Class of 2023 encouraged to ‘build a better world’
More than 1,300 people attended Camel Days, a special day introducing admitted students from the Class of 2026 to academic and student life at Conn. Students, along with their families, toured campus and met with current students, faculty and staff who offered an insider’s perspective into what makes Conn special. They attended an academic fair, and learned more about the arts, athletics, honors studies and sustainability on campus.
Camel Days kicked off at the Athey Center for Performance and Research at Palmer Auditorium and, because of the record number of guests, students overflowed into Evans Hall. Conn President Katherine Bergeron, Andrew Strickler, dean of admission and financial aid and Samirah Jaigirdar ’22, a double major in international relations and global Islamic studies, spoke about the essence of the Conn experience.
"There is no better day than an admitted student open house (except maybe move-in day), because we have the chance to celebrate the achievements of our applicants and envision the sunrise of their next academic and personal journey here at Conn," said Strickler.
The day proceeded with numerous events that introduced guests to everything from STEM to studio art at Conn. Students also learned about Connections, Conn’s reinvention of the liberal arts, and career preparation at Conn, and took a tour of the 750-acre Connecticut College Arboretum, a living laboratory for environmental research and teaching that also serves as a recreational facility for the campus community and the general public.
Of course, one of the favorite activities of the day is the opportunity for students and families to take photos with Conn’s mascot: the Camel. Students were encouraged to share their Camel selfies with #ConnColl2026.
“One of the most important aspects to Camel Days is that it’s a day devoted to introducing admitted students to their fellow Camels,” Strickler said.
“The energy and excitement on Camel Days is most definitely something to behold.”
For more information or to register for Camel Days on April 25, click here.