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Champlain College

Burlington, VT 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate56%

Champlain College Admissions

Champlain College is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Champlain College is 56%. Out of 6,766 applications received in 2023, 3,773 students were offered admission.

If you are thinking about applying to Champlain College, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/15 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Champlain College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Champlain College's admissions stats.

Champlain College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 17%
Mean SAT Score 1224
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 26%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 4%
Waitlist Yes

Champlain College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Champlain College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 1 15

Applying Early to Champlain College?

Champlain College offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15

The early decision acceptance rate at Champlain College is 67%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 56%. Last year, Champlain College admitted 276 of the 410 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply to college early to increase their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of admission, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Champlain College Admissions

Transferring to Champlain College

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Champlain College

Champlain College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Champlain College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Champlain College

What does Champlain College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Talent/Ability Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
First Generation Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered

Make sure to check with Champlain College for more information on admission factors.

Champlain College Application Requirements

To apply to Champlain College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Champlain College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Other Requirements portfolio for creative media, filmmaking, game art and animation, game design, and graphic design and digital media majors
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Champlain College?

Students admitted to Champlain College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 32% submitted a class rank. At Champlain College 17% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 47% were in the top 25% and 77% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Champlain College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 19%
3.75 and 3.99 20%
3.50 and 3.74 11%
3.25 and 3.49 17%
3.00 and 3.24 12%
2.50 and 2.9 15%
2.00 and 2.49 5%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Champlain College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Champlain College is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 26% of Champlain College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 4% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Champlain College?

To be competitive with other Champlain College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1140 and 1310 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Champlain College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1310 and 25% of scored lower than 1140, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Champlain College student is 1224.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Champlain College students scored 650 or higher and 75% of students scored 578 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Champlain College students scored 673 or higher, and 75% scored a 578 or higher.

To be most competitive at Champlain College, you should strive to earn between 27 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Champlain College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Champlain College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

More Information on Transferring to Champlain College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Champlain College. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Champlain College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Champlain College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Champlain College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Champlain College.

Does Champlain College accept transfer credits?

✅ Champlain College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Champlain College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Champlain College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Champlain College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Champlain College?

❌ No, Champlain College is test optional, so you can make the call whether to submit your test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Champlain College's acceptance rate?

✅ Champlain College has an acceptance rate of 56%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Champlain College?

✅ Champlain College's early decision acceptance rate was 67% in 2021.

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Champlain College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Champlain College? Champlain College is a somewhat selective institution. The Champlain College acceptance rate is 56%. This means that the institution accepts 55 out of every 100 applicants.


Champlain College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Champlain College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Champlain College is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Champlain College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1140 - 1310


Math SAT Range

550 - 650


Reading SAT Range

578 - 673

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1310 and Above


1140 to 1310


1140 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Champlain College students is 1224. Applicants with SAT scores of 1310 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Champlain College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1140 to 1310 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1140 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Champlain College.

Champlain College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Champlain College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.47. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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