Student Studying

Questions, answers & resources for admitted students

Answers to the most commonly asked questions and some super-handy information to keep around.

Doing a college search is hard. So many questions, so much unfamiliar territory. We have tried to anticipate questions you might have based on those we've been asked by other newly admitted students.

We hope these resources address at least some of your questions, but, of course, we absolutely want you to call, email or text if you want to chat about anything! Call or text: 802.625.0201 or email: admission@champlain.edu

We are available to you at all times when the College is open, so feel free to call, email, live chat or stop by the Welcome & Admissions Center at Roger H. Perry Hall. We are happy to help.

But for those questions that may occur to you at random hours of the night-or at other times when you might want answers, but the College is closed-we put together this list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Application/Admission Questions

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If you've decided that Champlain is your first choice, submit a secure online payment tuition and residence hall (if applicable) deposit(s), and you are officially enrolled as a Champlain College student.

Please make sure to submit your payment by the following deadlines:

  • Early Decision within three weeks of date of admission letter
  • Regular Decision by May 1
  • Transfer starting Fall 2018 within two weeks of date of admission letter
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Yes. We are committed to helping our admitted students complete the process of enrollment at Champlain. Deposits deadlines for all applicants are stated above. If you need to request an extension, please email the Director of Admissions, Christopher Perlongo.

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Begin connecting online through the Facebook group page for the Class of 2022. Also, be sure to register to attend Admitted Students Day—there's nothing like meeting in person!

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You may have already activated your Champlain account during the application process. Some students go to welcome.champlain.edu and change their temporary password (MMDDYYYY) prior to being admitted.

If that's you, good. You are activated, but you may still need to submit your deposit(s) to be converted to enrolled student status.

You'll need to activate your account in order to submit your Incoming Student Housing Selection Preference Form: (Fall 2018), which will be available starting March 1, 2018. Seventy-two hours after you submit your deposit, you can go to welcome.champlain.edu and change your temporary password (MMDDYYYY) to activate your Champlain account.

Heads up: Consider submitting your Housing Selection Preference Form as soon as you can after March 1, 2018. Preference is given in the order of those who made their residence hall deposit and have filled out the Housing Selection Preference Form first. It is definitely in your interest to complete this step as soon as you can and no later than June 1, 2018. We will send you a notification and post the step-by-step process on this site after the New Year. These updates will tell you exactly how to access our housing portal and submit your Housing Selection Preference Form.

As for your MyChamplain email account, you will be able to access that, and many other campus e-resources after June 1, 2018. We will be sending you notifications and posting information on this site providing very specific directions on how to access your email account as we get closer to June 1.

Your email address is firstname.lastname@mymail.champlain.edu. Your password is the same one you created when you activated your Champlain account. We encourage you to spend time exploring both the Current Student page and WebAdvisor portal.

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Once you have paid your deposit and activated your Champlain account, the next task will be to fill out your Incoming Student Housing Preference form beginning on March 1, 2018.

After that, there are no other to-dos until mid-May.

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We typically allow students to defer admission for one calendar year; please contact the Director of Admissions, Chris Perlongo at cperlongo@champlain.edu for more information.

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Residential Life Questions

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All first year students are housed in one of the restored Victorian-era mansion residence halls located right on or very close to central campus. Find out more about each residence hall. (You'll indicate your preferences when you submit your Incoming Student Housing Preference Form online.)

First come, first served. The faster you submit your residence hall deposit [https://forms.champlain.edu/secure/deposit/fa-deposit.html] and Incoming Student Housing Preference Form (available beginning March 1, 2018), the more likely you are to be placed in one of your top-choice residence halls or with the roommates you've selected. The deadline for completing the Student Housing Preference Form is June 1, 2018.

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Your housing assignment will be posted on our housing portal, The Housing Director, by August 17, 2018.

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Your roommate assignment will be posted on our housing portal, The Housing Director, by August 17, 2018, when you get your housing assignment.

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Guests are welcome in residence halls Sunday - Thursday, 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM and Friday - Saturday, 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM.

