Maeve '14, Undeclared, Division of Communication & Creative MediaFairfield, CTDIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA In high school, Maeve fell in love with Champlain through a virtual tour. The courtship continued after a real tour a year later. After taking classes at a state university and a community college, Maeve enrolled at Champlain. That's when she found her place. "It's a small campus, so it's easy to navigate. You feel like you belong—no judgment is in the air," Maeve says.
Champlain's Summer Bridge Program and orientation for transfer students help them make the transition. "The Bridge Program is a terrific opportunity for us all to mingle and merge into our new environment together. And it's a great time to get the Core credits out of the way," Maeve says. During orientation, along with snowshoeing, campus tours and games, Maeve mingled and merged.
"Champlain eases you into the transfer process without making you feel like an outsider. I haven't been here long, and it feels like I started my college career here years ago," she says.
Megh '14, Computer & Digital Forensics majorPhiladelphia, PADIVISION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCES
It was a good sign to Megh that Champlain Digital Forensics professor Jonathan Rajewski fielded multiple phone calls from him with questions about the program—before Megh even applied. And that a transfer admissions staff member helped him find a job on campus—before he started. That made Megh's choice seem all the more solid when he transferred to Champlain from a community college in his hometown of Philadelphia.
He was already convinced about Champlain on one front. "It has the nation's best Computer & Digital Forensics program with the best professionals in the field teaching us," he says. "The small classroom size allows a better faculty-student interaction. And it's great to study with professionals who use the tools and software in real life."
In addition to attentive faculty and staff, the Summer Bridge Program helped Megh's transition to Champlain. "It was the best way to transition into Champlain. It gives a taste of what it's like," he says.