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March 1, 2019

UMass Boston hosts record-setting "Welcome Day" for class of 2023

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"UMass Boston is a special place...you just get a feeling that this is the epicenter of the world."

UMass Boston greeted more than 1,650 admitted students and their guests who visited campus on Saturday, February 23 for the first Welcome Day event of 2019.  Attendance increased 9 percent over last year.

Hosted by the Division of Enrollment Management’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions, this is the first of two Welcome Days to acquaint the new fall 2019 class with the university.  The second, on April 6, continues the tradition of holding two Welcome Days to accommodate the growing interest in UMass Boston.

By submitting their enrollment deposits, 55 admitted students chose Welcome Day as their moment to say “Yes” and ensure their place in the Class of 2023.

Tiffany Tremblay of Lowell has already paid her enrollment deposit and will major in nursing.

“I’m excited about coming here in the fall,” she said. “I absolutely love the campus. The information sessions were super informative, and I love the residence halls.”

Attendance was so large, there were two simultaneous openings.

Addressing a standing-room only group of admitted students and their guests in University Hall, Interim Chancellor Katherine Newman pointed to a slide of the campus with the Boston skyline in the background and said, “We’re proud to be part of the booming City of Boston.”

“UMass Boston is a special place, and wide open to people whose families have never had real connection to the university experience. That’s true in my family and that’s true of the many families here,” she said. “Sixty-five percent of our students are the first generation in their family going to college. They’ve come here seeking the kind of future they want to find.”

Newman said students come from all over the world.

 “There are 90 languages spoken here. You just get a feeling that this is the epicenter of the world,” she said. “It gives you the chance to meet people whose social experiences are different than yours, which is the essence of a college education. You hear their ideas in the classroom. You debate concepts that you don’t hold in common. You learn something. It changes you as a person. This is the essence of an education, to give you a platform and understanding of the world and a way of understanding to let you go on and define the future with a critical mind and all kinds of skills.” 

As a graduate of a public university herself, Chancellor Newman said, “Public education beginning here at UMass Boston is the very best investment your family could make in your future.”

Afterward students met with the college of their intended major where they learned about its offerings, had the opportunity to talk with faculty, and understood more about UMass Boston’s distinctive education.

Several campus services, including Financial Aid, Student Life, Housing, Public Safety, and the Honors College, had representatives available throughout the Campus Center to speak with students and their guests. Tours were also available of the new residence halls, as well as the campus as a whole.

Dunkin’ Donuts in the Campus Center was open for guests, and an ice cream social event in the Dining Commons gave future students a sweet sampling of what’s to come in the fall semester.

“The excitement about UMass Boston was infectious. Students and their guest enjoyed learning more about our offerings and touring the campus.  Everyone from all over campus really helped make the event a success,” said Corey Ford, director of Undergraduate Admissions.

“The increase in attendance can be attributed to increased admissions travel, more personalized communication via the new Enrollment Portal, and a personalized acceptance video that Enrollment Management launched for first-year applicants in 2018, as well as continued excitement about the new residence halls,” Ford said.

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