All guests must be visiting a particular person in the residence hall, and the person hosting the guest is responsible for the guest at all times. Guests may stay overnight with agreement from other room occupants; however, each guest may stay a maximum of two nights total each semester.

Students and guests must sleep in a room, not a lounge.

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Champlain College is located in a residential neighborhood in the City of Burlington, so parking on campus and surrounding streets is extremely limited.

In an effort to make the most efficient use of our parking spaces and to maintain the excellent relations we enjoy with our neighbors, Champlain has developed a strict campus parking policy that applies to everyone: students, faculty, staff and visitors.

The good news is that you don't need a car at Champlain, anyway:

At this time, first-year students are permitted to bring their vehicles. This policy is currently under review and is subject to change. The College will notify students of any impending policy shift regarding first-year students and vehicles on campus. Any change to policy would have a provision for those who can demonstrate a medical or employment need to have a car on campus.

All residential student parking is at our satellite lot at 115 Lakeside Avenue, with a small number of main campus spaces available for those who meet special criteria. This off-campus lot is easily accessible by a five-minute shuttle ride, which operates 18-hours per day, and we offer free taxi rides for the times shuttles aren't running. A parking permit is required each semester and costs between $100-$170 per semester.

For a complete description of parking regulations and instructions for obtaining a parking permit, visit the parking website.

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Getting to and from home for the holidays is easy using long-distance transportation options. Champlain College is only 15 minutes from the Burlington International Airport, and the downtown bus station, which serves Greyhound, Megabus and Vermont Translines, is a short walk from campus. There is an Amtrak station in nearby Essex Junction, which we typically offer free shuttles to during break periods. In addition, it's a good bet that there are other college students who live close to your hometown and would give you a ride. Try using Facebook or student carpooling apps, such as Wheeli.


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Emails will be sent to students' Champlain MyMail account when letters and packages arrive. Visit the mail room page for more information.

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Quiet hours are 11:00 PM - 7:00 AM daily. Of course, courtesy is expected 24 hours a day. During exam periods, 24-hour quiet is required in all residence halls.

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Champlain College offers a shuttle to Bolton Valley, about 30 minutes away, during the week in the evenings. Occasionally, on the weekends, a free shuttle bus takes students to Stowe and Sugarbush, about an hour's drive from campus.

Other ski areas within driving distance are Jay Peak, Burke, Killington and Mad River Glen. For more information about skiing and riding in Vermont, click here.

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All residential students are required to purchase the Carte Blanche meal plan, which (awesomely) grants unlimited access to the IDX Dining Hall.

The Carte Blanche meal plan also includes $150 in resident Flex to be used at EATS, the retail dining court in the CCM building, where you'll find Zime, The Grille and Auntie Anne's. Flex is used like cash in the IDX Dining Hall and EATS. When you use your card at IDX, it will swipe against your meal plan, if you have one. If you're out of guest swipes, you can still bring a friend in for a meal with your Flex.

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Your meal plan is programmed onto your Champlain College ID card, and you cannot use the Carte Blanche meal plan to purchase things off campus. That said, your Champlain College ID (CC Card) can also act like a debit card, providing you with CC Cash.

You can make deposits that will load onto your CC Card, which you can then use for campus laundry, the bookstore and at snack bars. This is separate from your Carte Blanche meal plan. You may also use the debit card around town at multiple vendors, wherever merchants display our CC Card logo.

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Academics Questions

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Yes, if a student earns a 4 or better on an AP exam, Champlain will award three credits for each exam.

If a student earns a "C" or better in a course at another institution, the credit will be awarded.

Champlain must receive notification of the AP score or the final transcript from the college (you must request that they send it to us) in order to grant the credits.

If you have taken any AP exams, have an official score report sent to the Office of Admissions prior to August 13, 2018. If you have taken courses at another college, please have that institution send an official transcript. Any courses completed on a college campus must have an official transcript for credit to be granted. 

