Admission Waitlist FAQs

Champlain received a record-breaking number of applications this year, with far more well-qualified applicants than we have the capacity to admit. We are pleased to offer a select pool of applicants who demonstrated strong potential to succeed here at Champlain a spot on our waitlist for the Class of 2026.

If you have received an offer from our Office of Admissions to join our waitlist for the Class of 2026, please respond to your offer using the link found in your offer email. We ask that all students offered a position on the waitlist respond to their offers, regardless of their decision to remain on the waitlist or not.

We understand that you may have questions about what this means for your college search. Please see below for some of our most frequently asked questions, and reach out to your Admissions Counselor with any further questions you may have

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A waitlist offer is not a denial of admission; it means we were impressed by your application but cannot accept you at this time due to space constraints. The admissions process is extremely rigorous and competitive, with a strict limit on the number of candidates we can enroll. Due to a record-breaking number of applications, select applicants that have met our admission criteria and demonstrated they are likely to succeed at Champlain have been offered a position on our waitlist. This provides them the opportunity to have their applications reviewed and considered for admission should space become available. 

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We ask that all students offered a position on the waitlist respond, regardless of their decision to remain on the waitlist or not. While there is no deadline, the sooner you respond, the sooner we will be able to notify you should space become available. Priority is given in the order in which responses are received.

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No. Evaluations are based on space that becomes available, including at the programmatic level. While the waitlist is not ranked for the overall strength of applications, it does provide Admissions Counselors a pool of qualified, interested applicants to consider if/when a space for which they qualify becomes available.

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The most important action you must take is to confirm your position on our waitlist. To confirm your position, please refer to the link in your offer email. Additionally, we advise that you reach out to your Admissions Counselor, who will be able to work with you through the process.

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If we have an opening in the program to which you applied, the chances are very good. That said, our ability to admit additional students is dependent upon how many students accept their offer of admission in each program. If you are considering changing the major to which you applied, please contact your Admissions Counselor immediately.

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We ask for your patience with this process. It's possible admitted students may inform us right away that they have opted to attend another institution, in which case, the waitlist may be considered as early as mid-March. Should space open up for the fall semester and you are admitted, we will notify you as soon as possible and send the full admitted student welcome booklet and your financial aid offer.

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Our hope is that we will be able to offer you admission prior to May 1. However, if we have not been able to offer you a space in our class by that time, we recommend that you submit an enrollment deposit at another institution to secure your place elsewhere—even if Champlain College is still your first-choice school—as there is a possibility that a position may not become available for you. 

If we are able to offer you a place in the incoming fall class after May 1, you may choose to forfeit your initial deposit at another institution in order to enroll at Champlain. You will have three weeks to decide if you want to enroll at Champlain. Once we have received your deposit, you will be able to submit your housing preferences and make any required course selections for your fall schedule.

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None whatsoever. Being admitted from the waitlist will not affect your ability to be housed in one of our Victorian-era residence halls for first-years or make course selections.

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Yes. All students admitted from the waitlist will receive the same financial aid consideration for merit and need-based aid as other admitted students. You will receive your financial aid offer at the same time you receive your admission decision. If you are selected for admission from the waitlist and did not initially list Champlain College on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), be sure to update your FAFSA to include Champlain (school code: 003684) to be considered for all need-based financial aid for which you may be eligible.

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Deferment is granted on a case-by-case basis for all incoming students, regardless of waitlist status. Students wishing to defer should notify their Admissions Counselor, who will work with them through the approval process. 

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