Admissions Insider: Summer vs. Fall Open House

Regardless of when you choose to visit, we at Champlain are ready to provide you with a memorable experience in Burlington, Vermont. We might be biased here, but every season is worth a visit to camps—which is why we give you seasonal options for attending an Open House event.

Before we dive into the differences between our summer and fall events, here’s what you can count on any time of year at an Open House: 

  • Campus Adventures: Tour our Victorian-era residence halls, snap some Instagram-worthy shots from the library balcony, and soak up the vibes that make Champlain a cozy learning haven and tight-knit community.
  • Upside-Down Curriculum: Discover how we transform your major at Champlain College from an education to a hands-on learning experience. Our faculty will introduce to you the Upside-Down Curriculum, which puts every student in major-related courses from the get-go.
  • Admissions & Financial Aid Connect: Meet the crew whose job it is to make your college search a breeze. Got questions? They’ve got answers. Dive into potential pathways and hear their insights that will shape your college journey.
  • Chill in Burlington: Beyond campus, Burlington is your playground. Between internship opportunities, outdoor thrills, and a downtown packed with local eateries and shops—our small city is regularly named one of the best college towns in America.

Directional sign at Champlain College pointing out different buildings and campus locations.
The Champlain College campus has endless beautiful spots to hang out and study.

So what makes Late Summer Open House special?

Late Summer Open House is the perfect opportunity to connect with our community in a laid-back atmosphere, all while taking in the stunning lake and mountain views from the library balcony. Trust us, it’s even more mesmerizing in the summer glow.

Here’s the coolest part: you’ll hear directly from Deans and Program Directors about our unique Upside-Down Curriculum and how it touches every major. It’s designed to give you hands-on learning from day one. At the Late Summer Open House, you’ll begin to narrow down your academic interest. You’ll also learn about the special community we foster here at Champlain, where everyone is welcome and respected for who they are.

Plus, if/when you discover during the Open House that Champlain is your dream school, you can apply right then and there. Imagine going home with one less thing on your to-do list. So mark your calendars and let’s make this day count!

Upcoming Late Summer Open House event:
Saturday, September 16

Ben and Jerry's ice cream truck at Champlain College campus
The Ben & Jerry’s truck is a staple at our Summer Open House events.

What sets Fall Open House apart?

Our Fall Open Houses are your VIP passes to enjoy the beauty of Vermont in the fall and our vibrant community at Champlain. Nature puts on a colorful show around campus and in the surrounding area that you simply have to see to believe.

Imagine a leisurely stroll, taking in the charm of our Victorian-era residence halls, once occupied by historic figures like First Lady Grace Coolidge. Your Insta-worthy photo from the library balcony is not to be missed, and this time of year, the majestic mountains and serene Lake Champlain will have stunning fall foliage in the background.

But this event isn’t just about sightseeing; it’s about hands-on learning. You’ll have the option to select your major of interest and hear directly from faculty and students in that major while you’re here. Think of Fall Open House as a sneak peek at what your classroom experience might be like. You’ll also hear about how your major of interest is designed to give not only you the skills you need for a rewarding career, but employers the talent they say they need to succeed well into the future. We’ll also give you the inside scoop on internship opportunities and impressive job placement rates, so you can start your career with all the confidence in the world.

Upcoming Fall Open House events:
Saturday, October 14 & Saturday, November 4

Champlain College campus in the Fall
The breathtaking view from the Champlain library balcony.

Game on

And gamers, this one’s for you! Our annual Game Career Exploration event coincides with one Fall Open House event each year, giving you the inside scoop on the game industry. Go deeper into our Game Studio programs and have more time to ask questions and get to know our Game faculty.

High school seniors, take note! This is your chance to apply in person. And with our Scholar’s Advantage application, applying is a breeze and no essay is required.

Upcoming Game Career Exploration event:
Friday, October 13

Three Champlain students sit around a table in the courtyard, looking at a sheet of paper.
You can often find students working at courtyard tables during the late summer and early fall months.

Why do both?

Whether you’re into the greens of summer or the fiery hues of fall, our Open House events are where passion, readiness, and growth collide. These impactful events are designed to get you thinking about your future and hopes for what’s to come in life. Start building your relationship with Champlain and find your voice in an environment that’s all about experience, career preparation, and personal growth.

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