Early Decision

First-Year Applicants

At Champlain College, applying through the Early Decision Plan is highly recommended for all students who rank Champlain as their top choice. We specifically seek out students who demonstrate a high level of interest in our career-focused approach to education—and applying through our Early Decision Plan is an influential factor in our decision-making process.

How Our Early Decision Plan Works

You may elect to apply Early Decision on the Champlain College application or on the Common Application. You may still apply to as many other schools as you like through their early action or regular decision admission process; however, you agree to withdraw those applications if admitted to Champlain College.

If you're admitted Early Decision to Champlain College, you'll commit to enroll by submitting your enrollment deposit within three weeks of receiving your offer of admission. Our Early Decision applicants receive the same financial aid consideration as all other applicants. If you feel your financial aid offer is not in line with what your family can afford, you may contact the Office of Financial Aid and request to be released from the agreement.

We offer two different deadlines for Early Decision applicants. Our Early Decision I application deadline is November 15. This is for students who are sure early on that Champlain College is their first choice. For students who need a little more time to decide, but would still like the benefits of applying Early Decision, we have a second Early Decision deadline of December 15.

How to Apply Early Decision

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Is Champlain's Early Decision Plan Right for You?

There are significant advantages to applying Early Decision—including an increased chance of getting admitted and receiving your admission decision months ahead of Regular Decision applicants.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Early Decision

Is it easier to get admitted through the Early Decision plan? (Yes!) Do Early Decision applicants receive their financial aid offer earlier? (Yes!) See answers to these and other common questions.

Read the FAQs

How to Apply to Champlain College as an Early Decision Applicant


Fill Out an Application (No Application Fee)

You can apply to Champlain College using the Common Application or the Champlain College Application. We do not charge an application fee. All Early Decision applications are considered equally, regardless of which option you choose to submit. Please do not submit more than one application for admission. View application deadlines.

Common Application Champlain College Application


Send Us Your Academic Records

Please follow the directions on your application to submit required documentation (listed below). 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

High School Transcripts
An official copy of your high school transcript is required. Your school counselor can submit the transcript via:

  • Common AppParchment, or Scoir
  • Mail to Attention: Admissions Operations, 163 South Willard Street, Burlington, VT 05401
  • Fax to (802) 860-2767 // Attention: Admission Operations

View our academic requirements

Letters of Recommendation
One recommendation should be from your school counselor and the other recommendation should be from someone who can best highlight your academic potential and/or work ethic.

Early Decision Agreement Form
Please submit the Early Decision Agreement Form to complete your Early Decision application.

Download here

Test Scores (optional)
Champlain College is a test-optional institution. Please indicate on your application whether you would like us to consider your test scores (SAT and/or ACT). Students who choose to submit tests scores will use code 3291 for the College Board SAT and code 4298 for the ACT.

Transfer Credits
If you have taken college courses and you would like those courses evaluated for transfer credit, please send official college transcripts.

If you are applying to the Creative Media, Filmmaking, Game Art, Game Design, or Graphic Design & Visual Communication majors, please send us your portfolio. View our portfolio requirements.


Apply for Financial Aid (optional but recommended)

Completing your 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 (more than 95% of students received funds that do not need to be repaid), but in order to be considered for institutional grants and scholarships, we must have a submitted FAFSA. Champlain's FAFSA code is 003684. View application deadlines.

Start your FAFSA

We Are a Test-Optional School

Champlain is a test-optional school. What does that mean to you as an applicant? If you would like us to consider your standardized test scores, by all means, feel free to include them with your submitted application. If you would rather us consider your application without them, we are happy to do that as well.

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Personal Interviews Are Wonderful!

You can tell a lot about people by simply speaking with them. We encourage virtual Personal Interviews for high school seniors and transfer students interested in applying to Champlain. The conversation is casual—it's like two friends getting to know one another.

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Champlain Application Dashboard

Our Application Dashboard allows you to monitor the status of your application and determine if you have any outstanding requirements. If you do not already have an account for our Dashboard, please create one using the same email address you used when applying.

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Application & Financial Aid Deadlines

Application & Priority FAFSA Filing DatesDecision Release Dates*
Early Decision I Application Deadline - November 15
Priority FAFSA Filing Date - To Be Determined, likely late December 
Mid December
Early Decision II January 15 (extended deadline) Rolling
Regular Decision February 1**
Rolling, beginning early March
Transfer Priority Deadline: May 1 Rolling
Spring Enrollment***
Final Deadline: December 1 Rolling

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

File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by these dates to ensure that your financial aid award includes all of the institutional and federal aid you are eligible to receive. If you complete your FAFSA after these dates we will still determine all of your award eligibility, it will just take longer from the time you received your Admissions notification to get this information to you.

Champlain's FAFSA code is 003684

*Decision release dates are contingent on receiving all requisite application materials by the stated deadlines, including transcripts and portfolios, if required.
**We are able to extend our deadline in certain circumstances. Please reach out to an admissions counselor.
***Certain majors are not eligible for Spring enrollment.

Champlain was the only school I applied to. I liked knowing that my spot was secured in my first-choice school. I started getting to know the people I was going to school with earlier, which helped in the fall.

Derek Mann, Broadcast Media Production Major, Class of 2021