Early Decision Frequently Asked Questions

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The Early Decision application deadline for Champlain College is December 1, 2020. The Early Decision Plan is highly recommended for all students for whom Champlain is their top-choice school.

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There are only a few small differences between applying Regular vs Early Decision. You can apply for Early Decision by indicating your preference on your Champlain Application or your Common Application. The only other thing you need to do in addition to the regular supporting materials (transcript, letter of recommendation, etc.), is submit the Champlain College Early Decision Admission Agreement by the December 1 deadline.

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Yes, as an Early Decision applicant at Champlain, you can apply to any other school as an early action or regular decision applicant. You should not, however, apply to any other Early Decision plan. If you are admitted to Champlain as an Early Decision applicant, you agree to withdraw all other applications and enroll at Champlain—unless your Champlain financial aid offer does not meet enough of your demonstrated financial need, in which case you may request to be released from the agreement.

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If you have submitted your application and all supporting materials by the December 1st Early Decision deadline, you will be notified of your admission decision online via the Application Dashboard in the days leading up to the December holiday break (or sooner!) and you will receive your letter of admission and financial aid offer by mail a few days after that if you are accepted.

If you plan on submitting a FAFSA, please do so prior to the December 1st Early Decision deadline. Your financial aid offer will always include your institutional scholarship eligibility. If the FAFSA is received by our deadline, your aid offer will also include need-based scholarships and federal financial aid eligibility.

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The Admissions and Financial Aid process at Champlain is highly personalized. We do everything we can to make Champlain affordable for the students we admit. If you would like us to know more about your unique situation, please contact the Office of Financial Aid to discuss options—which could include additional scholarship assistance. If your Champlain financial aid offer does not meet enough of your demonstrated financial need, you may request to be released from the Early Decision agreement.

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The percentage of students who are admitted through the Early Decision Plan varies from year to year, but typically about a third of our first-year class is admitted and enrolled through the Early Decision Plan. The Early Decision Plan offers a significant competitive advantage in the admissions process. Because the number of Early Decision applicants will be in the hundreds rather than the thousands who will apply Regular Decision, the acceptance rate for Early Decision applicants is far higher than it is for Regular Decision applicants.

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Yes! If you applied Regular Decision and want to switch to the Early Decision Plan, you may do so any time before December 1.

Please note that December 1 is the deadline for your application; supplemental materials can follow.  If you would like to change your application plan, please contact the Office of Admission at admission@champlain.edu or call or text 802.625.0201, and we will help you change your application. You will also need to submit the Champlain College Early Decision Admission Agreement by the December 1 deadline.

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