Beautiful view of Lake Champlain from the third floor of the Champlain College Library, in Burlington, Vermont

Dreaming of an idyllic campus in New England for college? Look no further.

Join us for Fall Open House 2018

Saturday, October 13, 2018 

Saturday, October 27, 2018 

Check-in: 8:00–9:00 AM | Open House Event: 9:00 AM–3:30 PM

Register for October 13      Register for October 27

Interested in a career in the video game industry?

You should also join us for Game Career Exploration!

Friday, October 12, 2018 

Check-in: 2:00 PM–3:00 PM | Event: 3:30 PM–6:00 PM

We do things differently here.

chauncy windvane

Not all schools are created equal.

At Champlain, you'll experience small class sizes and professors who are 100% dedicated to giving you the best possible education. We're not talking textbooks and lectures. We're talking hands-on, practical learning from professors who have extensive industry experience in their fields. They bring their expertise into the classroom and get you out into the real world to learn from your own experiences as soon as possible.

Our innovative Upside-Down Curriculum gets you started in the classes that matter most to you—beginning in your very first semester, so you can start internships as early as the summer after your first year.

An award-winning college focused entirely on your success.

students enjoying the sun

No doubt our approach is one of the reasons that, year after year, we appear in the most prestigious college ranking guides. Here are just a few of our recent accolades:

  • The Princeton Review's 2018 "The Best 382 Colleges" and 2016 "Guide to 361 Green Colleges"
  • A "Most Innovative School" in U.S. News & World Report's 2018  "America's Best Colleges" regional rankings
  • One of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain, according to the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2018 
  • 2018 College of Distinction
  • "Top School for Game Design" in 2018 in The Princeton Review
  • #12 in the nation for our percentage of students studying abroad among leading colleges and universities by the Institute of International Education
  • The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Champlain College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

Give perspective to your whole college search.

students preparing for class

When you come to the Fall Open House, you'll begin to see for yourself the benefits of

  • an innovative, career-focused approach to higher education (our grads consistently land jobs in their fields at rates higher than national averages);
  • faculty with extensive industry experience in the subject areas in which they teach;
  • a stunningly beautiful campus (we would argue one of the most beautiful in the country);
  • a creative, ambitious and tight-knit community and outstanding student life activities, clubs and trips; and
  • residence halls you can really call home (because they are houses—Victorian-era mansions to be specific).

It will give you a good benchmark for what to ask and look for as you visit other schools.

Interested in a career in the video game industry? Then you should come Friday as well!

Male student with short beard wearing virtual reality goggles at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont

At our Game Career Exploration event on Friday afternoon, October 12, 2018, you will learn the difference between what it takes to be a game animator versus a game designer or game programmer. You can also discover the various career paths on the business side of the industry, which offer many exciting management positions. 

The Princeton Review names Champlain a "Top School for Game Design" in 2018. Experience what it's like to learn in our Game Studio (where students in all game programs come together in an environment modeled after the way the game industry actually works) and see how games are produced in the real world.

Find out why graduates from one of our four game programs have such a high success rate finding positions in the competitive game industry.  

Get ready to discover the major difference of Champlain.

students at champlain college in burlington vermont

If you've been researching colleges, you already know that most lists of majors look more or less the same, with maybe a few that stand out from those you've seen nearly everywhere else.

When you look at Champlain College's list of majors, can you see what links them together? We'll spare you the suspense: Champlain's career-focused majors offer the greatest potential for future employment.

So, on our list of majors you'll find some "traditional" fields, like Accounting, Communication and Social Work, and you'll find a bunch of "nontraditional" majors, like Data Analytics, Computer Networking & Cybersecurity, Game Production Management, Creative Media, Professional Writing, Management & Innovation, and Environmental Studies & Policy, that you will not likely have encountered anywhere else.

No matter which major you choose, your Champlain education will be anything but "typical." Here, there's no such thing.

Seniors—receive expert guidance on your admissions portfolio.

student and teacher

If you could have a Champlain faculty member help fine-tune your application portfolio, would you? During our Fall Open House we host special Portfolio Review Sessions for high school seniors applying to majors with a Portfolio Review Requirement (Creative Media, Filmmaking, Game Art & Animation, Game Design, and Graphic Design & Digital Media).

These events will give you the opportunity to meet one-on-one with faculty for 20 minutes to receive feedback on your portfolio before you submit it with your Champlain application.

To schedule a Portfolio Review Session during Fall Open House, please contact Grace Curley in the Office of Admissions at or 802.383.6626. Space is limited. Requests will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

But wait! If you are a senior, there's more!

student and teacher

If you are a high school senior, you can kill the proverbial two birds with one stone by having an interview with someone on our awesome Admissions team and still experience all that Fall Open House has to offer.

Simply get in touch with Grace Curley in the Office of Admissions at or 802.383.6626 and she will schedule you for an appointment.

If you are interested in this option, don't wait! Space for interview sessions is limited and once they are filled, we will not be able to add any additional times. Call today to schedule your interview!