Transfer Applicants

Ready to join us at Champlain? We can't wait to welcome you.

Champlain enrolls 50 to 100 transfer students each year throughout both the fall and spring semesters, meaning we review and accept applications continuously throughout the year. Please read these step-by-step instructions carefully as the application process for transfer students does differ from those of first-time students.

If you have any questions (about the transfer process or Champlain in general!), please do not hesitate to reach out to our Admissions team. Our Transfer Admissions Counselor can guide you through the application process, and a Transfer Advisor can assist you with a credit evaluation.

Transfer Application Checklist

  Application, submitted via the Common Application or Champlain College Application.

  Official high school transcript or GED.

  Official college transcripts from all institutions attended.

  Portfolio, if required by your intended major.

  SAT or ACT scores, optional.

  Two letters of recommendation, optional but suggested.

  Personal Statement, optional but suggested.

  TOEFL or IELTS or the PTE academic test scores, required for international students if English is not your first language. Please note, the admissions deadline for international transfer students is January 15.



How to Apply as a Transfer Student


Fill Out an Application for FREE

You can apply to Champlain College using the Common Application or the Champlain College Application (both are considered equally!). There are no fees to apply. Please do not submit more than one application for admission.

Common Application Champlain College Application


Send Us Your Academic Records

Official copies of your college transcripts from all colleges attended and your high school transcript are required. Your school can submit the transcript via: Common App, Parchment, or Scoir.

If you prefer to fax or mail your documentation, you may do so at:

(802) 860-2767

Attn: Admissions Operations
163 South Willard Street
Burlington, VT 05402


Submit Your Portfolio (if required for your major)

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 the portfolio requirements and submission instructions.


Submit 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. Official SAT or ACT scores are optional but recommended, especially if the applicant has fewer than 30 credits completed at the time of application.

Students who choose to submit test scores will use code 3291 for the College Board SAT and code 4298 for the ACT. SAT and ACT score reports must be sent to Champlain from the CollegeBoard and ACT websites respectively.


Apply for Financial Aid (optional but recommended)

You should apply for financial aid when you apply for admission if you're interested in financial aid. 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.

Start your FAFSA


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Transfer Admission Criteria

What do we look for in your application? Champlain is seeking transfer students with the ability to thrive both academically and personally on our vibrant campus. More emphasis is placed on your college-level coursework than your high school transcripts for admission consideration, unless you've completed less than one year of college credit. If you have completed less than one year of college credit, your high school transcript is given more weight in admissions consideration.

Contact Leah Miller, transfer admissions counselor, by phone at (802) 383-6635 or by email at to discuss criteria details.

What happens next?

Transfer admissions is rolling. Upon admission, you will receive a Transfer Credit Evaluation (and financial aid letter) along with your letter of acceptance. Based on the credit evaluation, the Associate Registrar will create a class schedule for your first semester at Champlain, so you can be sure you're making progress toward your degree.

Learn more: Transfer Pathways & Credits  


Transfer Timelines

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
Application Priority Deadline June 1 October 1
Application Regular Deadline June 15 November 1
Application Final Deadline July 15 December 1
Recommended FAFSA Submission Deadline May 1 December 1
Decision Notification Rolling Rolling
Deposit Deadline within three weeks of admission within three weeks of admission

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 transfer admissions.

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