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.Maeve, CommunicationFairfield, CTDIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
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.Megh, Computer & Digital Forensics Philadelphia, PADIVISION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCES
When Veronica transferred to Champlain, she wanted to merge her passion for photography with Business Administration. With help from her adviser, professor Dr. Scott Baker, Veronica designed a professional photography specialization. "I can still do what I love but with a business background," says Veronica, who used her transferred photography credits to create the specialization.
After she graduates, she plans on opening a photography business. "I already feel I could start a business with the knowledge I now have," says Veronica. "Since taking accounting, I know how to manage money, and Business 110 showed me the different parts of a business and how they work together."
Veronica looks forward to the Summer Bridge Program for transfer students. "The fact that you can take six credits in the summer is a huge help. It will save time during the semester so I can focus on my major."Veronica, Business AdministrationWaitsfield, VTROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
One Thanksgiving, my cousin was visiting and he borrowed my computer to look at colleges in Vermont. I noticed he bookmarked Champlain College. After further investigating the school's website, it seemed like Champlain would be a good fit for me. I called the Admissions Counselor for transfer students and signed up to attend an open house. It was love at first sight. I soon transferred from Burlington Community College (BCC) in New Jersey, to the city of Burlington to attend my dream school.
The biggest attraction was that the Criminal Justice major professors all had extensive experience on the force and utilized hands on activities. I was originally a graphic design student at BCC, but I never a felt a passion for it. I felt like I couldn't grow because, although I was designing what the clients wanted, designing wasn't the career I craved.
I switched into Champlain's Criminal Justice major because of the excitement and action involved in the career. I did a ride-along with the New Jersey State Police Sargent First Class Heltzman. After going on it, I was confident I was in the right major, and that I'm in the field that I want to spend the rest of my life in. Brandyn, Criminal Justice MajorChesterfield, NJDIVISION OF EDUCATION & HUMAN STUDIES