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We're very happy that you have decided to apply for admission to Champlain College. You'll find that our admissions process is a highly personal one.
All the information you need to apply is on this page. If at any point along the way, you have a question or would like support, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Admissions team.
How to Apply as a First-Year Student
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.
Please follow the directions on your application to submit required documentation (listed below).
High School Transcripts
An official copy of your high school transcript is required. Your school counselor can submit the transcript via:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Application & Priority FAFSA Filing Dates||Decision Release Dates*|
|Early Decision I||November 15||Mid December|
|Early Decision II||December 15||Mid January|
|Regular Decision||January 15**
|Transfer||Priority Deadline: April 6||Rolling|
||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.
To be considered for most sources of financial aid, you must first file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a form used by most colleges and universities. The information you provide is then analyzed according to nationally standardized criteria to determine the extent of your financial need.
Don't wait until you receive your admission decision before filing the FAFSA; submit your FAFSA anytime after October 1, even if you have not completed your Champlain admissions application.
To ensure we receive your information, use Champlain's school code: 003684.
Check out this video to learn how the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) gives you access to grants, loans and work-study jobs that can help fund your education.