First-Year Applicants

Smiling student wearing a green hat, sunglasses and grey hoodie with the word Champlain across it in green text at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont

We're very happy that you have decided to become a candidate 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.

Upcoming Holiday Break
The College will be closed for the holidays from Monday, December 23, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020. If you have questions during this time, please refer to our list of frequently asked questions.

How to Apply as a First-Year Student

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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.

Common Application Champlain College Application

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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

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.

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

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

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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.

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. 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
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 offer optional Personal Interviews with high school seniors and transfer students interested in applying to Champlain. The conversation is casual and can take place during your campus visit, when our Admissions Counselors are traveling to your hometown or via Google Hangouts or Skype.  Learn more...

Learn more about personal interviews for admission

The Champlain Visit Scholarship

We highly recommend a campus visit for all applicants for whom it is feasible. We offer a $4,000 scholarship to be applied toward tuition for all applicants and admitted students who have come for an official campus visit. Start by checking out our virtual tour. Learn more about the Champlain Visit Scholarship...

Learn more about the Champlain Visit Scholarship

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...

Create application dashboard account

Application Deadlines

ADMISSIONS PROGRAMDUE DATE
Early Decision First-Year Nov. 15
First-Year Jan. 15
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.

ADMISSIONS PROGRAM FAFSA PRIORITY FILING DATES
Early Decision First-Year Nov. 15
First-Year Jan. 15
Transfer Rolling
Spring Enrollment** Rolling

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