Champlain Hosts Summer Bridge for Transfer Students

To help with the academic transition and to move ahead in Champlain's curriculum, all transfer students with more than 12 credits (who enter in the fall or spring semesters) are required to attend a transfer Summer Bridge Program on-campus from Monday, July 1-Friday, Aug. 9, 2013.

The benefits of Summer Bridge are abundant, and for the first few days the information students receive during the Summer Bridge Orientation on June 30 should help answer any lingering questions and prepare them for their summer in Burlington.

Benefits of the Summer Bridge Program include:

  • Earn six required Core credits
  • 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 evaluations, outstanding financial aid concerns, and residential life decisions
  • Spend six incredible weeks in one of the country's most desirable summer vacation spots

Orientation begins Sunday, June 30 with check-in for residential and commuter students. After a luncheon with a special welcome from Core Dean Betsy Beaulieu, students will meet fellow classmates and play Games on the Green on Champlain's Aiken Lawn. Other activities include a trip to local arcade, Pizza Putt, before beginning classes and meeting the student life team and other services on-campus.

"The Summer Bridge program is a wonderful experience for any transferring student," said Breanna Bonner '11. "I got a really amazing look at what the Core is all about before I came in the fall. It absolutely smoothed my transition into Champlain College. Living on campus for three weeks of my summer allowed me to get familiar with the area and the campus before the rush of people in the fall. I got to experience what the Core classes were all about and met a lot of really amazing people. Even though I had to go to class it was still like a vacation. I got to live on my own in an amazing residential hall, live in one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, and after class was over I went to the beach."

For more information on transferring or Summer Bridge, please contact Amber Rich, Senior Transfer Admission Manager, at or visit the Summer Bridge page.

To register for Summer Bridge, please download, print and return the Summer Bridge Registration Form [PDF]

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit