Early Decision Frequently Asked Questions

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Our Early Decision deadline is November 15, and our Second Early Decision deadline is January 15. The Early Decision Plan is highly recommended for all students who list Champlain as a top-choice school.

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Yes. While we can't guarantee admission, your chances are far higher of gaining admission to Champlain through Early Decision because you are competing for admission against a smaller overall pool of applicants. This is particularly true in our high-demand majors like Game Design, Game Art, Computer Science & Innovation, Computer Digital Forensics, among others.

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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 application 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 Early Decision deadline (Nov. 15) and are admitted, you will be notified of your admission decision online via the Application Dashboard in mid-December, and you will receive your letter of admission and financial aid offer by mail a few days after that. If you applied by the Second Early Decision deadline (Jan. 15), you'll receive your decision in early February.

If you plan on submitting a FAFSA, please do so prior to the 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. More than 95% of students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships and grants that do not need to be repaid.

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Absolutely. Our financial aid process is exactly the same for Early Decision applicants as it is for Regular Decision applicants. What that means is you will receive the same financial aid consideration as all other applicants (this may not be true at other institutions). More than 95% of students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships and grants that do not need to be repaid. Applying Early Decision also allows you to work more closely with our Financial Aid Counselors after you receive your financial aid offer. We will not be releasing decisions for our Regular Decision applicants until early March. 

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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 typically far higher than it is for Regular Decision applicants. Last year, Champlain had a record number of 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 November 15, or before January 15 for the Second Early Decision Plan.

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 November 15 deadline if you would like to receive your admission decision in mid-December (or by January 15 to receive your decision in early February).

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There are no risks to applying to Champlain College through our Early Decision plan. You'll be glad you did!

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More questions about applying Early Decision?

If you have any remaining questions about Early Decision, email us at admission@champlain.edu or call or text (802) 625-0201, and we'd be happy to answer them!

Want to learn more about the unique advantages of applying Early Decision? See 6 Benefits of Early Decision here.