Benefits of Applying Early Decision

If Champlain College is your top choice school, you should absolutely apply through our Early Decision option. It's easy, it's FREE, and there are some key benefits to doing so.

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You'll get your admission decision and financial aid award earlier than candidates who apply through Regular Decision, and you'll be able to enjoy the rest of your senior year and begin making plans for your transition to our campus in Burlington.

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When you apply Early Decision, you are competing against a smaller pool of applicants overall: approximately 400 vs the 5,000+ that will apply through the Regular Decision option. The rate of admission for Early Decision applicants is higher than it is for other applicants. Typically, more than one-third of our incoming classes are admitted through Early Decision.

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Priority for access to our roommate selection tool and housing request form is given based on the date the enrollment deposit is received. Early Decision applicants receive their admissions decisions far earlier than other applicants, allowing them to be among the first matched with roommates and assigned a residence hall. As each of our 20 Victorian-era mansions offers different styles and views, you might want to get involved in this process on the front end of things.

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All of our majors are popular, but a few are so popular and specialized that they have enrollment caps: Game Art, Game Design, Game Programming, and Game Production Management. Additionally, Computer & Digital Forensics, Data Science, Filmmaking, Professional Writing, Visual Communication Design, and Computer Networking & Cybersecurity are also in high demand. The Early Decision option allows you to compete against a smaller pool of applicants for the highly coveted spots in these programs.

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We pride ourselves with providing a highly personalized approach to all we do at Champlain. However, in Early Decision, we are processing fewer applications at one time so our Admissions and Financial Aid teams are able to provide families with extra attention.

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As an Early Decision student, you gain access to our Career Catalyst program which, among other things, allows you to attend exclusive networking workshops and events on campus and throughout the country. These professional events are hosted by the Career Collaborative—home to Champlain's unique InSight program which provides students with the career positioning and personal finance know-how they need to be successful. To learn more, you can download a PDF one-sheet that outlines all the ways Early Decision students benefit from the Career Catalyst program.

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