Chris Foley, Criminal Justice

Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Oakham, Mass.

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When Chris Foley was looking at colleges, he saw that Rivier had everything he wanted. Foley hoped to continue playing basketball at a Division III institution and study criminal justice in order to further his goal of becoming a police officer. “I came to visit the College and was very satisfied,” he says.

As a student-athlete, Foley knows he made the right choice. “I’ve enjoyed my basketball experience very much,” he says. “Our team is very tight-knit, and we have great chemistry.” He trains at the recently expanded Muldoon Health and Fitness Center, using the brand new fitness equipment to stay in competitive shape. He is also a student-worker at the gym, assisting students and other members of the Rivier community in using the facility to meet their own fitness goals. “The athletic facilities are top notch,” Foley says.

In the classroom, he has similar experiences. “I couldn’t be happier with the criminal justice program,” Foley says. He praises the quality of the instructors, noting how they bring real-world experiences to their courses from their many years of work in the profession. “The program gives you a tremendous amount of insight into what to expect when you’re working in the field,” Foley says. “The professors have so many stories and firsthand experiences that you can’t learn out of a textbook.”  

He also learned about the criminal justice world through an internship with the Hudson, N.H. Police Department. Foley shadowed police officers, responded to calls for assistance, and visited a jail to transport a prisoner. “It was definitely the best experience I’ve ever had,” he says.