Early Decision First-Year Applicants

How to Apply as a First-Year Early Decision Applicant

If Champlain College is your top choice school, you should absolutely apply through our Early Decision option. It's easy, it's FREE, and there are some key benefits to doing so.

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You'll get your admission decision and financial aid award earlier than candidates who apply through Regular Decision, and you'll be able to enjoy the rest of your senior year and begin making plans for your transition to our campus in Burlington.

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When you apply Early Decision, you are competing against a smaller pool of applicants overall: approximately 400 vs the 5,000+ that will apply through the Regular Decision option. The rate of admission for Early Decision applicants is higher than it is for other applicants. Typically, more than one-third of our incoming classes are admitted through Early Decision.

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Early Decision applicants receive priority in the housing and roommate selection process. Be among the first matched with a roommate and assigned a residence hall. 

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All of our majors are popular, but a few are so popular and specialized that they have enrollment caps: Game Art, Game Design, Game Programming, and Game Production Management. Additionally, Computer & Digital Forensics, Data Science, Filmmaking, Professional Writing, Visual Communication Design, and Computer Networking & Cybersecurity are also in high demand. The Early Decision option allows you to compete against a smaller pool of applicants for the highly coveted spots in these programs.

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We pride ourselves with providing a highly personalized approach to all we do at Champlain. However, in Early Decision, we are processing fewer applications at one time so our Admissions and Financial Aid teams are able to provide families with extra attention.

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As an Early Decision student, you gain access to our Career Catalyst program which, among other things, allows you to attend exclusive networking workshops and events on campus and throughout the country. These professional events are hosted by the Career Collaborative—home to Champlain's unique InSight program which provides students with the career positioning and personal finance know-how they need to be successful. To learn more, you can download a PDF one-sheet that outlines all the ways Early Decision students benefit from the Career Catalyst program.

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Early Decision is a great option for students who know that Champlain is where they want to be for college. Since you can only apply to one school Early Decision, we want to be your top choice! 

The advantages of applying Early Decision are: 

  • Higher Acceptance Rates 
  • Priority roommate and housing selection
  • More space available in capped programs and those that historically fill up first 
  • Peace of mind, knowing earlier on that you're into a school that's a great fit for you
  • Close attention and personalized review by the admissions and financial aid staff 
  • Specialized Networking Events and Career Seminars as part of our new Career Catalyst program 
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Early Decision applications are due December 1.

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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.

If you forgot your password, you can request a new one here.

If you have questions, contact the Admissions Office at admission@champlain.edu. You may also call or text Admissions at 802.625.0201.

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Yes. Please submit it as soon as possible to continue to be considered for admittance. We cannot review your file without your portfolio submission. Please be sure to follow the portfolio submission guidelines for your major.

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As long as we receive your FAFSA prior to the deadline of November 15th, your financial aid offer will be included with your admissions packet.  If we do not have your FAFSA prior to that date you will still receive a financial aid offer with your merit scholarship eligibility.  The Office of Financial Aid will send a revised aid offer including your need based federal, state and institutional aid once you have completed a FAFSA.

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Contact the Office of Financial Aid and their experienced staff will work with you to learn more about your unique situation and discuss options that could include additional scholarship assistance.

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Our Admissions team is here to help, whether you're about to submit your application or are just getting started. We'd love to talk to you; text, call or email your Admission Counselor anytime.

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How to Apply as an Early Decision Applicant


Fill Out an Application for FREE

You can apply to Champlain College using the Common Application or the Champlain College Application. Both are FREE. Regardless of which you choose, all applications are considered equally. 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:

  • Fax to 802.860.2767 // Attention: Admission Operations
  • Mail to Attention: Admissions Operations, 163 South Willard Street, Burlington, VT 05402
  • Common App or Parchment

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.

Early Decision Agreement Form
Please submit the Early Decision Agreement Form to complete your Early Decision application. You can download it 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 Visual Communication Design 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, but in order to be considered for one or more of these, we must have a submitted FAFSA. Champlain's FAFSA code is 003684. View application deadlines.

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If You Are Admitted Through Early Decision

If you are admitted, you will receive your Financial Aid Award Letter at the same time you receive your Acceptance Letter. Early Decision applicants should submit the FAFSA (fafsa.gov) by the November 15 priority filing date. Your enrollment deposit will be due three weeks after you receive your acceptance and Financial Aid Award. Once you decide to accept Champlain's offer of admission, submit your enrollment deposit to confirm your intention to enroll. If you are admitted and have made your enrollment deposit, you should withdraw your applications to other institutions.

If You Are Not Admitted Through Early Decision

If you are not amitted through Early Decision, you will be considered a candidate for admission in the Regular Decision applicant pool (unless you withdraw your application).

Admission counselor at Champlain College speaking with a student.

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.  Learn more...

Learn more about personal interviews for admission

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. Conversely, if you would rather us consider your application without them, we are happy to do that as well. Learn more...

Test-Optional Admissions Page

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. Create your account or sign in...

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Application Deadlines

Early Decision First-Year December 1
First-Year February 1
Transfer Rolling
Spring Enrollment** Rolling

**Certain majors are not eligible for Spring enrollment.
All deadlines are 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

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

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.

Early Decision First-Year December 1
First-Year February 1
Transfer Rolling
Spring Enrollment** Rolling

Champlain's FAFSA code is 003684
All deadlines are 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time)