MAIL TRANSCRIPT(S) AND/OR AP SCORES TO:

Champlain College
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 670
Burlington, VT 05402

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See our complete listing of course descriptions in the 17-18 Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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We have an amazing system of academic support through our SMART Space. We have an entire building devoted to academic success strategies that will help you build your skills, such as goal setting, organizational strategies, reading strategies, note-taking, study strategies, time management and test taking.

We also have tutor and peer mentoring labs across disciplines, plus online resources available 24/7. This is to say nothing about our award-winning librarians, who are second to none. If you are motivated to seek enrichment and skill building, you'll find no shortage of resources to help you meet your academic goals.

Plus, we take a very human approach, which includes stress-management techniques and programs. For example, we'll bring in puppies for therapy and encouragement near midterms and finals.

Champlain College provides its students with many opportunities to learn how to get the most out of their valuable college education and build skills for a successful future.

In addition to academic support services, which include peer tutoring through its campus labs and 24/7 online tutoring through Smarthinking, Champlain also offers academic coaching programs, which are designed to build your academic skills. Check out all the academic support opportunities Champlain has to offer.

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Once you have your final schedule, you may order your textbooks. Note that we do not ship to dorm rooms, the campus mail room or any other on-campus location

With your course schedule in hand, visit the Campus Store's website. Click on the "Books" tab, then continue through the directions to "Search by Course." 

Once you have selected your term, department, course number and section, you'll be able to view all required books. Make sure your section numbers match your schedule. You'll have the option to buy or rent books new or used based on availability. All options can be purchased in the store or online.

When purchasing online, you can choose free shipping or to pick up your books when you get to campus. If you choose in-store pickup, you just need to bring your Champlain College ID card to the bookstore.

If you choose to order your books when you get to campus, after the semester starts, the staff at the Campus Store will help you out. If we're out of stock for a book you need, they'll put in a special order and pay for the shipping. Talk to a team member if you need help.

The Campus Store has almost all books available for renting. To rent a book, you need to bring a credit or debit card, along with a valid ID (driver's license, passport or state ID card). Students need to make sure that the book is returned to the bookstore by the last day of finals for each semester. If a rental is not returned at the end of the semester, you will be charged the difference between the rental cost and purchase price.

Our return policy is that all books, with a receipt and in resalable condition, can be returned within seven days after the start of the semester. If a student adds/drops a course, they can exchange or return books within 30 days as long as they show valid paperwork.

When buying or renting textbooks, if you find a book somewhere else locally or online for less, we match the price.

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There is no better time than when you're in college to spend a semester or a year in a foreign country. The key to studying abroad is planning early and meeting with an advisor from our Office of International Education.


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Direct any questions you have about your major to your Program Director.

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Yes. You can.

If you are an enrolled new student who has not started classes yet and have questions about changing your major, you may contact an Admission Counselor at (802) 860-2727 to discuss your options.

If you have already started taking classes at Champlain, and want to switch majors, contact your current Faculty Advisor and the Program Director of the major you wish to switch into. They'll work together with you and the Registrar to transition your program.

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Finances Questions

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All students admitted into a Champlain bachelor's degree program are automatically considered for one of Champlain's merit-based scholarships. These scholarships focus on students who exemplify excellence in academics and engagement outside the classroom.

All admitted students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be considered for Champlain's need-based scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, allowing the College to enroll the brightest, most diverse students regardless of family income.

Champlain reviews each student individually and awards scholarships that match the student's level of achievement, need and other characteristics.

For more information, contact Champlain College's Compass Student Services at (802) 860-2777 or compass@champlain.edu.

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Banks within walking distance to campus are listed below:

Also, you can use your Champlain College ID card as a CC Cash Card. Once you deposit funds, you can use your CC Cash Card as a debit card, which is accepted by merchants on and off campus where you see the CC Cash Card logo.

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Champlain College offers a health insurance plan for students who do not have outside insurance. Learn more about our Full-Time Student Health & Accident Insurance options.

The Student Health Center provides health care to Champlain College's undergraduate and international students, both on-campus residents and commuters.

