Transfer Students Thrive at Champlain

View of Lake Champlain from Miller Information Commons at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont

Since 1878, Champlain has been preparing passionate students for rewarding careers and successful lives. In fact, Champlain started out as a preparatory college, offering one- and two-year programs, with day classes for traditional students and evening classes for working professionals, until expanding its offerings to bachelor's degrees in the 1990s.

So, we get it. We know what it's like to be working toward an immediate goal and, at the same time, planning your long game. You've been working on building your skills, exploring your interests, and figuring out the direction you want to go. And now that you're ready to transfer (or thinking about it), we'll help you take the next step towards your future—you're closer than you think to the career of your dreams.

We also understand that the application process of transfer students differs from those of first time students, and we have dedicated professionals to help you with the application, transfer credit questions, the decision to start in the spring or fall, transferring of financial aid information and much more. While it can feel daunting to "start over" in a new school, here, you become a part of our welcoming family. You'll also become an integral part of a community of educators, artists, business people and others, both on campus and in the greater Burlington area.

Ready to take the next step? Find out how to apply as a transfer student.

Why Champlain?

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At Champlain, you'll experience an education unlike any other, focused on today's issues and tomorrow's challenges. Our multidimensional approach will equip you with the professional and life-management skills to reach your full potential. 

Career-Focused Majors: Champlain has programs in more traditional fields, like Accounting, Education and Communication as well as cutting-edge majors, including Computer Networking & Cybersecurity, Creative Media and Management & Innovation, and all are centered around hands-on, experiential learning. Each program is continually evolving and updated to keep up with the needs of the field.

Core Curriculum: The Core will challenge your assumptions, encourage you to think critically, develop your communication skills and teach you to consider diverse perspectives and integrate them into a broader understanding of yourself and others. The knowledge you gain will help you evolve to be successful professional and global citizen.

In+Sight: Our four-year, comprehensive career and personal finance program will help you to become financially wise and career savvy. In+Sight is integrated with your major and Core as a part of your multifaceted Champlain degree and will teach you how to market yourself, negotiate your salary, manage your finances and, ultimately, set yourself apart for the jobs you want.

View our Academic Catalog for more information and course descriptions.  

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As a transfer student, you'll appreciate our small class sizes (15:1 student/teacher ratio), which provide you with individualized attention from our industry-expert faculty. Champlain professors really get to know who you are and what interests you, and they will help you push beyond your comfort zone and reach your goals. These relationships often result in exciting internship and employment opportunities that come from your teachers' network and connections and form the foundation for a lifelong professional network of your own.

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No matter where we happen to call home, we are all citizens of one global society. At Champlain, we integrate international education into all aspects of the student experience. You may take part in study-abroad opportunities at our international campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland, as well as participate in foreign language curriculum, campus and community programming, internships and international service learning opportunities. Learn more at

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There's perhaps no greater testament to the rewards a Champlain education offers than its exceptional alumni network. As an alum, you'll have access to Champlain Connect, our virtual professional network, which offers a breadth of opportunities to engage, network, locate job opportunities, and offer and seek advice and mentorship. Additionally, Champlain Connect will keep you up to speed about what's new and exciting at Champlain, as well as notify you about upcoming exclusive alumni events and activities. Visit

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Campus Visits: Transfer students have the opportunity to sit with Associate Director of Admissions, Julia Caminiti, to make sure all of their questions are answered, as well as touring campus with one of our Student Ambassadors. To sign up for an information session and a tour of our campus, go to

Commuter Students: Living off campus can sometimes feel isolating for transfer students. We have programs to support students who commute to Champlain and make the transition to Champlain as easy as possible. These programs will help you engage fully, connect with our community and become active participants in campus life.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship: Champlain offers a $5,000 merit-based scholarship to transfer students who are members of the PTK organization with a G.P.A. of 3.5 or better. You must choose to attend Champlain as a full-time student in one of our traditional on-campus undergraduate programs.

Single Parents Program: Being a single parent and making the decision to attend college is a big deal.  Learn more about the opportunities and additional support Champlain provides single parents, including our Single Parent scholarship. Contact Hilary Watson at for more information.

Military & Veterans Benefits: Thinking of transitioning your hard-earned skills and experience into academic and professional success as a Military Veteran student at Champlain College? Learn more about our benefits for military and veteran personnel.

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