoot, sitting in on a class with a faculty member or chatting 1:1 with a member of the admissions staff—we've so enjoyed getting to share more about Champlain while learning more about you. We encourage you to take advantage of the wide array of online offerings we have. Find something that matches your interests and what you want to learn about us. And know, we look forward to welcoming you back to campus as soon as we can safely do so.

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Absolutely. We've all had to adapt to new and different ways of doing things this year. We understand the challenges associated with having to adapt to a new learning environment while also experiencing all of the emotions that came along with these sudden changes. Our hope is that over time you've been able to adapt to this new environment, and that you're feeling more comfortable as the days go on. Continue to work hard, do the best you can, and we'll see that reflected in your application.

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And please remember, if you have any questions, concerns or things you'd like to address about your application—we're here to listen! We offer 1:1 interviews and meetings. It's a great opportunity to talk with the admissions counselor assigned to your area, the one who'll be reading your application, and get to know them a bit better. And scheduling has never been easier! To book an appointment today, simply visit our staff website, locate your counselor (based on where you live) and click "schedule an appointment". You'll be taken to our personal booking calendars where you can choose a date and time that works best for you.