Transfer Students: Summer Bridge

Summer Bridge

Summer Bridge 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016 – Friday, August, 5
Class times: 9 AM – Noon
On-campus only

Summer Bridge is a recommended six-credit academic experience for new transfer students (who have more than 12 credits and at least one college-level writing/composition course) and first-year students entering in January.

Summer Bridge Election Form


  • Earn six required Core credits
  • Transfer up to six English composition credits to meet first-year Core requirements.
  • Build lasting friendships with Champlain students and get comfortable with the campus and faculty prior to the start of the fall semester.
  • Wrap up last-minute administrative tasks such as final transcript evaluation and residential life details.
  • Spend six incredible weeks in one of the country’s most desirable summer vacation spots.

Orientation Details

Program Runs:
Sunday, June 26 - Friday, August 5, 2016
Class times: 9 a.m.–Noon
On-campus program only (not offered online)


To help with the academic transition, and to help you move ahead in your curriculum, all transfer students with more than 12 credits (or first year students who begin in the January semester) are encouraged to attend the transfer Summer Bridge Program. The benefits of this opportunity are abundant: you will earn six credits towards your Core requirements, have an opportunity to establish early relationships with faculty, staff and fellow students, and in general, have an enjoyable, educational experience that will give you momentum going into the fall term.


It's hard to believe that soon you will begin life as a student at Champlain College by participating in the Summer Bridge Program.

By now we're sure you are as excited as we are about your arrival on campus for Summer Bridge Orientation and the beginning of your summer Core classes. Whether you will be living in a college residence hall or commuting, the information provided during Summer Bridge Orientation should help answer any lingering questions and prepare you for your summer in Burlington.


Summer housing is available for the Summer Bridge Program from June 26 through August 5. If you elect to live on campus during the Summer Bridge Program, you will have even more opportunities to build relationships in a fun and comfortable setting. Resident Assistants lead a variety of social events, including outdoor trips to Vermont's mountains and lakes, excursions in and around Burlington, game nights, movie nights, and more.

If you are staying on campus for the Summer Bridge Program and you are a fall residential student, note that there are three weeks between when the Summer Bridge Program ends and the start of the fall semester. During this time, you must leave your summer housing and find alternate accommodations so that the janitorial staff have time to clean and ready the halls for the fall semester. You must also bring your belongings with you, as on-campus storage is not available during these three weeks. We recommend Kilburn and Gates for off-campus storage, as they have a pickup and delivery option. You can reach Daniel McFadden there at
(802) 862-4100 or


The cost of this six-week program, including tuition, meal plan, and room is $900 (books not included). The tuition for students living off-campus is $500.

Required Texts:

  • Linden, The Accidental Mind
  • Shakespeare, Othello
  • Hock, Forty Studies That Changed Psychology
  • Freeland, Portraits & Persons
  • Heilbroner, Teachings From the Worldly Philosophers
  • Plato, Republic
  • Fischer, Albion's Seed


To register for Summer Bridge, download, print, and return the Summer Bridge Election Form (PDF).
A signature is required to opt-out of Summer Bridge. Download, print, sign, and return the Summer Bridge Election Form (PDF).