UMass Boston's record number of admitted students, their families visit campus for welcome day
Many of the more than 600 prospective students who attended the first of two Welcome Days at the University of Massachusetts Boston on Saturday, February 24, have signed up for the new dorms, which open this September. For the past three years, UMass Boston has held two Welcome Day sessions to accommodate the increasingly high number of prospective students who have applied or have been accepted to UMass Boston. The second Welcome Day is Saturday, April 7.
The weekend events include scholarship dinners for students receiving merit scholarships. At the scholarship dinner, Interim Chancellor Barry Mills spoke with the merit scholarship recipients and their families. Incoming students had the opportunity to hear from multiple Honors College students who have excelled at UMass Boston.
“What you will find here is an incredible university and an incredible place to study, to learn, and to live,” Mills told the group, noting that UMass Boston will open its first residence halls in the fall. “The faculty are first-rate, the best you will find at any university in Boston. And as you and your parents know, you can be here for a fraction of the cost of those other universities.”
More than 600 accepted students attended the Welcome Day events, a remarkable 41 percent increase over the previous year. The College of Management experienced the largest jump, a 150 percent student increase over last year. The majority of the students in attendance indicated that they plan to live on campus in the new residence halls. More than 80 out-of-state students came from as far away as Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, and New Jersey.
“We’re thrilled to see so much excitement for UMass Boston,” said Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Lisa Johnson. “The students were able to experience a virtual tour of the brand-new residence halls they will live in this fall.”
UMass Boston students opened the Welcome Day with a musical performance by a jazz trio, followed by a welcome from University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan in University Hall, with a simultaneous welcome from Interim Chancellor Barry Mills in the Campus Center Ballroom.
“We are nearing completion of nearly a billion dollars of investment in new buildings and improvements in making this campus a world class campus,” President Meehan told the students. “I have a passion for UMass because I believe in the transformative nature of the education that every student who walks through our doors gets. It will enable that person to achieve whatever they set out to do in their lives.”
Following the opening welcome, students then learned more about their majors through meeting with college administrators, faculty, and current students. Workshops and information sessions gave parents, guests, and students an opportunity to ask more questions about the residence halls, financial aid and scholarships, athletics, campus life, and more.