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 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


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


Send Us Your Academic Records

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:

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

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.

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


Apply for Financial Aid (optional but recommended)

Completing your 2024-2025 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.

For Early Decision, please submit the Champlain Student Aid Estimator Form (emailed to ED applicants) by these deadlines to be considered for need-based aid. If you do not receive an email from us, please email us at and we will send you the link. With this form, you will automatically be considered for Champlain's Merit Scholarships.

  • Early Decision I - Tuesday, January 16, 2024
  • Early Decision II - Tuesday, January 16, 2024

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. If you would rather us consider your application without them, we are happy to do that as well.

Learn More

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

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

Admissions Application Deadlines

Application DatesDecision Release Dates*
Early Decision I November 15 Mid December
Early Decision II December 15 Mid January
Regular Decision January 15
Mid-February/Early March
Extended Regular Decision February 15 Mid-to-late March
Transfer Priority Deadline: June 1 Rolling
Spring Enrollment**
Priority Deadline: October 1 Rolling

All deadlines are 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to ensure that your financial aid award includes all of the institutional and federal aid you are eligible to receive.

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.
**Certain majors are not eligible for Spring enrollment.




FAFSA Overview

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.

Go to the FAFSA website