Student Life

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The Champlain Pre-College Summer Program Experience

The residential experience during Champlain College’s pre-college summer programs is structured and supervised yet offers high school students the opportunity to experience what it’s like to live and learn on our beautiful college campus.

We employ a team of resident Program Mentors for each program who, in partnership with the Program Director, create a vibrant and exciting on-campus community for our residential students. Our Program Mentors are chosen through a highly selective application and interview process and are all either current students majoring in the field or recent graduates from Champlain College. In addition to having firsthand experience studying the relative majors at Champlain, these students have also received extensive training from our Residential Life staff, preparing them to create a safe and supportive experience for our students.

Sample Schedule

7:30 – 8:30 AMBreakfast
8:30 – 9:00 AMMorning Meeting
9:00 AM – 12:00 PMInstruction
12:00 – 1:00 PMLunch
1:00 – 2:00 PMRecreation / Rest
2:00 – 5:30 PMInstruction
5:30 – 6:30 PMDinner
6:30 – 10:00 PMEvening Activity
10:00 – 11:00 PMBack to Residence Halls
11:00 PMLights Out

Each student will be given a detailed schedule of their classes by email and during check-in on the first day of their program.

On-Campus Housing

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Students will stay in one of Champlain’s newest contemporary residence halls located right in the heart of the Champlain College campus. These residence halls feature open lounge areas, a dining area, and small, shared study rooms. Our residence halls are air-conditioned and handicap accessible. Just outside is a landscaped grass courtyard with outdoor tables and amphitheater seating. Students live in double-occupancy rooms with one roommate. Rooms are furnished with twin extra-long beds, dressers, desks with chairs, and linens (including sheets, pillows, and pillow cases). In general, roommates are matched by students’ fields of interest, gender identity, and grade level. Individual programs will occupy entire floors within one of our residence halls and each floor will be gender-inclusive. There are several semiprivate bathrooms available on each floor that will be shared by students staying in the nearby rooms.

On-Campus Dining

During Champlain’s pre-college summer programs, students will eat most meals in the spectacular dining hall of the IDX Student Life Center, offering all-you-can-eat buffet service featuring fresh, contemporary menus, often made with local Vermont products. Champlain College is proud to be designated as a Fair Trade Campus, supporting our producing communities economically, socially, and environmentally. There are also times when students will eat picnic/BBQ-style meals during off-campus field trips. Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options are always available. Students can bring snacks with them to campus or buy snacks from several on-campus vending machines and at our campus store. 

Our dining service also accommodates specific food allergies. Please note any specific food allergies when you register for a program, and we will work with you to ensure all dining needs are addressed.

Recreational Activities

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Our pre-college summer programs are intensive. However, we prioritize a healthy approach and build some time to relax and have fun into the schedule on a daily basis. Every day after lunch, we set aside an hour for students to rest or play outside on the quad. Every evening after dinner, there are recreational activities planned that are program-specific and keep students engaged and busy. Some evenings offer students choices of advanced classes in addition to recreational opportunities. Other evenings offer required group activities design to build community within the program. Year after year, students tell us that our recreational programming helped them make connections with their peers outside of the classroom while they were here on campus.


Tucked into the shore of Lake Champlain, downtown Burlington is a safe, walkable city home to an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants and is well-known for the Church Street Marketplace. This pedestrian-only shopping district offers plenty to explore, including shops, cafés, restaurants, and coffee shops. There are bike lanes around the downtown area, so getting around the Greater Burlington area on two wheels is easy. There’s also a 7.6-mile bike path that runs along the lake and connects to the Colchester bike path. Vermont has an abundance of beautiful mountains to hike, ranging from leisurely hikes for beginners to more challenging terrain, all within one hour’s drive of Burlington.


Student safety is very important to us during pre-college summer programs. The Campus Safety team at Champlain College participates in each program orientation to make sure that students know how to stay safe on campus. In addition, the Campus Safety team monitors the campus 24 hours a day, providing each program access to services and support when needed.

Behavioral Guidelines

In order to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable, safe, and educational experience during our residential programs, we ask students to adhere to a Code of Conduct for both the classroom and residential components of their experience. Participation in our programs means you are here to learn, and we have a lot to accomplish together! Students and parents will be asked to sign a behavioral contract before the start of the program to ensure that families understand program expectations.

Personal Device Usage

Electronic devices and social media should be turned off during classes and presentations unless approved for use by an instructor. We require that students refrain from using personal email, instant messaging, social media, and gaming platforms during all class and lab times. Program-specific packing lists provide information about which devices are welcome on campus. Students and parents will be asked to sign a personal device usage contract before the start of the program to ensure that families understand program expectations.

Covid-19 Protocols

Champlain’s goal is to deliver the best possible virtual and on-campus experiences for our students while keeping the health and safety of our community as our highest priority. We continue to align our plans with the latest public health information and guidance, and we will continue to monitor and adjust plans and protocols as needed.

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Learn More About Pre-College Summer Programs at Champlain College

Fill out the form below to receive additional information about our programs through our mailing list. If you have any questions, contact Bridget Ryan at or (802) 383-6287, or include them in your form submission, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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