How to Apply

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Ready to take the first step toward applying to college?

We're here to guide you along the way.

Congratulations, applying to college is a big milestone in life! We have provided a lot of information about how to apply to college in this section, we even have this helpful list of frequently asked questions and answers. BUT if you come to a point where you need help, just let us know—our team of experienced admission counselors is here to help! Applying to Champlain is FREE and we are a test-optional school.

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Early Decision Benefits

  • Find out fast: admission decision before other applicants
  • Raise your odds: compete against a smaller pool of applicants
  • Secure your spot: high demand majors fill up fast

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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 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...

Learn more about personal interviews for admission

The Champlain Visit Scholarship

Normally we would recommend a campus visit for all applicants for whom it is feasible, but due to COVID-19 we are currently unable to welcome you to campus. Good news though, we can bring campus to you through our virtual visits & events. When you attend one of our virtual information sessions you will be eligible for our $4,000 visit scholarship. 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 December 1
First-Year February 1
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 December 1
First-Year February 1
Transfer Rolling
Spring Enrollment** Rolling

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