The UMass Boston community welcomed more than 1,100 people to campus — including 443 admitted students — on Saturday, February 25, for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions’ Welcome Day I activities.
Accepted students, along with their parents and guests, got to hear from current UMass Boston students, learn more about their major, and spend quality time with deans, faculty, and staff from their college.
Guests took campus tours, explored university resources and support services, gathered information about financial aid, learned about the Honors College and campus life, and attended workshops on student housing, Career Services, and special programs in premedical and allied health services.
Saturday’s Welcome Day set a record, with attendance increasing 18 percent over last year.
“The university received applications from 49 of the 50 states and from 100 different countries to date,” said Corey Ford, director of undergraduate admissions. “This is one of our largest applicant pools ever.”
Student speaker Meghana Vallurupalli introduced UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley. Vallurupalli will graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in management, which includes a concentration in international relations and minors in both economics and cinema studies.
Motley addressed the enthusiastic crowd in the Clark Convocation and Athletic Center, explaining that UMass Boston will provide them with a valuable education that will not only help them land a great job, but see them through to a successful and enriched life.
“I hope today is not the last time we meet. Nothing would make me prouder than to see each of you here again, beginning classes in the fall,” Motley said. “I would be honored to be your Chancellor.”
The university hosts two Welcome Days for Accepted Students annually.
Last year the Office of Undergraduate Admissions moved up its Early Action application deadline from December 1 to November 1. There was also a change in the deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Department of Education moved up the start date for FAFSA filing to October 1, 2016 from January 2017. This meant that students and parents who completed their financial aid applications early received financial aid awards from UMass Boston as early as December 2016, three months earlier than last year.
More than 300 guests —including 109 scholarship recipients — attended an annual Scholarship Dinner the night before. Guests heard from Provost Winston E. Langley, Honors College Dean Rajini Srikanth, and UMass Boston Honors College seniors Timothy Musoke and Christine Newcomb.
Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Lisa Johnson congratulated the scholarship winners on their achievement. She proudly pointed out that the university has extended scholarship offers and an invitation to the Honors College to 509 Chancellor’s Scholarship recipients and nearly 237 merit scholarship winners, to date.
Shyann Colton, who received an out-of-state merit scholarship, said she drove from Michigan to spend the weekend in Boston and determine if UMass Boston is the right choice for her. Shyann explained, "I applied to UMass Boston because of your reputation in counseling psychology. I want to become a school psychologist.”
Easton resident Niyera Mitchell, who won a full Chancellor's Scholarship, has already decided to join the College of Liberal Arts Class of 2021. She attended the scholarship dinner with her mother and grandmother.
Her mom shared that “Niyera turned down other scholarship offers to accept UMass Boston’s offer.”