Interest in the University of Massachusetts Boston is at an all-time high. A record number of admitted students and their families attended Welcome Day I on Saturday, February 27, as well as a scholarship dinner the night before.
UMass Boston’s Division of Enrollment Management has seen a 24 percent increase in early action applications and a 30 percent increase in early acceptances for fall 2016. The quality of the applicant pool has increased as well as its geographic diversity. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has received applications from students in 48 of the 50 states and from 95 different countries.
“We are so impressed by the quality of our applicants that we have been able to extend scholarship offers and an invitation to the Honors College to approximately 425 Chancellor Scholars and 210 out-of-state merit scholarship winners to date, substantially more than offered for fall 2015,” said Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Lisa Johnson.
Chancellor J. Keith Motley welcomed close to 900 students and their families at the annual Welcome Day I for Accepted Students on Saturday. Holding up a new acceptance package titled “You’re In! Class of 2020,” Chancellor Motley applauded the admitted students who filled the Clark Convocation Center, saying he hopes they will make UMass Boston their “First Choice.”
Welcome Day began with a performance by the UMass Boston Chamber Singers. Sociology major Meaghan Fischer ‘16 introduced the chancellor.
Attendees learned more about their majors by spending time with the deans, faculty, staff, and students from their colleges through lunch. Many workshops and information sessions gave guests the opportunity to ask questions about financial aid and scholarships, athletics, the Honors College, campus life, and more.
Tours began at the brand new University Hall, which features specialized spaces for the Arts, Performing Arts, and Chemistry Departments, with its reconfigurable theater, recital hall, dance studio, music rooms, and 26 new classrooms. Check out more photos from Welcome Day.
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management John Drew said, “I am so pleased that our accepted students and guests were welcomed by campus leadership, staff, faculty from across the university, and current students, demonstrating the kind of support they can expect to receive when they arrive on campus in the fall.”
The university also welcomed 325 scholarship winners and guests at its annual reception and dinner program the night before — a 17 percent increase in attendance over last year. Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Winston Langley addressed the ballroom full of students on the value of coming to a top public research university as an undergraduate. The crowd also heard from two current students in the Honors College.
UMass Boston will host a second Welcome Day on Saturday, April 9.