UMass Boston

Members of Class of 2024 Get to Know Each Other on Welcome Day

02/27/2020| Division of Enrollment Management

With the regular decision application deadline just days away, UMass Boston’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions has received more than 14,000 applications, putting UMass Boston on track for one of its largest applicant pools in university history.

Admitted student holds up sign that says #Classof2024
A popular Welcome Day activity was posing with the giant #2024 sign.
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“ The Class of 2024 is large, it is diverse, and it is accomplished. ”

“The Class of 2024 is large, it is diverse, and it is accomplished,” Director of Undergraduate Admissions Corey Ford said at Saturday’s Welcome Day for Admitted Students event.

Welcome Day crowd in auditorium

Because it gives students the option to apply early action and regular decision, this year the university is again offering two separate Welcome Day events for admitted students. Welcome Day is the first time newly admitted students really get to see each other on campus as a class. More admitted students attended this first Welcome Day event than attended the Welcome Day events held the previous four Februarys. More than 700 admitted students and 1,100 guests from as far away as Texas, Illinois, and Minnesota, came to campus on February 22.

There were 106 students from states other than Massachusetts in attendance, including Andrew Russo, who is from Connecticut. Russo says being from a small town, the city of Boston itself was a huge draw. He’s already submitted his new student deposit, committing to attend UMass Boston this fall, and plans to live on campus.

“When I first visited the campus, that’s when it really clicked,” Russo said, mentioning that the enthusiastic tour guides helped him to see the appeal of our location.

Andrew Russo

Following a student musical performance and introduction to the orientation theme, Camp UMB, students and their guests headed to academic sessions to hear from their college’s dean and faculty. During the Beacon Student Experience Panel, students had the chance to ask current Beacons questions either anonymously or verbally and get an unfiltered look into the UMass Boston experience. Guests were also able to enjoy brunch in the Residence Hall Dining Commons.

Isaury Hernandez

In the bookstore a number of students picked up some UMass Boston-branded merchandise to celebrate their admission. Massachusetts resident Isaury Hernandez is considering a criminal justice major, which may lead to a law degree down the line. UMass Boston’s close relationship with businesses and the state government means more connections to internships and opportunities for employment, she said.

Nick Batista and Kathleen Byrne are both from Massachusetts’ South Shore, and both are planning to major in nursing. Byrne mentioned the university’s respected nursing program, as well at the large number of great hospitals for which Boston is known. Batista was excited to get out of his comfort zone and explore the city, and to get involved with clubs and cultural groups on campus, including Casa Latinx.

The next Welcome Day for Accepted Students will be held on April 4. The undergraduate application deadline is March 1.

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