We work with all students, whether they're covered by College insurance or their parent's or guardian's policy. The staff includes registered nurses and nurse practitioners, as well as a variety of medical consultants.

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Campus Life Questions

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New Student Orientation happens Friday, August 24 to Sunday, August 26.

Residence halls open at 8:00 AM on Friday, August 24 for move in.

Classes start the following Monday, August 27.

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Burlington is one of the safest cities in one of the safest states in the country. That said, our campus is our community and maintaining safety and security for all students, faculty, staff and visitors is our highest priority.

The Campus Public Safety Office provides comprehensive services to prepare for, prevent and respond to a variety of safety and security situations, including extreme weather, pandemic illness, burglary and violence on campus. Public safety officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and on-campus emergency call boxes connect you directly to rapid response teams.

To keep all members of our campus community informed, we've implemented a comprehensive Alert Notification System in the event of emergency evacuation, weather-related campus closures, or other situations requiring rapid mass communication.All residence halls are locked; only residents have access cards.

All residence halls are hardwired to the Burlington Fire Department, which is two minutes from campus.

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Our Dining Hall has it all-amazing views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, seven food stations, meals cooked to order and much more.

Sodexo chefs are trained to accommodate a variety of palates. They offer gluten-free, non-dairy and other allergy-free products every day. You'll also find vegan, vegetarian and lacto-ovo options at each meal.

For information about Dining Hall hours, meal plan pricing and menus, visit the Champlain Sodexo website. The best way to see all the good stuff is on the Champlain College Dining Services Facebook page.

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Some of the best parts of college life are discovering new opportunities, meeting people and going to new places.

The IDX Student Life Center is the main hub of activity on campus. You'll find a big-screen television, plenty of comfortable chairs, ultrafast Wi-Fi everywhere, computers and games. The center also houses the Argosy Gymnasium and Fitness Center.

Numerous clubs and organizations on campus are active throughout the school year, offering ways to meet people with similar interests and students from around the world. From photography to dance, hockey to music, opportunities abound. Most clubs are started by student leaders who want to see fun and rewarding events happening on and off campus. We encourage you to get involved!

If you are interested in helping to plan events and activities, put your ideas into action. Get involved with the Student Government Association or CHAMP. These groups meet regularly to plan and implement many of the great activities that the College sponsors.

The Stall Street Journal is posted throughout campus each week to let you know what's happening. You will also find new listings online each week. We encourage you to attend the annual Activities Fair and barbecue in the second week of classes to meet Program Advisors and learn about things to do. And at the Service Fair, you can meet many community leaders looking for volunteers.

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Champlain has long maintained a commitment to addressing issues of social justice and environmental stewardship in Burlington and beyond. Our community partners tell us they benefit from our support and involvement. We know that students value the experience of making a difference through learning.

Champlain recognizes that more intentional, productive, and educational service can happen when it is integrated with sustained reflective learning. Energized by this insight, the Center for Service and Sustainability focuses primarily on experiential learning and working collaboratively toward a better, flourishing world for all generations.

The Center for Service and Sustainability offers opportunities for students, faculty and staff to engage in service, and oversees Sustain Champlain, Champlain''s campus sustainability initiative. The Center combines community service with academic instruction by immersing students in critical, reflective thinking and integrating their major, Core Curriculum and extra-curricular learning.

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The Wellness & Fitness Center has a full range of weights, cycling and other cardiovascular equipment, and a multi-purpose space for dance, group classes — Pilates, Zumba, Body Pump, kickboxing, yoga — and strength-building exercise. The Argosy Gymnasium is available for basketball, soccer, volleyball and other intramural and recreational activities.

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If you still have questions, feel free to contact a member of our academic or administrative offices using the links below. If your email is received after hours or on a day the College is closed, someone will get back to you during normal business hours.

If you still have questions, feel free to contact someone in our academic or administrative offices using the links below:

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What Will Your Champlain Story Be?

Want to know what it’s like to be a student here? Check out these videos.

Not to distract you from the all-important task of enrolling at Champlain, but our students have great stories to tell. What will yours be?

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